Toyota Hilux

Toyota Hilux Joins Indian Army: Is This the Next Battle-Ready SUV?

The Northern Command of the Indian Army gave the Hilux a hard look for two months.

The first set of Hilux pick-up trucks made by Toyota Kirloskar Motor have been given to the Indian Army. The Technical Evaluation Committee of the Northern Command of the Indian Army spent two months putting the Hilux through its paces before adding it to the fleet. It was tried on rough terrain and in harsh weather, from 13,000 feet up to temperatures below zero.

  1. This is Toyota’s first-ever order from the Indian Army
  2. Hilux is powered by a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine
  3. Joins other SUVs in the Army’s fleet such as the Scorpio, Safari Storme

Toyota Hilux: new addition to Indian Army fleet

The Indian Army has had many different 4x4s in its fleet, including the Maruti Gypsy, Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Safari Storme (GS800), and Tata Xenon pick-up, just to name a few. The Hilux is the newest 4×4 to join the fleet, which makes sense since it can go off-road and Toyota is known for its durability. But nobody knows if the Army-spec Hilux is different from the civilian-spec type in any way.

In a statement, the Army said, “We are happy to receive the first fleet of Toyota Hilux, which meets the needs of the Indian Army.” We appreciate TKM’s help in customizing the Hilux, which passed our tough road tests thanks to its strong off-roading capabilities and extreme performance in harsh weather and rough terrain, which was a key part of our requirements. We’re looking forward to putting this fleet of Hilux trucks to their intended uses.”

The Indian Army recently bought a group of Mahindra Scorpio Classics, which are supposed to replace the Maruti Gypsy vehicles that have been used by the Army for almost 20 years. The military also wants to add EVs to its fleet. For example, the Indian Air Force just bought 12 Tata Nexon EVs for its use.

Toyota Hilux: engine and specs

here is a table of the Toyota Hilux’s engine and specs:

Engine2.8L Turbocharged I4 Diesel
Power177 hp @ 3400rpm
Torque420 Nm @ 1600rpm
Transmission6-speed Automatic
DrivetrainRear-Wheel Drive, Four-Wheel Drive
Fuel Efficiency (City)12.5 kmpl
Fuel Efficiency (Highway)18.9 kmpl
Dimensions (Length x Width x Height)5335 mm x 1855 mm x 1815 mm
Ground Clearance225 mm
Boot Space113 litres (2-Wheel Drive), 406 litres (4-Wheel Drive)
Weight2180 kg
Price (Ex-showroom, India)₹29.99 lakh – ₹33.29 lakh

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