Toyota Hilux: Bad and Good Things About the Pickup Truck

Find out what are the pros and cons of the newly launched lifestyle pickup truck by Toyota, the Hilux.

Toyota Hilux

Are you thinking of buying the new pickup from Toyota? Get to know all the good and bad things about the first-ever premium range pickup truck in India.

Toyota launched the Hilux on March 31, 2022. The first deliveries are out now and the company is all set out to take on the second set of bookings very soon by the end of April.

The pickup is currently priced starting from Rs 34 lakh and goes up to Rs 36.80 lakh (ex-showroom price). The Isuzu D-Max V-Cross is the only other pickup truck available in India but it is priced much lower than this premium model from Toyota.

Dimensions of Hilux

  • 5325 mm length x 1855 mm width x 1815 mm height
  • Wheelbase – 3085 mm
  • Weight – 2910 kg
  • Seating Capacity – 5

Design of Hilux

The truck is designed mostly based on the Innova Crysta and is built on the IMV-2 Platform. It shares underpinning with Toyota’s Fortuner along with the Crysta.

Variants

Standard MT, High MT and High AT

Colours

  • Emotional Red
  • White Pearl Crystal Shine
  • Silver Metallic
  • Super White
  • Gray Metallic

Features Offered

Hilux comes with great features like SMART Entry and Push Start/Stop, Aero-Stabilising Fins on ORVM Base and Rear Combination Lamps, Chrome plated door handles, Front LED fog lamps, Rear fog lamps. The wheels are 18-inch alloy with flared wheel arches.

On the inside of the Hilux, the seats are plush with soft upholstery and ventilated while the cabin also has a large TFT Multi-Information Display and an 8-inch infotainment system with both Android and Apple connectivity. It has got power steering with tilt and telescopic adjustment, 3 different driving modes, parking assist features,

Off-roading features include Downhill Assist Control, Active Traction Control, Electronic Drive Control and Electronic Differential Lock. Toyota has not skimped on the safety features of the Hilux either. There are a total of 7 SRS airbags, WIL concept seats in the front, ISOFIX and tethering anchor for child protection, ABS, Emergency Brake signal, etc.

Engine

A 2.6-litre diesel engine is under the hood of Hilux that can generate 204 PS max power and 420 Nm torque in the manual version and 500 Nm peak torque in the automatic.

Transmission

STD MT and High MT – Transmission 6MT with iMT [Intelligent Manual Transmission]

High AT – 6AT [Sequential Shift + Shiftlock]

The truck comes as a 4-wheel drive in all of its 3 variants for great driving performance.

Price of Hilux Variants

MT Standard Rs 40.45 lakh (ex-showroom price, Delhi)
MT High Rs 42.68 lakh (ex-showroom price, Delhi)
MT High Rs 43.85 lakh (ex-showroom price, Delhi)

Now that we know what to expect in terms of specifications from the pickup, let us get into what features are good and bad in Hilux.

Pros:

  • The pickup is extremely bold in design with a macho stance and rugged bumper design in the front. The truck is absolutely sophisticated not just in looks and has a majestic road presence. It undoubtedly makes a statement at the first glance.
  • The cabin is very luxurious with soft upholstery, heat rejection glass, Dual-zone AC and other premium features.
  • The water wading capacity of the Hilux is definitely on the thumbs-up column. It can plough through a depth of 700 mm or 27.5” in water.
  • Hilux is also offered in bulletproof variants in some countries. We can surely expect the addition in India soon for the right price.
  • Hilux has a rigid frame with an impact-absorbing structure that can take you across any terrain.
  • It is the first of its kind in India with all the off-roading features, safety equipment and convenience features stuffed into one attractive package.

Cons:

  • Price is undoubtedly high.
  • The ride quality can be bouncy once you gain speed on the Hilux.
  • The engine under the hood of the Hilux is pretty noisy and it can definitely do with some refinements in the future.
  • With the already steep price, buying your choice of add-on accessories will only increase the cost of the vehicle more.

With these points in mind, you can decide between Toyota’s Hilux and its much cheaper rival in the domestic market, the D-Max V-Cross.

So, what do you think about this new launch from Toyota? Are you tempted to buy one? Share your thoughts on the Hilux with us in the comments section below.

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