Toyota has recently unwrapped its latest creation, the Hilux Champ, marking a significant milestone as the first model based on the newly unveiled IMV 0 platform. Initially introduced in Thailand, this versatile pickup is set to conquer global markets including Indonesia, Africa, and South America in the future.
- Customization Galore: The Hilux Champ emerges as the second offering under Toyota's esteemed Hilux brand, positioning itself as an exceptionally customizable vehicle with up to 10 configurations. This level of adaptability empowers buyers, in collaboration with third-party car body-builders, to craft the pickup according to their distinct preferences.
- Powertrain Options: Highlighting a trio of powertrain choices, the Hilux Champ caters to a spectrum of driving preferences. Options include a robust 2.4-litre diesel engine generating 150hp, coupled with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, two naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engines—a 2.0-litre unit with 130hp and a 2.7-litre unit with 166hp—offer versatility. Both petrol engines come with options of a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
- Wheelbase Variants: The pickup introduces flexibility with two wheelbase options. The Hilux Champ SWB, measuring 4.9 meters in length, features a 2,750mm wheelbase, identical to the Toyota Innova Crysta. In contrast, the Hilux Champ LWB, spanning 5.3 meters, boasts a longer 3,085mm wheelbase. Both versions share a commendable 180mm ground clearance.
The Future Awaits
- Global Expansion: While official confirmation regarding the Hilux Champ's entry into the Indian market remains undisclosed, the IMV 0 platform's explicit focus on developing markets fuels anticipation. Industry sources suggest the prospect of the Hilux Champ making its debut in India, potentially offering an SUV derivative approximately a year after its pickup launch.
- Affordable Fortuner Possibility: Situated on the ladder-frame IMV 0 platform, the Hilux Champ could potentially pave the way for an affordable version of the Fortuner, addressing markets with evolving preferences and requirements.
With the Hilux Champ Toyota is leading the way in customizable, performance-driven cars. A new era in automobile design was kicked in by the pickup's adaptability and broad popularity and the future holds a plethora of exciting opportunities for fans seeking a powerful and personalized driving experience.