Toyota Hilux Bookings Open Before January 20 Launch
The Toyota Hilux pickup will go on sale in India on January 20. Bookings for the Toyota Hilux are still open, with a booking fee of Rs 1 lakh. Hilux deliveries will begin in March of this year. Toyota’s Hilux will compete with the Isuzu D-Max in the niche segment of lifestyle pickup trucks.
The Hilux is built on the well-known IMV-2 platform, which also serves as the foundation for the Innova Crysta and Fortuner. As a result, many components, such as the engine, gearbox, four-wheel-drive system, and suspension components, will be shared. The Hilux has a length of 5,285mm and a wheelbase of 3,085mm. For comparison, the Fortuner is 4,795mm long.
The important thing to remember is that both the Innova Crysta and Fortuner are manufactured in India, so keeping costs low won’t be a problem.
The Hilux will be powered by the Fortuner’s 204hp, 2.8-liter diesel engine and will come with a four-wheel drive. This engine has a massive peak torque of 500Nm and should be a perfect fit for the load hauler. A 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission will be available.
We’ve been told that the Hilux will be sold in double-cab form in India, and while the truck’s basic profile resembles that of the Fortuner, it looks noticeably different. The Hilux now has a larger hexagonal grille, swept-back LED headlamps and a more rugged bumper. When viewed from the side, the Hilux’s length is most noticeable, and the double-cab silhouette is quite unique for India. The back end, on the other hand, resembles that of most conventional pickup trucks.
The Toyota Hilux is expected to share a lot of equipment and trim with the Fortuner in India on the inside. The dashboard, steering wheel, and seats are expected to remain unchanged. The Hilux is also expected to have an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. This means the Hilux will have a functional and comfortable interior, though second-row legroom won’t be as generous as it is in the Fortuner. The full feature set for the India-spec model will be revealed closer to the launch date.
The Isuzu D-Max is currently the only lifestyle pickup truck on the market in India, and it will be the only competitor to the Toyota Hilux when it is released. The former is currently priced between Rs 18.05 lakh and Rs 25.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). There is no word on pricing for the Hilux, but sources say it could cost around Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom).