Toyota Hilux went through extreme weather and terrain testing for the Indian Army
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has achieved a big milestone in India by delivering its first-ever fleet of Toyota Hilux to the Indian Army. The pickup truck went through a thorough selection process conducted by the Army’s Technical Evaluation Committee, wherein the Hilux outperformed other potential vehicles in extreme weather conditions and challenging terrains, including altitudes of up to 13,000 ft and sub-zero temperatures.
The Toyota Hilux is renowned globally for its durability, reliability and off-roading capabilities, making it an ideal choice for the Indian armed forces. The vehicle underwent over two months of extensive evaluation by the Indian Army’s Northern Command.
The vehicle’s strong off-roading strengths and performance under challenging weather and terrain conditions were key factors in its selection.
With a proven global track record as a reliable off-roader, the Hilux’s procurement by the Indian Army further reinforces its reputation. With sales exceeding 20 million units in over 180 countries, the Toyota Hilux is one of the most popular vehicles across the world.
The Toyota Hilux is powered by a 2.8-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 204 BHP and 420 Nm torque (500 Nm for automatic). It is available in both 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission options. It is equipped with 4×4 as standard across all variants. It has a water wading capacity of 700 mm.
Some of the features include 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, connected features, dual zone AC, Tire Angle Monitor, Front Parking Sensors, etc.
The Indian Army has a huge fleet of Maruti Gypsy and Tata Safari Storme GS800. Recently, they ordered more than 3000 units of Mahindra Scorpio Classic as well.