Toyota has revealed the Hilux MHEV for the European market. The new version includes a 48-volt mild hybrid system and is around 10% more fuel-efficient than its diesel-only counterpart. According to the company, the incorporation of this mild-hybrid technology has not impacted the vehicle's off-road and towing capabilities. Furthermore, the elements of the mild-hybrid structure are organised in such a way that a 700mm water-wading depth is possible. This setup, according to Toyota, provides better torque assistance, smoother start/stop operations, and regenerative braking than diesel-only powertrain. The Hilux MHEV will be produced in Thailand for European customers and is expected to be offered in other markets soon. Right now, there is no information available on the Hilux's mild hybrid version's arrival in India. More information on the same is anticipated to surface soon.
Toyota Hilux MHEV: What's Changed Mechanically?
The most significant modification, as previously stated, is a 2.8-litre diesel engine coupled to a 48V mild hybrid system. This mild-hybrid system is made up of a battery, an electric motor generator, and other components. Although power values have not yet been released, a boost in power and torque outputs is anticipated. The Hilux's only diesel variant has a maximum power output of 201bhp. The diesel engine's transmission is handled by a 6-speed torque converter automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Toyota Hilux MHEV: Will it Come to India?
In addition to Europe, the company will also offer the Hilux mild hybrid in South Africa, Australia, and ASEAN countries. Although there are currently no official reports, this model may also be introduced in India. Market sources state that the carmaker is thinking about introducing this technology to India, however, it's unclear which model will be the first to have it. Given its popularity in India, the Fortuner may be the next vehicle to obtain the mild hybrid treatment and launch as early as next year.
Toyota Hilux Waiting Period in India
All Hilux variants are currently subject to a four-week waiting period in the country, which runs through the end of November. For more specific information, interested clients can contact their closest authorised dealerships. In terms of amenities, the pickup truck has an instrument cluster, a 6-speaker setup, cruise control, steering-mounted controls, an auto-dimming IRVM, a cooled glove box, front and rear parking sensors, and more. It also has an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay integration.