Toyota has opened the bookings for the Lifestyle Pickup the Hilux in India starting today. Deliveries for the Toyota Hilux will begin from March 2022 with the price announcement also being done then. The Toyota Hilux will be offered only in the double-cab version and only as an AWD for now. The Pickup shares its underpinnings with the current Toyota Innova Crysta and the Fortuner.
The Toyota Hilux will be sold in India as a SKD unit and will be locally assembled at Toyota’s Bidadi plant in Karnataka with a localisation level of 30 per cent.
The Hilux is built on the IMV-2 platform and shares a lot of its underpinnings with the current generation Fortuner. In terms of looks the Toyota Hilux comes with a very dominating hexagonal grille flanked by sweptback LED headlamps with LED DRLs. The front bumper is very tall and angular and gives the beastly butch look to the face of the Hilux. Then the 18-inch alloy wheels, flared wheel arches, side-step, body cladding very aptly maintain that rugged sense that make a SUV so desirable and elements like LED taillights and blacked out wing mirrors and pillar add to its urban appeal.
In terms of interiors the Hilux burrows a lot from the Toyota Fortuner facelift that is currently on sale in the Indian market. You get an all-black cabin a lot like the Fortuner’s cabin. In terms of equipment the Hilux comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with 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 among others.
Powering the Toyota Hilux is the Fortuners 2.8-litre, four-cylinder, diesel engine that makes 201 bhp and 420 Nm of peak torque in the manual variant, while the automatic variant makes 500 Nm of peak torque. As mentioned the Hilux will only be offered in the 4×4 versions and the SUV comes equipped with all drive-assist features like Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Automatic Hill Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Assist Control (DAC) and Automatic Limited Slip Differential (ALSD). The Hilux has water wading capacity of 700 mm. Color options on the Toyota Hilux include – Emotional Red, White Pearl, Silver Metallic, Super White & Grey Metallic.
In terms of safety the Hilux comes equipped with 7 SRS Airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TC) Electronic Systems to keep vehicle control under adverse weather & road conditions. You also get First-in-segment features such as Drive modes options (Power & Eco), Tire Angle Monitor & Front Parking Sensors etc.