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.
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.
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.
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.