AD: Toyota Hilux still a top pick-up

New L-Edition variant proves rugged utility trucks can be premium as well

First introduced in 1968 in its native Japanese market, the Toyota Hilux was quick to establish a status as one of the most iconic pickup trucks in the world. The Toyota Hilux became synonymous with durability, reliability and off-road capability. But as pick-up trucks became lifestyle vehicles, more was expected from this genre of vehicles.

In response to feedback from customers yearning for a more premium and tougher look and feel to Malaysia’s bestselling pick-up truck, local distributor UMW Toyota rolled out the Toyota Hilux L-Edition, which bolsters the current, eighth-generation Toyota Hilux with more features to complement its already solid package.

Hilux LE Front Grill 02

The L in L-Edition stands for luxury, and this variant is differentiated from regular Hilux models by its bold front look headlined by a hexagonal grille surrounded in chrome for a wider and more aggressive front end. The new look also emphasises the toughness of the Hilux, a hallmark of the nameplate throughout its 50-year history.

Hilux 2.8 LE Alloy Rim 02

Other differences include 5-spoke 18-inch rims with a two-tone finish (silver and black), and a rear step ornament integrated with silver trim, both of which add a dash of premium originality to the otherwise familiar exterior of the Toyota Hilux.

Hilux 2.8LE Interior 02
Things are similarly improved inside. Toyota has accentuated the feel of luxury with an all-black interior and matching piano black trim throughout the cabin. There are also high-quality perforated leather seats to match. These seats are said to offer better comfort and ventilation than before.

On the safety front, the Toyota Hilux L-Edition is equipped with seven airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Active Traction Control (A-TRC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).

Powertrain-wise, you get the same choice of engines as before, starting with a 2.4-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel to a meatier 2.8-litre engine. Both are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifter which delivers strong low-end torque to all four wheels but the latter gets additional Downhill Assist Control (DAC) and an Optitron meter with white backlight for a clearer view under all lighting conditions.

Now that the L-Edition variant is part of its stable, the full Toyota Hilux range is priced as follows:

Hilux Single Cab 2.4 (MT) 4x4 – RM87,200
Hilux Double Cab 2.4 STD (MT) 4x4 – RM96,900
Hilux Double Cab 2.4G (MT) 4x4 – RM106,700
Hilux Double Cab 2.4G (AT) 4x4 – RM116,300
Hilux Double Cab 2.4 L Edition (AT) 4x4 – RM119,300
Hilux Double Cab 2.8G (AT) 4x4 – RM130,900
Hilux Double Cab 2.8 L Edition (AT) 4x4 – RM133,900

All prices are on-the-road with GST, exclusive of insurance. Additionally, all variants come with a five-year, 150,000km warranty to give buyers added peace of mind for a pickup truck already globally renowned for its bulletproof reliability.

Author: TopGear
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