Toyota Hilux pickup truck has been spied in India in dual-cab configuration; could be considered as a possible future launch
The latest generation Toyota Hilux pickup truck has been spied in India, just a month after pictures of a customer vehicle registered in Nepal were released on the Internet. In February 2017, the Hilux was spotted on Delhi as well. However, this time around the eighth generation model caught on camera in Kolkata appears to be a test prototype.
The lifestyle pickup truck wore a white wrap on the bonnet and it could have been imported into the country for testing duties or perhaps for a private customer. The latest generation of highly popular Hilux made its global debut back in May 2015, and within two years later the updated version arrived via a world premiere at Bangkok International Motor Show.
The spotted prototype seems to be a pre-facelift version in dual cab configuration. On the exterior, it boasts a tall riding stance with immaculate road presence. The prominent dual slate chrome front grille is a highlighting visual element and is positioned between the neatly sweptback headlamp unit. The hood features air scoops to channel air into the engine for cooling purposes.
The front bumper comes equipped with round-shaped fog lamps while the wing mirrors are embellished in chrome, so are the door handles and a set of large two-tone wheels. The rear end gains sporty LED tail lamps and chrome trim in tail gate structure.
More than three years back, it was reported that the Hilux was patented in India. It is one of the long serving pickup trucks in the world and has been in the business since 1968 as Toyota sold several millions units of it. Based on the same platform as the best-selling Fortuner SUV, the Hilux could be considered as a future option for India.
In international markets, it is retailed with a range of engine options from 2.0-litre to a 4.0-litre V6 unit. Transmission choices comprise of a standard five-speed manual and it goes up to six-speed automatic. Would you like to see Toyota enter the Hilux in India? Have your say below!