* This prestigious milestone comes post a rigorous selection process amongst other potential vehicles by the Army’s Technical Evaluation Committee
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is proud to announce the handover of a fleet of Toyota Hilux, marking the company’s first-ever delivery of its Hilux to the Indian Army. The Hilux was put through over 2 months of extensive and rigorous evaluation by the Northern Command of the Indian Army and the globally acclaimed Hilux outperformed in extreme weather and rough terrains – ranging from an altitude of 13000ft to sub-zero temperatures. The Toyota Hilux is an iconic Utility Vehicle that is globally recognized for its toughness, durability, reliability, and off-roading capabilities.
Sharing his views, Mr. V. Wiseline Sigamani, General Manager – Strategic Business Unit (North), said “We are thrilled to deliver the Hilux, marking a significant milestone, fulfilling our first-ever Hilux order to Indian Army. We are truly honoured and proud with this opportunity. The Hilux that offers unique off-roading characteristics, coupled with enhanced safety features, makes it the most ideal vehicle for the army purposes and cater to their special purposes.
We are sure that the Hilux will be a great addition to the army’s fleets and meet the specific needs of our esteemed clientele. This reaffirms our commitment in offering reliable products and we look forward to our continued association with the Indian Army in the future.”
The senior leadership and users of Hilux said, “We are happy to receive the first fleet of Toyota Hilux, which measures up to the requirements of the Indian Army. We acknowledge TKM’s support to customise the Hilux, passing through our stringent road tests with its strong off-roading strengths and extreme performance under stringent weather, difficult terrain conditions, which is key to our requirements. We look forward to utilising these fleet of Hilux for the purposes meant.”
With its global reputation as a reliable off-roader, the Hilux has proven its worth time and again, and the Indian Army’s procurement post rigorous testing only serves to reinforce its reputation.
Globally, the Hilux sales have surpassed 20 million units winning hearts of many discerning customers from over 180 countries. Through more than five decades and eight generations, the Toyota Hilux has created extraordinary experiences and an unbreakable bond with those who desire awesome drives.
Toyota Hilux is aimed to fulfil the needs of customers seeking an awesome utility vehicle that is best suited, not only for off-roading adventure drives on tough terrains, but also for everyday city use. Furthermore, this versatile vehicle is perfectly suited for multiple purpose usages that can cater to new emerging business customers, campervan, farming, defense, mining, construction, rescue van, etc. With its powerful powertrain system of 2.8 L Four Cylinder Turbo-Diesel Engine, the Hilux is available in option of 6- Speed Automatic and 6-Speed Manual Transmission. All the variants of Hilux are equipped with 4X4 drive capabilities along with many first-in-segment features such as 8” Infotainment system, Connected features (such as Emergency Call [e-Call], Vehicle Security, Remote Check, Smart Watch enabled, Vehicle Static Location, Geofence & Speed alerts and more), Dual Zone AC, Tire Angle Monitor & Front Parking Sensors for a smooth drive.
In addition to a variety of remarkable features coupled with a robust engine, the Hilux also offers exceptional endurance, low maintenance cost, and great practicality for a variety of usage purposes. Furthermore, the Hilux's water wading capability of 700mm makes it suitable for driving through Indian trails, setting new standards in its off-road capability. Needless to mention, some of the key features for selecting the legendary Hilux being its gradeability, 4x4 capability, and engine power backed up by Toyota’s renowned QDR (Quality, Durability& Reliability).
Given the rising trend towards owning 4x4 SUVs, the Toyota Hilux has received good customer response by gaining enormous appreciation for its great styling and driving comfort. Recently, in India, Toyota announced their foray into 4X4 X-pedition, designed to connect with the 4x4 enthusiast and provide opportunities to unleash the true potential of their 4x4 SUVs. The first ‘Great 4x4 X-pedition by Toyota’ started with a zonal drive in South of India, creating an unforgettable journey for the 4x4 community and is further set to be held in three other regions across the country, covering North, East and West.