Toyota is considering its globally popular Hilux pickup truck for the Indian market. The model, that’s renowned for its capabilities and reliability, would serve as a brand builder in the country. The Toyota Hilux pickup truck has been designed on the IMV (Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle) platform that also underpins the Innova Crysta MPV and Fortuner SUV. The architecture uses a ladder frame chassis construction and supports RWD (rear-wheel-drive)/ 4WD (four-wheel-drive) system.
Measuring 5,285mm in length, the new Hilux pickup truck is 490mm and 550mm longer than the Fortuner and Innova Cyrsta respectively. The model measures 1,815mm in width and 1,855mm in height and sits on a 3,085mm long wheelbase. Its ground clearance stands at 279mm. Recently, the Japanese carmaker revealed the 2021 Toyota Hilux with better comfort, fuel economy, performance and towing and equipment.
Under the hood, the pickup truck employs a new 2.8L, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that’s claimed to be 15.3% more powerful and 11.1% torqueier and frugal. The oil burner delivers a maximum power of 201bhp and 500Nm of torque. The model also comes with the 2.4L turbo diesel and 2.7L petrol engines along with 4X2 and 4X4 drivertrain systems. The Hilux model lineup has been offered with three gearbox options. As of now, the specifications of the India-spec model are not available. Read – Toyota Urban Cruiser SUV To Launch This Festive Season
Design of the Toyota Hilux pickup truck looks similar to the Fortuner, especially the front end. It features a larger trapezoidal grille with pronounced horizontal elements and sleek LED headlamps. Interior has also been packed with several advanced goodies including an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity and voice recognition feature, a new 4.2-inch multi information display and more.
Since the Hilux lifestyle pickup will be produced in India, it’s likely to be priced quite competitively. Its entry-level double cab variant is estimated to cost around Rs 15 lakh and the fully-loaded model might be priced around Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom).
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