Toyota is finally bringing its much-awaited and awarded lifestyle pickup to India, the Hilux. The Japanese giant had already confirmed that the eighth-generation Toyota Hilux will come to India on January 20th, and now some more official details have surfaced. Here are some key points which you should know about the Toyota Hilux for India:
Gets perfect balance of gloss black and chrome elements on the outside
Talking about the exterior design of the Toyota Hilux, the pickup gets gloss black inserts for the front grille, which gets heavy chrome bordering all around and is flanked with bi-beam LED projector headlamps with daytime running LEDs. The fog lamp housings to are finished in gloss black. There is additional chrome garnish on the rearview mirrors, door handles, window waistline, 18-inch alloy wheels and rear bumper edges.
Gets an all-black cabin
Contrary to what was expected, the cabin of the Toyota Hilux is very different from that of the Fortuner in terms of layout. The entire cabin gets an all-black cabin with leather upholstery for the seats, steering wheel and door pads.
The India-spec Toyota Hilux is going to be the most feature-rich pickup in the country. In the top-spec trim, it comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, TFT MID in instrument console, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear AC vents, push start-stop button, cooled upper glove box, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, 8-way electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio, Bluetooth and cruise control buttons.
This is one of the biggest highlights of the Toyota Hilux, as the safety features present in it are absent in even some of the more premium SUVs, including its sibling Fortuner. The Hilux is equipped with features like an automatic differential lock, tyre angle monitor, limited-slip differential, front and rear parking sensors, rear camera, trailer sway control, drive star control, downhill assist control, hill assist control, vehicle stability control and active traction control.
The overall dimensions of the Toyota Hilux are more or less similar to that of the global-spec version. The Hilux is 5325mm long, 1855mm wide and 1815mm tall, with a wheelbase of 3085mm. The Hilux boasts a commendable water wading capacity of 700mm.
Engine and transmission options
The Toyota Hilux shares its 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with the Fortuner, which here too produces the same power and torque figures as in the Fortuner. Available with both 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission options, the Toyota Hilux claims a maximum power output of 205 PS. While the manual version puts up 420 Nm of peak torque, the automatic version promises a whopping 500 Nm of peak torque.
The new Toyota Hilux is confirmed to be available in two variants – Low and High. While the Low variant is exclusively available only with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the High variant will be on sale with both manual and automatic transmission options.
The Low variant of the Toyota Hilux is available in only two colour options of Super White and Grey. On the other hand, the more premium High variant will be offered with four colour options of Pearl White, Grey, Silver and Emotional Red.
The only direct competitor to the Toyota Hilux in India is going to be the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross. However, compared to the Hilux, the D-Max V-Cross feels lesser premium and lesser equipped.