MANILA: Toyota, the brand which is leading in the Philippines automotive market for its sky shooting sales, has a sumptuous fleet to serve the utility and functionality needs. One of such drives which come from this Japanese house is Toyota Hilux – the absolutely robust and rugged pickup. This drive was introduced in 1993 in the Philippines and since then it has sold 56,417 units making Toyota a leading brand in the country. The latest version of this drive was introduced in 2015 only and with all the modifications and advancements, this drive is now ranking amongst the best sellers in the pickup segment. Have a look at the features and facts which make this drive selling like hotcakes in the Philippines automotive market irrespective of tight competition in the segment -
Well, being a pickup and that too from Toyota, you can't actually question its styling and structural aspects. The Japanese giant has ensured that the pickup carries a strong stance while running on the road which is complemented with its appealing looks. The chrome garnished front with stylish headlights on the sides creates a very impressive face for this commercial cum passenger drive. The sides and bonnet are well creased to give it a sporty appearance which the rear is reserved for the commercial purpose with a load bed constructed from high tensile strength material. The rigidity and strength of the structure is ensured with the solid ladder chassis which makes this pickup capable enough t carry a load ranging between 860 kgs to 1405 kgs across the trims. This pickup has a towing capacity ranging between 2250 kgs to 2500 kgs which again is amongst the best in the class.
Though Toyota Hilux falls in the category of pickup but with the amenities and aspects it offers, it is surely nothing less than any mass market SUV available in the Philippines. The ergonomic layout of this cabin, both in single and double cabs offer ample space for the passengers. The absolutely sporty and elegant interior has an equally appealing dashboard which is packed with advanced features, gauges and gadgets. The entire cabin layout, especially the dashboard layout is designed keeping the convenience of the driver in mind. The seats are wrapped with PVC or high-quality fabric for a premium look. To add comfort and convenience to this cabin, there are wireless door locks, manual/automatic air conditioning facility, power windows and illuminated entry system. Along with all these features, there is an advanced infotainment facility comprising MP3, Bluetooth, AUX, USB and a 6.5-inch capacitive touchscreen.
The Japanese giant has packed its robust pickup with an equally robust set of engines. So, the new Hilux is powered by a choice of 24-litre and a 2.8-litre diesel power-mills for the Philippines automotive market. The 2.4-litre engine churns out a peak power counting to 147 hp at 3400 rpm and a peak torque falling between 343 and 400 Nm. Talking about the bigger engine, the 2.8-litre beasty power-unit, it is capable of knocking out a maximum power worth 174 hp at 3400 along with a maximum torque falling between 420 and 450 Nm. Both of the engines are mated with 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearshift which complement their efficiency.
You would be amazed to know the hi-tech and advanced safety features this pickup carries within. Toyota has ensured absolute safety for the occupants irrespective of that whether you use it as a passenger drive or as a commercial vehicle. This Toyota pickup is packed with features like dual front, curtain, side and driver's knee airbags which is not a usual thing to find in a pickup. Surely with these SUV like protective aspects, the manufacturer has offered other features for the optimum safety while driving this pickup on varied terrains. Hilux has got Anti-Lock Braking System, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist and Brake Assist to keep the vehicle under control on any terrain. Also, the high tensile material used in the construction of this pickup gives it enough rigidity and scope to absorb the impact energy. Toyota has also appointed its well-trusted Toyota Vehicle Security System which includes immobilizer and anti-theft system. While most of the features are kept the standard, some of these are available exclusively in the top-notch trim.