It gets 4×4 and top-spec safety features even in the base variant
The Toyota Hilux is a tough pickup truck that offers a rare combination of utility, go-anywhere capability and creature comforts. It will go on sale in March priced over Rs 30 lakh. But for the money, it’s set to offer a host of features even in its base Standard Variant.
On the outside, the standard variant bears only subtle differences from the fully-loaded ‘High’ trim level. It is equipped with front and rear fog lamps, keyless entry and chrome door handles. In addition, the base Hilux also gets:
- Automatic headlights
- Machine-finished 17-inch alloy wheels
- Electrically adjustable outer rearview mirrors with turn indicators
What it misses:
- LED headlights, DRLs and LED taillights
- Chrome steel step in rear bumper
- ‘Super chrome’ 18-inch alloy wheels
- Electrically retractable ORVMs
- Other chrome exterior trim
The interior of the base-spec Hilux is upholstered in fabric, and the rear seats have a 60:40 split and a ‘tip-up’ folding function. You also get the 8-inch Android Auto and Apple CarPlay-enabled touchscreen as standard, alongside 6 speakers. Premium features such as heat insulating glass and cruise control are also present, and the equipment list includes:
- Cooled upper glovebox
- Centre console box with lid
- Manual air conditioning controls
- Push button engine start/stop
What it misses
- Front centre armrest
- Leather seats
- Electrically adjustable driver’s seat
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
Other than the government-mandated inclusions of ABS and rear parking sensors, the Hilux offers a host of important standard safety features. A total of seven airbags are part of the base variant’s kit, as are stability control and hill start assist.
- Front parking sensors
- Reversing camera
- Hill descent control
- ISOFIX child seat mounts
- Seven airbags
- Emergency brake signal
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All Toyota Hilux variants are capable of handling off-road terrain. The four-wheel-drive system with four-high and low range modes is a standard fitment. In addition, you also get electronically locking differentials, an electronic limited slip differential and a standard 6-speed manual transmission.
Power comes from a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine that makes 204PS and 420Nm. The engine is tuned a bit differently and produces 500Nm on the automatic transmission variant, but you can only have the auto ‘box in the top-spec High trim level.
You can only get the base variant in solid Super White or ‘Gray Metallic’ paint shades.
The base-spec ‘Standard’ Toyota Hilux does miss out on some features you’d expect for the price, but it gets the safety kit and off-roading hardware as standard. It remains to be seen how wide the price gap is between the base-spec and top trim levels. But if utility and off-road ability is a priority for you, the Hilux Std could be the right truck for you. To know more, stay tuned to Zigwheels for our full review.