Speculative prices suggest that the Hilux might give some mid-size premium SUVs a tough time
The much-awaited Toyota Hilux will make its way to the Indian market later this month. The price announcement will happen on January 20. It will only get a diesel engine.
Toyota’s newest vehicle in the Indian market will be its much-awaited Hilux pick-up truck. New details of the pick-up
When will Toyota Hilux come to India?
Autocar has confirmed that the Toyota Hilux will make its India debut on January 20. Toyota has already started accepting bookings fot the four-door pick-up truck but the deliveries will start in March 2022.
Toyota will assemble the new Hilux in its plant near Bengaluru, Karnataka.
The price of the Toyota Hilux remains unknown but leaked documents on T-BHP indicates that the price will hover around Rs 30 lakh. Toyota will market it against the Jeep Compass in India.
Toyota will only offer a diesel engine
Even though several manufacturers are moving away from the diesel engine options in India, Toyota will offer the Hilux only with a 2.8-litre diesel engine that is also available on the Toyota Fortuner.
The four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine will produce a maximum power of 204 PS and peak torque of 420 Nm with the manual and around 500 Nm with the automatic transmission. There will be a six-speed transmission a torque convertor automatic available with the upcoming Hilux. The pick-up truck will offer a standard warranty of 3 years/1,00,000 km, which is similar to many other Toyota products available in the Indian market.
Toyota Hilux to offer a long list of features
The all-new Hilux pick-up truck will offer only a single trim level. It will be loaded with features like LED headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels similar to the Fortuner, a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery and multiple airbags. For the Indian market, Toyota will also offer additional chrome parts. The Hilux will offer a 4X4 drive system with electronic differential locks and a few other off-roading features like the useful A-TRAC system.
The all-new Hilux will compete with the Isuzu V-Cross but will get a premium price tag. Pick-up trucks are not very popular in India. Many manufacturers like Mahindra and Tata offered pick-ups in the past and none of them received expected traction. The Isuzu V-Cross, however, became quite popular in the Indian market. Will Toyota Hilux change the pick-up segment? Comment your thoughts below.