Updated On: 3 June 2021 Jatin Jhamb
Update 03/06/2021 - New info states that Toyota might bring in the Hilux in a few months. There is a scarcity of an affordable 4x4 pickup truck in India and with the Hilux being priced at a nominal price, we believe it will turn out to be a better alternative than the overpriced Isuzu D-Max V-Cross 4x4. Isuzu D-Max V-Cross 4x4 prices now start from Rs 20.98 lakh for the manual and Rs 24.49 lakh for the 6-speed auto. All prices stick to ex-showroom, Delhi.
Update 06/05/2021 - Isuzu is all set to launch the BS6 version of the D-Max V-Cross pickup truck in the Indian market. It will only come with a 1.9L turbocharged BS6 compliant diesel engine and will carry a manual transmission for the Z and an automatic for the Z Prestige. The launch is expected in June.
Just yesterday we delivered this piece of news to you that Toyota is considering the Hilux to launch in the Indian market soon. The Hilux is basically a pick-up version and shares the same IMV platform with the Fortuner. If it gets launched then what better way to compete it with the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross. This comparison between Toyota Hilux vs Isuzu D-Max V-Cross lets you know that which one is better among the two!
|Dimensions||Toyota Hilux||Isuzu D-Max V-Cross|
|Length||5330 mm||5295 mm|
|Width||1855 mm||1860 mm|
|Height||1815 mm||1855 mm|
|Ground Clearance||279 mm||225 mm|
|Wheelbase||3085 mm||3095 mm|
As you can see from above, the Hilux is longer in length than Isuzu D-Max V-Cross. But the wheelbase of the Hilux is 10 mm smaller than the V-Cross which means possibly less cabin space. Both the pick-up trucks measure marginally the same in width, Hilux with 1855 mm while the V-Cross being at 1860 mm. The biggest advantage Hilux has over the Isuzu is in terms of ground clearance which is 279 mm when compared to V-Cross's 225 mm. This helps the Hilux in tackling higher off-roading patches than the Isuzu.
|Engine||Toyota Hilux||Isuzu D-Max V-Cross|
|Capacity||2.4L and 2.8L||1.9L and 2.5L|
|Power||148 bhp and 200 bhp||148 bhp and 134 bhp|
|Torque||400 Nm and 500 Nm||350 Nm and 320 Nm|
|Transmission||Both engines get 6-speed MT and 6-speed AT||6-speed auto for 1.9L and a 5-speed manual for 2.5L|
The table above showcases that the upcoming Hilux is a powerful product as it gets two engine options - a 2.4L and a bigger 2.8L. Rumour has it that the latter is really good since it offers 500 Nm of peak torque. You can choose between a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed auto but we expect that only the manual version of the 2.4L diesel will come and the bigger 2.8L will stick with the automatic transmission.
The Hilux is more powerful than the Isuzu and has a capacity to tow and carry more load than the V-Cross. Here we have taken the specs of BS4 engine of the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross. Since the BS6 version is still not out, we expect there will be a minor loss in power and ARAI mileage.
As far as the prices go then the Hilux is expected to start from Rs 15-17 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The upcoming Isuzu BS6 prices are still unknown but expect a hike of Rs 70,000 to Rs 80,000 from the BS4 model - this means it will retain a higher sticker price than the Toyota offering. Isuzu D-Max V-cross has been ruling the pick-up truck segment since long and now it'll be great to see the real-world comparison of both Toyota Hilux and the Isuzu.