The legendary Hilux started its life in 1968 and has remained a popular workhorse ever since. The Toyota took over Hino in 1960s and was looking to enter then burgeoning light pickup truck market and replace the Corona and Crown based utes. The result was Hilux – based on Hino Briska – that offered some serious competition in the light pickup segment. Hilux had better fuel economy than most V8 powered pickups and was tougher. It was solely designed to serve the purpose to carry a decent load from point A to point B. Hilux has been a success story ever since. Although Toyota already had a Stout pickup truck, but it was bigger and less popular.
Toyota Hilux has spawned 7 generations and each generation grew in size and displacement. The third generation introduced the four wheel drive layout, fourth generation introduced the fuel injected versions and 5th generation boasted the V6 engine. Hilux is sold in almost all the markets across the globe. It has remained undisputed workhorse and has earned the nick for being indestructible truck. The Hilux was the major highlight of the Top Gear series 3 and series 8. Hilux have also been used as light cavalry during wars and as law enforcement vehicles.
The 2013 Hilux soldiers on the great heritage it has built in 45 years of its production. Hilux is offered in three different body styles: single cab, extra cab and double cab. The trim packages are workmate and SR for single cab, SR and SR5 for the extra cab and all for the double cab.
The 2013 Hilux is powered by choice of three engines: 2.7 Liter Petrol, 4.0 Liter V6 and 3.0 Liter Turbo Diesel. Most of the base models are powered by the 2.7 Liter four cylinder engine that produce 116kW of power and 240 Nm of torque. The engine uses VVT-i, Long fuel injectors, iridium plugs and direct injection to deliver maximum performance at all engine speeds. The engine is mated to a choice of 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmission. It is found only in the single cab workmat versions.
The 4.0 Liter petrol V6 is the range topper with a class leading 175kW of power and 346 Nm of torque at wheels. It meets the Euro IV emissions and powers the SR 4×2 single cab, the SR and SR5 4×2 extra cab and all SR & SR5 double cab versions. The engine features the Toyota’s proprietary Variable Valve Timing with intelligence to optimise fuel flow and efficiency and is mated to 5 speed manual or 5 speed automatic transmission. The 3.0 liter turbo diesel engine comes equipped with electronic direction injection. It is mated to 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmission. The engine powers all three body styles and gives maximum performance at low end torque
The double wishbone suspension setup is standard the whole line up. It is supported by two shicj absorbers and leaf spring in the rear. The SR and SR5 models come equipped with cruise control while satellite navigations along with multi information display is now standard across the whole SR5 range. The V6 equipped models also gain limited slip differential as standard feature now. ABS – which was previously optional on some variants – is now standard on all trim levels. The double cab V6 comes with Electronic Stability control, EBD with brake assist and traction control.
HiLux SR 4×2 models gain cruise control for manual transmissions and have their seat, steering wheel and door trim upgraded. A limited-slip differential has also been added to all V6 petrol models (previously optional). 4×4 models gain the above and also include sports-style front seats and side and curtain-shield airbags.