|UMW Toyota Motor today simultaneously unveiled the all-new Toyota Hilux and Fortuner at the Setia Convention Center. The anticipated new, re-engineered Toyota Hilux has been much anticpated in the domestic market since the start of the year.|
The Toyota Hilux has been one of the most sought after pick ups in the country for a decade and now, the pick up is into its eighth generation. The new Fortuner begins its second generation lifespan. Both models are assembled at UMW Toyota Motor’s plant in Shah Alam.
There are six variants to the Hilux in Double Cab and Single Cab configurations with two powertrain options, and two variants for the Fortuner. We ‘ll look at the new Hilux first…
The new Toyota Hilux is measured at 5,335 mm in length, 1,855 mm in width and 1,815 mm in height. A fresh front-end entails a unified upper grille and updated headlight design with a deep, enlarged bumper housing the lower grille. The bonnet wraps over the front wheel arches to reinforce the solid, road presence while the second horizontal bar of the upper grille extends into the new headlight clusters to form a unique Daytime Running Light (DRL) signature featuring 12 white LEDs. With the ‘Hilux’ signature integrated within the side of the casing, the new headlight clusters wrap around the front wings to further emphasize the width of the new pick-up. Below the bumper, the placement of the fog light housings at the bumper extremities reinforces the solid, stable front stance. Additionally, the lower corners and bottom of the bumper have been shaped to optimize ground clearance under even the most extreme off-road driving conditions.
The profile sees the use of a thick lower door cross-section which links front and rear wheel arches, the latter now seamlessly integrated within the body, before curving upwards to anchor the wrap-around rear light clusters. Greater style is added to the design through the adoption of a blacked-out B pillar within the smooth, rear-slanted silhouette of Extra Cab and Double Cab model cabins, along with 17- or 18-inch wheels (2.8G). On Double Cab models, the linking of the cab and rear deck with a chrome beltline further unifies the overall design. Lastly, the cargo deck of the new Hilux has been made larger, stronger and more practical. Maximum cargo deck width has increased from 1,544 mm to a class-leading 1,645 mm. The tailgate, which are paired to the third brake light, now benefits from stronger, link-type hinges, and heavy-duty steel plate brackets have been adopted for the struts supporting it in the open position. The rear LED light on the new Hilux is slimmer and brighter than its predecessor. A lowered bumper makes accessing the truck from the rear a lot easier, while the integrated reflectors on the bumper enables effective safety precautions.
The new Hilux interior combines the durability and functionality required of any working vehicle with SUV levels of refinement, and equipment. The horizontal emphasis of the clean, uncluttered dashboard design is the most obvious refinement inside the pick up. In addition, there are the four switches for the a/c and a/c select, temp and 4X4 modes, as well as the standard audio system and a multimedia display on a 7-inch screen. Meantime, the black seat upholstery is standard across the board, with choices of soft-textured durable fabric or full leather, depending on grade.
New for the re-engineered Hilux are two engine options and five trim levels; available for Malaysia. The engine comes in 2.4-liter and 2.8-liter variations: 2.4 S/Cab, 2.4 2X4 MT, 2.4STD MT, 2.4G MT, 2.4G AT and the top-of-the-range 2.8G AT. All engines are now equipped with 6-speed manual or electronically-managed automatic transmissions. With the extra ratios for a wider spread, better acceleration is available at the lower end while at higher cruising speeds, there is reduced noise as well as fuel-saving.
For safety features, the new Hilux is fiited with standard ABS, along with 3 front SRS airbags (the third one is for the driver’s knee) and 3-point auto-retracting seatbelts for every occupant. For the top variants, there are 4 additional airbags at the outer sides of the front seats and over the windows for a total of 7 airbags (the Hilux is the first in its class with this many airbags). A new feature on the eighth-gen Hilux is the Active Traction Control (A-TRC). The A-TRC mimics the function of the limited-slip differential (LSD) for maximizing traction on challenging terrain or surfaces.
Lastly, the new generation Hilux has a stronger chassis frame and bodyshell, with 45% more rigidity. High tensile steel plates are used in the upper and lower body to improve strength and safety but without adding more weight. The latest structural enhancements make the frame more long-lasting while also improving ride comfort and handling.
The prices for the all-new Hilux starts at RM89,900 for the 2.4 S/Cab, while the new Fortuner starts from 189,900 for the 2.4-liter variant. Color options available are Attitude Black, Grey Metallic, Med Silver Metallic, Silver Metallic, and the three new colors Crimson Spark Red Metallic, Avant-garde Bronze and Super White.
All-new Hilux price list (including insurance):
RM89,900 for the 2.4 S/Cab Manual
RM 91,900 for the 2.4 D/Cab Manual
RM 99,900 for the 2,4 D/Cab Std Manual
RM 109,900 for the 2.4 D/Cab 2.4G Manual
RM 121,900 for the 2.4 D/Cab 2.4G Auto
RM 133,900 for the 2.8G D/Cab Auto