India-spec 2022 Toyota Hilux unveiled ahead of March 2022 launch
Toyota India has unveiled the India-spec 2022 Toyota Hilux, ahead of its launch in March 2022. The Hilux has been on sale globally since 1968 and has sold over 20 million units across eight generations so far. Bookings have opened online for Rs 50,000 and at dealerships for Rs 1 lakh. The Hilux is being built on a new production line at Toyota's Bidai plant as a CKD.
2022 Toyota Hilux engine, specifications
The Toyota Hilux is based on the same IMV ladder-frame architecture as the Fortuner and Innova and shares most of its mechanical components with the SUV. The India-spec Hilux is powered by the same 2.8-litre turbo-diesel that puts out 204PS and 500 Nm and pairs with a six-speed automatic and a six-speed manual with 420 Nm. The motor gets only the Eco and Power modes unlike in the Fortuner but is tuned differently to suit this application The Hilux gets the same 4x4 system with a low-range gear and comes with other off-roading gear like hill-descent control, a limited-slip rear differential with electronic rear differential locking and A-Trac brake-based torque-vectoring system. There is also a tyre-position indicator and a variable ratio steering system.
2022 Toyota Hilux interiors, features, safety
The Toyota Hilux gets a unique dashboard design but shares most of its interior features with the Fortuner. Highlights here include soft-touch dash materials as well as leather upholstery along with dual-zone climate control, 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto/Apple Carplay with 6 speakers, connected car tech - Geo-Fencing, Realtime Vehicle Tracking, Walk to Car etc. and all-round LED lighting.
The Hilux has a five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating with features that include seven airbags, vehicle stability control, hill-start assist, anti-theft alarm, whiplash protection front seats, ISOFIX child seat mounts and ABS.
2022 Toyota Hilux exterior, dimensions, off-road capability
The double-cab Toyota Hilux being introduced in India is 5,325mm long, 1,855 wide and 1,815 tall. The pick-up can carry up to 1,015 kg in its load bay in this body style and has a laden ground clearance of 217mm. The Hilux sits on 265/60 R18 alloy wheels and gets disc brakes at the front and drums at the rear. A notable difference from the Fortuner is that the Hilux sits on a rigid rear axle with leaf-spring suspension for its more heavy-duty applications, unlike the multi-link set-up in the Fortuner. The Hilux has a 700mm wading depth, 29 degree approach and 26 degree departure angle.
2022 Toyota Hilux expected price, rivals, launch date
When the Toyota Hilux launches in India in March 2022, expect it to be positioned below the Fortuner with prices starting at around Rs 35 lakh, ex-showroom. The Hilux will rival the Isuzu DMax V-Cross.
Starts Rs 33.99 Lakhs
Starts Rs 41.7 Lakhs
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