The Hilux is ready to take back the hill

Did you know there is a revised Hilux pickup truck in all Toyota showrooms right now?

This “urbanised” pickup truck still remains every inch a Hilux. Yet it also heralds a new era for the pick-up truck with the style, comfort, safety and advanced technology to satisfy even the most discerning leisure truck users, the “urban cowboys”.

Physical attributes

In response to Asean customer feedback which desired a more premium and tougher look and feel to Asean’s bestselling pick-up truck, the Hilux L-Edition (the “L” refers to “Luxury”) was developed for both the 2.8 litre AT 4×4 and 2.4 litre AT 4×4 variants.

Differentiating the L-Edition from other Hilux variants is the bold front design with an aggressive image and wider appearance created by its hexagonal grille surrounded by chrome trim.

The bumper now has a different profile with larger and wider air intake below the grille. These changes reflect and emphasise the toughness of the Hilux, a key attribute throughout its 50-year history.

It’s new rear step ornament is now integrated with silver trim, adding a premium touch to the vehicle’s looks.

The Hilux L-Edition also comes with new stylish five-spoke, 18-inch rims in two-tone colours – silver and black.

A cabin like never before

The Hilux L-Edition has an all-black interior theme with a combination of piano black trim throughout the cabin which gives it a bolder, upmarket feel.

Its high-quality combination leather seats are perforated for more comfort and better ventilation.

There are also specially designed Optitron meters with white background lighting to provide clear viewing under all lighting conditions.

The new Hilux boasts class-leading levels of practical storage as well.

Both front and rear door pockets can stow one-litre plastic bottles, and the Double Cab’s rear accommodation further benefits from twin rear armrest cup holders, pockets and convenience hooks to the front seat-backs, ceiling hooks above the seats, and under-seat storage compartments.

Safety a priority

This Hilux comes with a high strength, impact-absorbing body structure and comprehensive brake control systems.

It is also equipped with seven airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Active Traction Control (A-TRC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) as standard.

For the 2.8 L-Edition, Downhill Assist Control (DAC) is added to make driving down a steep slope easier and safer.

Drive dynamics

It is tough! Really tough and yet it drives like a sedan on steroids. With a 217mm ground clearance, the Hilux offers a commanding driving position.

The driver’s seat is leather bound, fully electric and torso-hugging just like with the Toyota sedans.

In town the size is easy to work with despite a few blind spots. On the highway it is stable and its pulling power impressive.

The entertainment system is a 6.1-inch touchscreen with a DVD player. It also enjoys USB/AUX/Bluetooth compatibility and a reverse camera besides six speakers to deliver Camry cabin-like entertainment.

It is always good to know you are driving a Hilux when you’re dealing with Klang Valley’s many potholes, broken tarmac, patchy road surfaces and frequent flooding.

The 2755cc D-4D unit develops 177bhp at 3,400 rpm, and maximum torque of 450Nm between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm.

This also means it will make a good workhorse for plantation, logging and farming business owners and their employees.

Toyota Hilux 2.8G (AT) specifications:

Engine: 4-cylinder DOHC intercooler VNT diesel
Capacity: 2,755 cc
Power: 177 PS @ 3,400 rpm
Torque: 450 Nm @ 1,600 – 2,400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed auto
Price: RM133,900 as tested

Pictures by Daniel Fernandez




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