The Japanese carmaker has decided to bring in their pickup truck for the Indian market. The Toyota Hilux pickup is scheduled to be launched in January 2022. The pickup truck is already sold in some overseas markets under the same nameplate. 

Toyota Hilux pickup design 

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The Hilux is based on Toyota’s IMV-2 platform which underpins the Innova Crysta and Fortuner. Designwise the pickup will get a large hexagonal front grille, swept-back headlights with LED DRLs, flared wheel arches, overall body cladding and a side step. At the rear, we can expect a minimalistic pickup like design with simple sculpted taillights. 

The dashboard design of the Hilux sold in the overseas market
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Toyota will bring in the pickup via CKD route (completely knocked down unit) with few components locally sourced. Aiming to price the pickup aggressively Toyota will share various interior components from the Innova and Fortuner. We expect a similar dashboard layout as these SUVs along with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, electrically adjustable driver seat, auto air conditioning and more. 

The Hilux will measure almost 5.3 meters in length with a wheelbase over 3 meters to keep up with the competition. Initially, Toyota will only launch the double cabin layout of the Hilux in India. We can expect a single cabin layout in the future which is mostly used for commercial purposes. 

Toyota Hilux Engine and transmission

According to reports, the Hilux will be offered in two trims in India: Hilux and Hilux Reo. The lower trim will most likely feature the 2.4-litre diesel engine from Innova Crysta. The top trim will feature the 2.8-litre diesel engine from the Fortuner. The smaller motor can produce 150 ps and 343Nm of peak torque mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The bigger mill produces 204 ps and 500Nm of peak torque mated to a 6-peed automatic transmission. 

Competition and pricing 

The Toyota Hilux pick up will compete with the Isuzu Hi-Lander and V-Cross priced at ₹18.05 and ₹25.60 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively. The Hilux is expected to be priced at ₹25 lakh and ₹35 lakh ex-showroom which could be expensive. Are Toyota’s reliability and low maintenance cost worth the extra price? Let us know in the comments section below.

Toyota and Suzuki are working together on a new midsize SUV for the Indian market. The SUV will rival the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and Tata Harrier. The carmakers will unveil the SUV sometime next year.

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