MANILA: Toyota Hilux is counted among those drives which have always tasted the sweetness of success. This Japanese pickup was launched in the year 1968 and since then, it has not seen any bad phase. The robust and sturdy Toyota pickup enjoys the advantage of being a passenger and a commercial drive, both at the same time. Since the Philippines automotive market is inclining towards SUVs and pickups these days, this Toyota pickup is enjoying rocketing sales for past few months. Having the best traits of an SUV and commercial drive, Hilux is leading the pickup segment in sales. If you are planning to own this Japanese drive but confused for any reason, here we have compiled the best reasons which can clear all your doubts and help you in making a decision -
Surely, Toyota Hilux is among the most reliable pickups of all times. With regular updates from time to time over the 7 generations, it is needless to say that this pickup holds best of the features available in any pickup right now. Talking about the reliability, there have hardly been any recalls made for this pickup in past one decade in the Philippines, thanks to the manufacturer who always equipped it with the genuine components. In the year 2015, Toyota sold 11,787 units of Hilux and hardly received any manufacturing complaints from the customers.
Toyota Hilux is a pickup and the manufacturer has ensured about its strength by giving it a solid ladder chassis. Toyota is very confident about the strength of Hilux, due to which it is marketed with the title 'unbreakable' in some parts of the world. The pickup carry braked towing capacities ranging between 2250 kgs to 2500 kgs. Talking about the payload which this Toyota pickup can carry, that ranges between 860 kgs and 1405 kgs across its trims. These payload capacities are much higher than that of other pickups available in the Philippines by other manufacturers. The 4x4 layout trims are additionally packed with a number of heavy-duty protection plates to shield the major components.
Toyota Hilux comes with a choice of a 2.4-litre and a 2.8-litre diesel power units for the Filipino customers. The 2.4-litre engine is capable of knocking out 147 stallions of peak power at 3400 rpm and 343-400 Nm. The bigger engine available in this pickup is capable of delivering a peak power output counting to 174 hp at 3400 rpm along with 420-450 Nm. These engines are mated with 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic gearbox. The mileage delivered by these engines range between 7.69 kmpl to 12 kmpl which is pretty decent for a pickup of this size and weight.
The ergonomic layout of the cabin, in single and double both cabs, ensures that the passengers get ample space in it. Also, controls and gauges are easy to use and plotted to keep the convenience of the drive in mind. The seats are either wrapped with PVC or high-quality fabric and in both the cases, it gives a premium and sporty look to this interior. To add more comfort and give an SUV feel, Hilux packs power windows, manual/automatic air conditioner, wireless door lock and illuminated entry system. An advanced infotainment system with 6.5-inch capacitive touch screen, MP3, Bluetooth, AUX, USB compatibility and 2/4/6 speakers. Some features may not be available in base trim.
Toyota being a pioneer automaker across the globe and the leader in the Philippines automotive market has a dense network of sales and service centers which ensure that your Toyota Hilux is always in best driving condition. Toyota not only offers 3 years or up to 100,000 kms of warranty on the brand new Hilux but also offer extended warranties on time to time. Even if the complimentary warranty is expired, paid services are available at the Toyota service centers where there are trained and experienced mechanics with latest technologies to give your Hilux a much-needed rejuvenation. Also, the spare parts of Hilux are readily available at the authorized centers ensuring that your robust off-roader is always in the perfect condition to face any terrain without a hitch.
Whether you are buying this Toyota pickup as a passenger drive or as a commercial one, it is engineered to deliver a driving experience which is up to the best of satisfaction for all the occupants. So, you take it on a dusty trail or through the dense traffic in the city, Hilux would leave you to ensure smooth drives every time you hold on the steering. The upper notch variants would give a feel of a sedan-like drive with a comfortable driving position, nice steering, and decent handling. The double wishbone front suspension with the leaf spring rigid axle at the rear ensures that irrespective of the payload and terrain, the occupants would not experience any jerks.
Though Toyota Hilux is a pickup but it has features like that of an SUV. This drive is appointed with dual front, side, curtain and driver's knee airbags for the optimum protection against any hit. Also, for complete stability and control, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control, Stability Control, Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist Control are packed. With all these aspects, Toyota Vehicle Security System including immobilizer is also given in Hilux. Some features are available only in the top-notch trim.
Hilux is a proud product of Toyota, the leader in the Philippines automotive market. Obviously, this brand carries a high value in the market owing to which its cars have a high resale value in the market. The benefit goes to the sellers and the buyers both due to the trust and services offered by this Japanese brand.