Toyota India has unveiled the India-specific 2022 Toyota Hilux ahead of its March 2022 launch. Hilux has been selling worldwide since 1968 and has so far sold 20 million units across eight generations. Online booking is open at Rs 50,000 and dealership at Rs 1 lakh. A new production line is being built as a CKD at the Helix Toyota Farewell Plant.
2022 Toyota Hilux engine, specification
The same IMV ladder-frame architecture as the Toyota Hilux Fortuner and Innova is based on architecture and shares most of its mechanical components with the SUV. The India-Spec Helix is powered by the same 2.8-liter turbo-diesel that combines 204PS and 500 Nm and 420 Nm with a six-speed automatic and a six-speed manual. The motor gets only Echo and Power mode as opposed to Fortuner but has been tuned differently to suit this application. The Helix gets the same 4×4 system with low-range gear and comes with other off-roading gears such as heel-descent control, a rear slip differential with a limited electronic rear differential locking and A-Trac brake-based torque-vectoring system. There is also a tire-position indicator and a variable ratio steering system
2022 Toyota Hilux Interior, Features, Safety
The Toyota Hilux has got a unique dashboard design but shares most of its interior features with Fortuner. Highlights include soft-touch dash materials as well as leather upholstery and dual-zone climate control, 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto / Apple CarPlay with 6 speakers, integrated car technology – geo-fencing, realtime vehicle etc. And LED lighting everywhere.
The Helix features a five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating with features including seven airbags, vehicle stability control, heel-start assist, anti-theft alarm, whiplash protection front seat, ISOFIX child seat mount and ABS.
2022 Toyota Hilux Exterior, Dimensions, Off-Road Capability
The double-cab Toyota Hilux is 5,325 mm long, 1,855 mm wide and 1,815 mm long in India. The pick-up can carry a load of up to 1,015 kg in this body style and has a ground clearance of 217 mm. Hilux 265/60 R18 sits on alloy wheels and gets disc brakes on front and drums on rear. A notable difference from the Fortuner is that the Helix sits on a stiff rear axle with leaf-spring suspension for its more heavy-duty application, as opposed to the multi-link set-up in the Fortuner. The Helix has a 700mm wedding depth, 29 degree approach and 26 degree exit angle.
2022 Toyota Hilux Expected Price, Competitor, Launch Date
When the Toyota Hilux launches in India in March 2022, expect it to be below the Fortuner which will start at around Rs 35 lakh, ex-showroom. The Hilux Isuzu will compete with the DMax V-Cross.