Toyota has started taking bookings for the Hilux lifestyle pickup, which has finally made its debut in the Indian market with its eighth-generation version. Available in two variants for India, the Toyota Hilux now can be booked for an amount of Rs 1 lakh across all the authorized dealer outlets. In addition, if someone wishes to book the Hilux online on the website of Toyota India, he/she can do it for an amount of Rs 50,000.
The deliveries of the Toyota Hilux will commence in March 2022, with the prices set to be revealed at that time only. The Toyota Hilux will be assembled in India through the semi-knocked down (SKD) route, with the current localization level set at 30 per cent. In terms of warranty, the Hilux is available with a standard warranty of 3 year/1 lakh km, which can be extended up to 5 lakh/2.2 lakh km (whichever comes earlier).
Variants and Colours
For India, the Toyota Hilux has been launched in two variants – Low and High. While the Low variant will be exclusively available with a manual version and colour options of Super White and Grey Metallic, the High variant will be on sale with both manual and automatic versions with the colour options of Emotional Red, Grey Metallic, White Pearl CS and Silver Metallic.
For the Indian market, Toyota has introduced some minor changes for the Hilux, which is an additional dose of chrome all around. Available solely in double-cab design, the India-spec Toyota Hilux comes with a heavy chrome finish around the front grill. There is a gloss black finish for the grille inserts and fog lamp surrounds, with the front bumper getting a rugged-looking skid plate in the middle. The Toyota Hilux comes with bi-beam LED projector headlamps and daytime running LEDs as standard.
There is additional chrome on the outside rearview mirrors, door handles, window waistline and rear bumper corner protectors. Even the 18-inch alloy wheels get a chrome finish. At the back, the Toyota Hilux comes with a vertically aligned tail lamp with LED inserts. The Toyota Hilux measures 5,325mm in length, 1,855mm in width and 1,815mm in height, with the wheelbase measuring at 3,085mm.
Interior and Features
The Toyota Hilux shares an entirely new all-black dashboard layout, at the centre of which sits a tablet-like 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This system supports Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity and also offers a display for the reverse camera. The lower centre console with buttons for dual-zone automatic climate control, multi-functional tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel and several other switches are shared with its SUV counterpart, the Toyota Fortuner.
Apart from the features mentioned above, the Toyota Hilux also gets leather upholstery, an 8-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, push start-stop button, rear AC vents and TFT MID in the instrument console. The Hilux also gets seven airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, front and rear parking sensors, active traction control, tyre angle monitor, automated limited-slip differential, automatic differential lock, trailer sway control, driver steer control, hill assist control, downhill assist control and vehicle stability control.
Engine and Transmission
For the Indian market, the Toyota Hilux will be exclusively available with a 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, which it shares with the Fortuner. Available with both 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission options, this diesel engine produces a maximum power output of 204 PS. In terms of torque output, while the manual version produces 420 Nm, the same produced by the automatic variant is rated 500 Nm.
The Toyota Hilux is offered with a four-wheel-drive system as standard, with the pickup claiming a water wading capacity of 700mm, an approach angle of 29 degrees and a departure angle of 26 degrees.