Toyota has delivered its first-ever batch of Hilux pick-up trucks to the Indian Army. Before induction, the vehicles underwent a rigorous two-month evaluation by the Northern Command of the Indian Army’s Technical Evaluation Committee, testing their capabilities in challenging conditions such as rough terrains and sub-zero temperatures at an altitude of 13,000ft.
The Hilux, known for its off-road capabilities and Toyota’s reliability, joins the Indian Army’s existing fleet of 4x4s, including the Maruti Gypsy, Mahindra Scorpio, Tata Safari Storme, and Tata Xenon pick-up. While it’s not specified whether the Army-spec Hilux has been modified from the civilian version, it meets the requirements of the Indian Army according to their statement.
The Hilux comes with a 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine producing 204hp and 420Nm of torque (500Nm for the automatic variant). It offers a six-speed manual or six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, a four-wheel-drive system, low-range gearbox, and front and rear electronic differential locks for improved off-road performance. With an approach angle of 29 degrees, a departure angle of 26 degrees, and a water-wading capacity of 700mm, the Hilux proves to be a valuable addition to the Indian Army’s fleet.
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