Toyota Kirloskar, the joint venture of Toyota Motor Company and Kirloskar Group, unveiled its iconic pick-up truck, Hilux in India on 20th January 2022. While the price for the truck is yet to be announced, bookings have commenced already and the deliveries are expected sometime in April of this year.
Toyota Hilux will be the only other lifestyle pick-up truck in its segment other than Isuzu’s D-Max and was launched in an online event during which,” TKM Managing Director Masakazu Yoshimura said, “We begin an amazing journey with the launch of an iconic vehicle known for extreme toughness across terrains of the world. The name Hilux needs no introduction, as its global sales have already surpassed 20 million units. This much-awaited lifestyle vehicle is best suited for off-roading adventures and daily city drives.
The Hilux will cater to these customer demands and hopefully spawn a new genre in the country. Further, this launch will set the path for us in India to welcome many more new customers to the Toyota family.”
Furthermore, TKM Executive Vice President of Sales and Customer Service Tadashi Asazuma told PTI, “Considering the customer expectations around the SUV and the segment, this seems to be a good time to introduce Hilux in the country. There are many 4×4 enthusiasts who are eagerly waiting for this car.
But how big the recreational segment can become in India depends on how much variety of lifestyle we can give to the customer – they should be able to just take their luggage and go outside for a family trip anytime. If customers get more aware of the benefits of the vehicle, this segment can become more popular in the country. We are hoping this vehicle will help make this market much bigger.”
The Hilux while resembling the Fortuner will be available in a sole double-cab body style and built on the IMV-2 platform that is shared with Crysta and Fortuner.
Global sales of the Hilux have already crossed 20 million units in over 180 countries. The truck will be assembled at TKM’s production facility in Karnataka and when asked about the sales number the company is targeting from the model, Asazuma stated, “Toyota is more interested in giving maximum customer satisfaction, rather than just achieving volumes. These days our mantra is how can we be a mass happiness provider to society? That is what we are trying to achieve with the Hilux”.
Dimensions and Exterior
The Hilux measures 5,285mm in length and has a wheelbase of 3,085mm. The Hilux gets a much larger hexagonal grille, unique swept-back LED headlamps, daytime running lamps, turn indicators, and a wide, more rugged bumper (MLM Edition). It also comes with Chrome door mirrors, Bi-tone dark grey & grey wheel arch molding, a cargo deck, and a Smart Entry & Start System.
- 17″ dark grey alloy wheels (6-spoke)
- 18″ black alloy wheels (5-spoke)
- 18″ black machined-face alloy wheels (6-spoke)
- Emotional Red
- Gray Metallic
- White Pearl CS
- Silver Metallic
- Super White
Hilux has an all-black cabin with similar front-row seats similar to that of Fortuner’s. Durable materials and striking finishes look as good as they feel, whilst the JBL sound system with Harman CLARi-Fi technology delivers excellent audio quality with our choice of music.
Hilux also comes fitted with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an eight-speaker JBL sound system, ventilated seats, cruise control, eight-way electrically adjustable front seats, app-based connected car tech and wireless charger, etc. Other features are listed below:
- 4-spoke leather steering wheel
- Light blue ambient lighting on front doors
- Automatic air conditioning
- Power-height-adjustable driver seat
- Coloured TFT information display
- Rear-view camera display in audio screen
Hilux features seven airbags, front and rear parking sensors, electrochromic inside rear-view mirror, tire angle monitor, active traction control, vehicle stability control, hill assist control and an automated limited-slip differential.
A 2.8-liter, four-cylinder turbo diesel engine will power the Toyota Hilux. The engine churns out 204hp and 420Nm of torque and 500Nm in the case of the automatic variant. Transmission options are a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
Unlike the Fortuner, Hilux will only be available as a four-wheel drive. Although it also gets a low-range gearbox, front and rear electronic differential locks for a better off-road experience. Hilux also has a water wading capacity of 700 mm.
Toyota offers a standard warranty of three years or 1 lakh km on the Hilux. Customers can also have an extended warranty up to 5 years/ Rs 2.2 lakh km.
Hilux’s only rival in its segment in the Indian market will be Isuzu D-Max.