Toyota Hilux; the legendary pick-up truck from the Japanese manufacturer, is more than eager to ride on Indian roads. At the starting of this month, Toyota announced its plans to bring the Hilux to India. In less than a month, the pick-up truck has been spied in India. The truck was seen in Gurugram, Haryana; where it was being used in the shoot for its TV commercial. The Hilux in these pictures is completely undisguised and covered in sporty red paint. Just as indicated by the brand, the spy shots show a dual cab (five-seater) version of the Hilux. The model and other specs cannot be figured out from these pictures, but they certify that the Hilux can be launched in India by January 2022. As of now, all the lifestyle pick-up truckers are dependent on Isuzu but that is about to change.
What we know so far
The Hilux will share the same IMV-2 platform as the Innova and the Fortuner. Having said that this pickup is significantly longer than the two cars, and measures just under 5.3m in length, and has a wheelbase of over 3m making it a behemoth on the road. The width of this pickup will be roughly the same as the Indian Fortuner. At the front, this truck gets a large hexagonal grille, clad with plastic.
The headlights emerge from the grille and neatly contour along the edge to the fender. Along the side, the flared wheel arches are only apparent. We also get to see a side step. The rear-view mirrors and the door handles, all have a chrome finish. It also gets a body-colored fender mirror. The rear as in all pickup trucks is simple, with small taillights and a gate to the cargo bed. Overall the rugged and off-road content of this car is neatly packed within its round arches. It has a good ground clearance coupled with a good approach angle. The Hilux is based on the same platform as the Fortuner and the Innova we expect to see the same 2.4L Diesel engine that puts out 150HP or the larger 2.8L diesel engine that puts out 204HP.
We could get 2WD variants as well as the four-wheel-drive variant for the Hilux. The gearbox options are yet not clear, as we have seen that both engines have been offered with a manual or automatic gearbox in our market.