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Toyota Hilux

Light utility vehicle

Toyota Hilux

The Toyota Hilux pickup truck is most suited for non-tactical roles

 
 
Toyota Hilux seventh generation
Country of origin Japan
Entered service 2004
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) ~ 2 000 kg
Payload capacity ~ 800 kg
Length 4.98 - 5.26 m
Width 1.84 m
Height 1.81 m
Mobility
Engine Toyota 3-liter diesel
Engine power 162 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 165 km/h
Range 700 ~ 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.35 m
Trench 0.5 m
Fording 0.5 m

 

   The Toyota Hilux appeared in 1968. It is a smaller sibling of the Land Cruiser. It is not a purpose-designed military vehicle, but a commercial 4x4 vehicle, intended for civil market. However due to its reliability, durability and off-road performance it is widely used by various military and paramilitary units, non-governmental organizations and militant groups from all over the world. Several generations of the Hilux have changed and this pickup truck is still in production. Though over the years a number of modifications were made to these vehicles. Since 2015 eighth generation vehicles are produced. This vehicle is being assembled in Japan and a number of other countries located all over the world.

   The Hilux pickups are very popular in Africa, Middle East and South America. The 1980s war between Chad and Libya was named the Toyota War because of the heavy use of Land Cruisers and Hiluxes by both parties. Currently the most often encounter models, used by military and paramilitary users are the seventh generation vehicles, that were produced between 2004 and 2015. Even the US special forces used in Afghanistan Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks, that are US-versions of the Toyota Hilux.

   This light commercial vehicle is smaller than the Land Cruiser and has inferior payload capacity and cross-country performance. Hence the Hilux is more suited for non-tactical roles. It is often used by non-frontline and paramilitary units, that operate in rear echelon.

   The Toyota Hilux pickup is available with a 2-door, or 4-door cabs. These vehicles are used to carry weapons and supplies. The Hiluxes are often converted into improvised fighting vehicles, armed with general purpose or heavy machine guns, mounted on tripods in the cargo area. These improvised combat vehicles are called "technicals" and are often encountered in war-torn regions.

   This pickup is available with various petrol or diesel engines. Their displacement ranges from 2- to 4-liters. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available. There are 4x2 and 4x4 version of this pickup. The Hilux proved to be a very reliable vehicle. It withstands heavy use and even abuse.

 

 
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