Toyota has had great success in the country with the Fortuner. The robust styling and the bold road-presence make this car a favourite for many. However, Toyota might up their game and enter an untouched territory in the country with a pickup truck. The pickup will mostly be the Toyota Hilux. In this article, we will discuss the Toyota Hilux and try to figure out whether it should enter the market.
The Toyota Hilux will follow a design language similar to the Fortuner. However, the majority of the design cues will be changed. The vehicle would be a pickup style product, meaning it would sport a big loading bay at the rear. It would also sport different headlamps and tail-lamps from the Fortuner.
The front grille on the Hilux will be a bigger one in order to give it the pickup treatment.
The Hilux is not expected to be very different from the Fortuner on the inside. The cabin is mostly expected to be the same. However, the Hilux being a pickup will result in the cabin being a 5-seater only. The interior might sport ambient lighting and a touchscreen infotainment system for adding modern appeal to the cabin.
The vehicle will borrow the platform from the Innova and the Fortuner. Both cars are based on the IMV platform. However, the wheelbase might have to be extended in order to increase the bay area, else, the practicality of the product would suffer.
Engine & Transmission
The Toyota Hilux is expected to sport 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre diesel engines. Where the 2.4-litre will make 150bhp and 400Nm of torque, the 2.8-litre unit will be capable of making 204bhp and 500Nm of torque. Both the units are expected to be mated to a manual as well as automatic transmission.
The 2.8-litre might be offered with a 4WD, whereas the 2.4-litre unit is expected to be offered with 2WD as well as 4WD.
The Hilux being a lifestyle vehicle will cater to the needs of buyers who wish to see practicality combined with the feel of an SUV. With the majority of parts expected to be shared from the Fortuner itself, the pricing could be kept in control, meaning the Hilux, if launched, could come out as a strong competitor in the market of pickup vehicles.
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