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    Indian Army strengthens its fleet with Toyota Hilux

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    Haji Chakralwale

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    Indian Army strengthens its fleet with Toyota Hilux

    - Hilux gets four-wheel drive as standard

    - Joins Mahindra Scorpio Classic, Tata Safari Storme, and Maruti Gypsy

    Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has achieved a new milestone by delivering a convoy of Toyota Hilux to the Indian Army. This is the carmaker’s first-ever fleet of the pickup being handed over to the Army after an extensive test and evaluation for over two months.

    Evaluation of the Toyota Hilux before the order

    Toyota Hilux Left Front Three Quarter

    Before delivery, the Toyota Hilux was put through tests in extreme weather conditions and rough terrains ranging from an altitude of 13,000ft to sub-zero temperatures. The lifestyle pickup truck is known for its 4x4 and water-wading capabilities. For reference, the Hilux’s water-wading capacity is 700mm.

    Powertrain and specifications of Toyota Hilux

    Toyota Hilux Gear Selector Dial

    Mechanically, the Hilux is powered by a 2.8-litre diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual and a torque converter unit. The oil burner is tuned to produce 201bhp and 420Nm of torque with the manual gearbox. Meanwhile, the automatic variants churn out identical power and a bumped-up 500Nm of peak torque. Notably, all the variants are equipped with the 4x4 system as standard.

    Indian Army fleet

    Toyota Hilux Right Front Three Quarter

    With this new addition, Indian Army now has the Toyota Hilux, Tata Safari Storme, Maruti Suzuki Gypsy, Force Gurkha, and Mahindra Scorpio Classic in its defence vehicle fleet.

    Toyota Hilux Right Front Three Quarter

    Speaking on this development, V. Wiseline Sigamani, General Manager, Strategic Business Unit (North), Toyota India, said “We are thrilled to deliver the Hilux, marking a significant milestone, fulfilling our first-ever Hilux order to the Indian Army. We are truly honoured and proud of this opportunity. The Hilux offers unique off-roading characteristics, coupled with enhanced safety features, making it the most ideal vehicle for the army purposes and catering 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 to offering reliable products and we look forward to our continued association with the Indian Army in the future.”

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