Toyota Considering Hilux Pickup Truck for Indian Market
Toyota is considering to launch the Hilux Pickup Truck in Indian Market. Believed to be of one the robust vehicle on sale and has a good reputation on international markets for its superior built quality and reliability. With that said it will be fairly expensive and fall in the segment like that of Isuzu D-Max V-Cross pickup truck which will also be its sole rival in India.
- Based on Fortuner and Innova and will share the same components.
- Could be manufactured in India.
- Pricing may start around Rs15-16 lakh and will compete with Isuzu D-Max.
- May have two engine options; 2.4 litre diesel and 2.8 litre diesel.
Toyota Hilux Pickup is built around the same tried and tested IMV platform as used by Toyota’s popular Innova and Fortuner, the Hilux shares most of the key components like engines, gearboxes, 4WD systems and suspension. The ladder-frame chassis, which is considerably longer and more robust on Hilux, has a similar construction. The main advantage of this will be keeping the cost down fairly low as both the Innova and Fortuner are built in India.
Toyota Hilux Features
To make it workhorse Toyota has made the Hilux longer than both Fortuner and Innova with a length of 5,285mm. Since it is a pickup truck, to handle the load better the rear suspensions used are leaf springs. Both the 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre diesel engines are tuned in a way to produce more torque at low RMP range also for the better load-hauling capability it has short gear ratios for first three gears. The 2.8-litre engine also produces supercar like massive 500NM of torque for that extra punch.
In terms of design, it has the same profile as the Fortuner but it looks very different with the way every panel are put together and with a massive grille upfront it surely does look more like a truck and that what it is. But it also offers all kinds of creature comfort on the interior as well so that you can be comfortable and have a relaxed driving experience at all times. There may may issue with the rear legroom for some people.
Indian Market for Toyota Hilux?
The luxury pick-up segment in India is still in a baby phase and there is only one vehicle at present ruling the market, the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross. Looking at that Toyota is considering to introduce the Hilux to attract customers who want the practicality of a pickup truck with SUV like comfort. No doubt enthusiasts like me will be happy to own one of this but the customers who would really want to own would be rich Farmers, Government offices and industries.
Apart from a big attractive design and a large cargo bed pricing of Hilux may attract more people toward it. Some sources say that Toyota may price it very aggressively for the entry-level double cab version at a starting price of around Rs 15 lakh and with more luxury options the price may go up to Rs 20 lakh ‘only’, which is almost half the price of Fortuner. With this Toyota hopes to attract wide range of customers.
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