Usually, when you’re on top, there is only one place to go – down. However, that does not seem to be the case with the Toyota Hilux, the most successful pickup truck in Malaysian history.
Even though competition has intensified over the years, and many new rivals have emerged with the aim of taking the top spot, the Toyota Hilux is still the crowd favourite, for a couple of reasons.
First and foremost, the Hilux has proved itself to be the ultimate workhorse that can survive the toughest of conditions.
But that does not mean that the Hilux is not suitable for urban, lifestyle oriented 4x4 users. This is because the folks at Toyota have made sure it has all the right features to make it the perfect all-rounder, such as:
1) Panoramic View Monitor
Despite its size, manoeuvring the Hilux through tight spaces like shopping mall car parks is no longer an issue, thanks to the Panoramic View Monitor which provides a bird’s eye view around the vehicle.
2) Active Traction Control (A-TRC)
When sensors detect a wheel losing traction in L4 mode, the system will individually put a brake to the affected wheel and transfers power to the opposite wheel on the same axle. This helps the Hilux to maintain a forward momentum and conquer tough situations easily.
3) Keyless Entry - What to do when the key fob runs out of battery?
Besides offering convenience to owners, the keyless entry system of the Hilux, despite being a modern technology, is actually pretty user friendly. For example, this is how easy it is to start the Hilux if the key fob runs out of battery.
4) Rear Differential Lock
To get you out of the toughest spots, the new Toyota Hilux is equipped with Rear Differential Lock. If you're on a slippery surface and one of Hilux's rear wheels is spinning, Rear Differential Lock assists the low-ratio L4 mode to give you the extra traction and control needed to keep moving.
5) 4L, 4H, 2H, and When to Use Them
4L, 4H, and 2H are transfer case settings. The transfer case is the machine that gets power from the transmission system and is responsible for distributing the power to the vehicle’s axles. 4L means low range 4WD transfer case setting. 4H is the high range 4WD transfer case setting. 2H, lastly, means 2 wheel drive high range transfer case setting. Sounds too technical? Watch the video to understand when to use the different modes.
6) Tailgate Assist
Pickup trucks’ tailgates have always been heavy and difficult to handle. However, thanks to features like the Tailgate Assist, you can lift the tailgate with just one finger!
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