The new IMV duo has gone through a revamp, and Toyota is all set now to take on the Southeast Asian market once more by delivering the most reliable, practical and sturdiest product to date, for us. Can it still persevere in an increasingly tough market? We daringly say yes.
By continuing on tradition, the eighth-generation Hilux has been strengthened, including a thicker frame, stiffer body, new high-torque turbo-diesel engines, advanced six-speed transmissions, beefed-up suspension and brakes, and expanded off-road ability.
Unlike the old and utilitarian-focused model, the new Hilux now gets an all-new 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine. It emits less emissions, but produces more power at 175bhp and 450Nm – a huge jump over its once 100bhp 2.5-litre predecessor. Buyers can still opt for a tax-friendlier 2.4-litre motor as well.
Like before, the new Hilux will be available in two bodystyles. Dimensions on the single cab remains pretty much the same, but the range-topping double cab now measures in at 70mm longer and 20mm wider than the former. The Hilux also gets a potent 286mm ground clearance for better off-roading capabilities.
G variants do get a set of LED projector headlamps, chrome bumpers, larger alloys and automatic lighting with intermittent wiper function. Overall packaging on the inside is also considerably enhanced with the use of a Lexus-esque optitron meter cluster.
For the Fortuner however, this is the second-generation model introduced close to 12 years back – and being one of the largest SUVs to be manufactured by Toyota locally in Malaysia.
Just like the Hilux, the Fortuner comes with a choice of two engines – a new 2.4-litre turbodiesel, which replaces the old 2.5-litre unit, and still retaining the petrol-propelled 2.7-litre engine as the range-topping choice.
It adopts the similar floating roof concept that is seen on the latest Lexus RX. In front, the Fortuner gets a large trapezoidal lower grille, a new pair of headlamps and bigger bumpers that inclines itself towards the latest design direction.
In order to enhance on-road ride quality, Toyota has equipped the Fortuner with coil springs with built-in stabiliser bars to minimise body roll. To aid handling even further, the Pitch and Bounce Control monitors the changing surface conditions to reduce excessive thuds into the cabin.
With six different variants, two bodystyles and engine choices to choose from, prices of the Toyota Hilux starts at RM89,900 to RM133,900 – and RM186,900 to RM199,900 for the two variants made available for the Fortuner.