Published on December 29th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Toyota Hilux, Still The Construction & Plantation Hero
For the 2015 model year, the Toyota Hilux receives improvements which refresh its looks as well as giving a more premium feel with the additional enhancements like Daytime Running Light (DRL), leather seat upgrade for the 2.5G AT variants, among others. UMW Toyota Motor also introduces the TRD Sportivo variant, a Sporty Pick-up truck that is catered for the young and young at heart.
The Toyota Hilux is undoubtedly the Malaysia’s best-selling pick-up truck with over 180,000 units of the current generation sold since its launch in Malaysia in 2005. Its continued position as the market leader in its segment has been due to not only the advanced and tough appearance but more importantly, a globally proven record of reliability and durability for over 40 years (since its first production in 1968).
The Quality, Durability and Reliability of the Hilux have been recognised all over the world and it has won many awards. In Malaysia, it has won awards for being the best pick-up truck from various organisations and publications.
Firstly, we have the TRD Sportivo variant added to line-up. The TRD variants consist of 3.0G TRD Sportivo (AT) priced from RM109,967.00 and 2.5G TRD Sportivo (AT) priced from RM105,662.00. TRD, being the high-performance arm of Toyota, has developed a TRD bodykit specially for the Hilux which adds sportiness to the looks and provides more distinctive differentiation from the other variants.
Besides the exclusive bodykit, the TRD Sportivo package also comes with Daytime Running Lights on the TRD front bumper spoiler, black alloy rims, TRD combination leather upholstery, carbon fiber cubic printing on the instrument panel and door armrest panels, and TRD carpet mats.
Hilux TRD Sportivo customers can also have an optional TRD sports bar installed at the back of the cab. Developed by TRD, the sports bar is made of strong yet lightweight ABS material. It is matched to the vehicle’s body colour and its aerodynamic flat design enhances the looks of the vehicle.
As with other accessories offered by UMW Toyota Motor, the TRD Sportivo items are manufactured to the same high quality standards as Toyota vehicles and enjoy the same warranty coverage. They are installed professionally by trained personnel, further ensuring the best fit and finish.
The improvements for the Hilux 3.0G and 2.5G include a new dark grey finish for the alloy wheels, fitment of Daytime Running Lights, new interior trim and seat materials. The 2015 Hilux can also be identified by new bodystripes along the sides of the vehicle. The combination leather upholstery offered in the Hilux 3.0G is now also available in the Hilux 2.5G AT, while the Hilux 2.5G MT gets a new seat fabric design. For improved comfort and safety, the Hilux 3.0G, 2.5G AT and TRD Sportivo variants come with Toyota Premium Security and Solar Film that is compliant with JPJ regulations and does not interfere with Smartag operation at toll plazas.
In response to customer requests, additional lock is now provided for the spare wheel on all Hilux variants. This will help deter theft attempt of the spare wheel which is located under the rear of the vehicle. Having customers’ convenience in mind, a portable tyre pump will be added as standard for Hilux 3.0G, 2.5G AT and TRD variants (it is optional for Hilux 2.5G MT, Double Cab Standard and Single Cab). Customer can enjoy the convenience to re-inflate tyres anywhere, even at home. It is also very helpful during an emergency, whereby Hilux users can immediately access to a tyre pump although there is no petrol station in nearby vicinity. Designed with LED lights to aid usability at night, the portable tyre pump also comes with multiple types of nozzles to inflate various other inflatables.
A more advanced level of connectivity is now provided to Hilux owners (3.0G, 2.5G and TRD variants only) with the optional DVD-AVN system that includes a reverse camera with static guide lines. Besides the usual audio feature, this system now interfaces with compatible smartphones (Android and iOS) using Bluetooth or WiFi connection. The MirrorLink and Miracast function enable users to operate their smartphone functions and applications through the DVD-AVN screen itself. Further adding to convenience, user can also browse the Internet or search information on the screen once the AVN system connects and uses smartphone as hotspot. There is also Voice Recognition function for the audio and navigation systems and all information is shown on a 7-inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen. The angle of the 2-DIN head unit can be adjusted for the best viewing position.
Second optional accessory available is the DVD-AVX system which also includes a reverse camera. This has a 6.1-inch colour touchscreen, DVD-player, MP3, USB, SD Card slot, and Bluetooth hands-free function. This DVD-AVX system caters for users who prefer a more advanced DVD media player system with beautiful touch-screen display while not needing a navigation system.
For 2015 Hilux Double Cab range, two new exterior colours are available– Grey Metallic and Attitude Black – for a total of five colour choices. As with most models offered by UMW Toyota Motor, the Hilux comes with a 3-year/100,000 kms (whichever occurs earlier after first registration) warranty, subject to conditions stated in the Owner’s Handbook. This reflects the confidence that UMW Toyota Motor has in the superior build quality of its vehicles, a hallmark of Toyota products.