Toyota Motor Corporation is the largest and most reputed automaker around the globe, and by largest we mean it covers a wide lot of automobile manufacturing in almost every segment. Toyota has been the name behind widely successful models since its inception as long back. In Philippines the brand is equally loved owing to its wide lineup ranging from sedans to hatchbacks, to MPVs and sporty SUVs to adventurous Pick-ups. Talking about the pickup truck segment we can say that, Toyota Hilux has been stated as a long held household name. The Hilux started its journey long back at a basic yet passionate workshop in the late seventies and from time, the pick-up has received a plethora of updates and mutations over its exteriors, interiors and under the hood. Hilux can be easily spotted all around the globe in a wide variety of roles that it plays, it can be an ambulance or a police, patrol or security vehicle. Owing to its impecabble torque it can also be seen towing away vehicles around. Well, the pick-up is currently running in its seventh generation as per its initial launch in 2005 and after receiveing continous facelifts in 2011 to 2015, the all new Toyota Hilux 2016 is now in the market. The meagrely started pick-up can be now seens sharing the platforms of luxury SUV and MPV's like Fortuner and Innova.
The all-new Hilux is a highly tweaked version of its predecessor. The Hilux 2016 features an all new front along with a mutated power-train. Toyota has tried its best to tweak the 2016 Hilux, to make it more of a lifestyle SUV with a huge trailer along with a comfortable cabin to leisurely spend weekends. The interiors of the car are being paid special attention with the addition of all next gen amenities and elements of comfort. It is now powered by a refined mammoths of 2.4-litre and 2.8-litre diesel engines. In the Philippines, the Hilux is speculated to come in both 4X2 and 4X4 setups along with engines coupled with both manual or the automatic transmission. The pick-up is decently employed with all the passive and active safety to protect its occupants in any kind of road mishap.
One look at the exteriors of this pick-up can give you a jaw-dropping experience because it does not look like a pick-up. The Hilux 2016 proffers an exclusive appearance owing to its broad front, large cabin, and an open space trailer at the back. It's like a moving house that is aesthetically crafted to meet the needs of any adventurer on road.
The front fascia of the Hilux is highlighted by its all new chrome grille with a large Toyota emblem embedded in the centre. This radiator grille flowlessly runs into the large halogen headlamps added with DRL's to protrude through darkness in night. Toyota has also added a large front bumper just below the grille with added breathers for the engine flowing in a proportionate amount of air. This bumper is duly added with Toyota's spherical fog lamps to give it a perfect SUV look at the front.
The side profile of the all new Hilux can actually make you realize how big it is owing to its long wheelbase and twin cab design with a trailer. The sharp cladded design enhances the lower appeal and the sporty set of roof rails at the top escalates the appeal further. The jaunty pair of alloys make the Hilux looks like an aesthetic beast even when it's standing idle. The side-step below the doors not only makes it easy for the passengers to hop-in but also improves the look of this pick-up truck.
Coming towards the rear end of this Hilux, the trailers proffers a authoritative high stance to the vehicle along with ridges to enter and exit easily. The taigate can be comfortably opened for hassle-free loading and unloading of goods.
Climb inside the Toyota Hilux and amaze yourself with the craftsmanship of the Japanese car maker inside. The Hilux' interiors can be surmised as perfect amalgamation of sedan and SUV. The cabin is quite spacious to easily fit five adults including the driver. The premium-ness added in this pick-up can be easily sensed on every bit. The combination of dashboard and the centre console has been ergonomically crafted to make with easy access to music system, MID, and AC control switches.
The pick-up is highly comfortable owing to the powerful air conditioner that allows effective cooling all around the cabin. The seats are meticulously upholstered in optional full moquette or semi-fabric proffering comfort and soft touch all around. Apart from it the pick-up also offers some handy features like vanity mirror along with ticket holder. There is also wireless door lock and 12V accessory power sockets for added convenience.
Comfort is not the only thing in the Toyota Hilux 2016, the pick-up also offers a wide array of entertainment features including a high quality music system supporting AM/FM radio. If you move a trim above, than the Hilux also features a 7-inch LCD display offering Satellite Navigation3. To control all of this easily while driving, Toyota has provided steering mounted controls.
The all-new Toyota Hilux is most about the power it holds beneath the bonnet. The pickup truck is speculated to come in the Philippines with a single fuel choice of diesel. However, Toyota has very intelligently offered the diesel engine in two displacements, 2.8-litre and 2.4-litre. The 2.8-litre diesel engine is a 4-cylinder 16V DOHC unit with variable nozzle turbo and intercooler. This engine churns out a maximum output of 177 hp at 3400 rpm along with a high torque of 420 Nm at 1400-2600 rpm in manual transmission and 450 Nm at 1600-2400 rpm in an automatic transmission. This powerful engine is coupled with a choice of either 4-speed AT with ECT (gate type) or a 5 Speed Manual Transmission gearbox. The 2.4-litre diesel engine on the other side is an equally liked option with a power output of 147 hp at 3400 rpm alongside a peak torque of 343 Nm at 1200-3400 rpm in its 4X2 cab while 400 Nm at 1600-2000 in the 4X4 cab.
Toyota is widely appreciated around the globe for its safety technologies. Toyota Hilux is another epitome of that. The Hilux is loaded with a plethora of features from the company. It features the driver and passenger SRS airbags along with standard 3-point ELR seat belts. To improve the stability and handling on rough terrains, Toyota has provided the pick-up with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and EBD. The front suspension of the vehicle comes with double wishbone and coil springs while the rear gets a rigid axle leaf spring. The Hilux can be brought to halt on any terrain within a short span owing to its functional front and rear ventilated disc brakes. Apart from these, the Hilux comes with various safety attributes like child protection lock, side impact door beams, high mount stop lamp, and to further improve the security of the truck , it also comes with the Toyota vehicle security system (TVSS).
Toyota Hilux can be surmised as an excellent package under pickup trucks. The Hilux 2016 will set up new benchmarks in the pickup segment of Philippines. The interiors of the all new Hilux are way ahead of competitors with reliable quality. Also, the Toyota Hilux is equipped with impressive power trains in both 4X2 and 4X4 options. The earlier 4-Speed AT is now replaced with 5-Speed AT to keep it in current times. Although, the rear seat comfort is in question in the Toyota Hilux, but considering it as a pickup truck, not SUV, that can be nullified. The Toyota Hilux 2016 will straightly go against the likes of Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50 and Nissan NP300 Navara in Philippines.
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