Toyota launched their Hilux pick up truck in Indian marekt this year. Hilux is a new vehicle for India but, it has been in the market for a very long time and like many other Toyota’s Hilux is also known for being reliable and rugged. Hilux received an overwhelming response from customers despite its steep price tag. We have started seeing videos of Toyota Hilux on the internet and here we have one such video where Hilux is seen showing off its off-road capabilities.
The video has been uploaded by All in One Entertainment on their YouTube channel. In this video, vlogger was invited to an off-road event organised by Toyota. In this event, Toyota was letting people experience the off-road capabilities of the Hilux by driving on an off-road track. The track was created specifically for the event so, that the driver can experience things without travelling to different places. Toyota Hilux as we all know is a very capable SUV but, just like Fortuner in its stock form, it has some limitations.
In order to solve that issue, the front and rear bumper on this pick up seen in the video has been replaced with an off-road spec metal unit. The vlogger arrives at the venue and the instructor takes him for a drive to show the track that they have prepared. After taking a tour of the track, vlogger returns and starts driving through the track. First obstacle is a climb where the driver can try the hill hold assist feature in Hilux. Once that the climb is over, there is a 35 degree positive side incline. The Hilux smoothly cleared the section without any issue.
After the side incline, there was a drop where the driver had engaged the hill descent control. After engaging this feature, the speed of the Hilux will be electronically controlled between 5-10 kmph. This gives driver more control over the vehicle while coming down. Depending on the mode 2H, 4L or 4H, the speed of the SUV will differ. After the incline, there were ruts created on the track to check the wheel articulation of the Hilux. The SUV smoothly towered over all the obstacles without any issue. Similarly, a section filled with rocks was also placed and the SUV crawled over them all smoothly. They even had water crossing and the Hilux could do it effortlessly.
Toyota Hilux is a huge pick up truck and it is more capable than a Isuzu V-Cross. One of the feature that makes Hilux better than V-Cross is that, it now comes with diff locks. This is important for a vehicle that is meant to go off-road. This does not mean, V-Cross is not good at off-roading but, when compared to Hilux, V-Cross’s capabilities are limited. Toyota Hilux is powered by a 2.8 litre turbocharged diesel engine. It is available with a manual and an automatic transmission. It is available with 4×4 as standard and the engine generates a maximum of 205 Ps and 500 Nm of peak torque.