The 2016 Toyota Hilux Revo pickup has made its global premiere in Thailand and a derivate of which will be heading to the Indian market as the next generation Fortuner.
Toyota Motor Thailand has pulled the covers of the 2016 Hilux Revo pickup truck at the global premiere in Bangkok. The new generation Toyota Hilux Revo has been upgraded with an evolutionary new look and gets several new features in terms of tech along with new engines on offer. What makes this model relevant to the Indian market is that several of that equipment and engines will feature on the next generation Fortuner and Innova that are set for launch in 2016.
Starting with the cosmetic changes, the eighth generation 2016 Toyota Hilux Revo pickup gets a bold new front fascia with the three-slat chrome induced grille that merges into the headlight which come equipped with LED daytime running lights. The model has grown 70 mm longer and 20 mm wider over the outgoing version while the roofline has been lowered marginally. Toyota says that the new Hilux is more rigid courtesy of the new underpinnings and the steering response has improved as well. The new Hilux also offers more shoulder room and legroom inside the cabin, states the automaker.
On the inside, the cabin has seen a major upgrade for the better with a new and more urban three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. The top-sec variant comes with a host of features including a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, LED headlights, automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start and much more. Toyota has also spruced up the pickup with a new technology called FIRM (Frame with Integrated Rigidity Mechanism) that has improved the front and side impact structure in order to meet the stricter crash test norms. In addition, the pickup now comes with a plethora of safety features including 7 airbags (top-spec Revo variant only), ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, VSC, Hill Assist Control, Downhill Assist Control and Trailer Sway Control.
Coming to the engine options, the 2016 Toyota Hilux pickup is available in three powertrain options including two diesels and one petrol. The petrol variant gets the 2.7-litre four-cylinder unit from the outgoing version that makes 122 HP and 245 Nm of torque. The diesel motors though are all-new units from the GD family and include the 2.4-litre four-cylinder producing 150 HP and 343 Nm as well as 400 Nm of torque. The other diesel is a 2.8-litre four-cylinder unit churning out 177 HP and 420 Nm or 450 Nm of peak torque, based on the choice of transmission which includes a 6-speed manual as well as an automatic unit sending power to all four wheels via the Shift-on-fly 4WD system.
Prices for the 2016 Toyota Hilux range starts at 5,69,000 Baht (Rs. 10.83 lakhs) for the single-cab variant in Thailand, going up to 11,39,000 Baht (Rs. 21.67 lakhs) for the double-cab variant. Toyota also promises that the new diesel engines are 10 percent more fuel efficient. The next generation Fortuner and Innova are eagerly awaited in the country and will further help strengthen the Japanese manufacturer’s position in the respective segments.