According to a media report, Toyota is looking to introduce the Hilux pickup truck in India. At present, the company is evaluating the vehicle for our market.
The Hilux shares its underpinnings with the Innova and Fortuner. It measures 5,285 mm in length and has a wheelbase measuring 3,085 mm. Both these figures are more than the MPV and SUV. It comes with a 1.5 m x 1.5 m loading bay at the rear.
The Hilux also uses the same engines, transmissions and suspension components as the Innova and Fortuner. However, at the rear, it uses a leaf spring setup instead of coil springs as the former is more suited to handling loads. Toyota is reportedly considering the 2.4L and 2.8L diesel engines for the pickup and the latter could produce up to 500 Nm.
Toyota will look to assemble the Hilux locally. Since it shares many components with the Innova and Fortuner, the company should be able to price it lower than a CBU would cost. The pickup is expected to be priced between Rs. 15 lakh – Rs. 20 lakh in India.
The Hilux will compete with the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross if it comes to our shores.
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