Toyota Hilux AT35 is the proper Ranger Raptor rival, and more

Updated Feb 23, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The Hilux gets design tweaks to deliver greater off-road capabilities.

The Toyota Hilux arguably has a reputation for being one of the toughest vehicles on the globe. It is also probably among the popular pickup trucks in the world after being in the market for more than 50 years.

2021 Toyota Hilux Philippines Quick Look: Subtle changes that matter

Last September 2020, the new Toyota Hilux officially made its debut in the Philippines. The top-spec variant dubbed the Conquest comes with a bold and aggressive exterior design. It is also equipped with a 2.8-liter diesel engine that can put out 201 hp and 500 Nm of torque.

In Europe, the top-spec Hilux variant is being marketed as the Invincible X. It has the same look and similar power unit to the one we have here in the Philippines. As such, the new Hilux already has a commanding stance and notable power output to boast off.

Toyota Hilux AT35 front profile shot

Toyota Hilux AT35

However, Toyota Europe wanted to make the Hilux an even better pickup truck that could deliver greater off-road capabilities. To be able to do this, Toyota Europe teamed up with Arctic Trucks, which is an off-road engineering company. The partnership of the two companies gave birth to the Hilux AT35, a truck that can rival the Ford Ranger Raptor.

The Toyota Hilux AT35 gets new and updated features such as an increased ground clearance of 65mm. The automaker added that the Hilux’s approach and departure angles have increased by nine and three degrees, respectively.

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Toyota Hilux AT35 side

The black 17-inch alloy wheels and all-terrain tires add to the Hilux's aggressive appeal

Toyota and Arctic Trucks were able to achieve that by adjusting the Hilux’s frame, inner arches, and bodywork. Moreover, the Toyota Hilux AT35 is fitted with a set of 17-inch Arctic Trucks alloy wheels wrapped with 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 All-Terrain tires. The Hilux is also equipped with an Arctic Trucks Bilstein performance suspension system. This gives the truck more suspension lift. In addition, the Hilux AT35 features a modified front and read differentials that are said to deliver a more optimized torque and drivability.

Toyota Hilux AT35 rear

The Toyota Hilux AT35 can drive through almost any terrain

The Toyota Hilux AT35 comes with a distinctive look courtesy of the exclusive package for the front and rear wings. It also gets extended side steps, AT35 badging, and a 30th-anniversary decal in celebration of Arctic Trucks as a company. For added functionality and practicality, the Toyota Hilux AT35 comes with a rear height bar that’s integrated with a two-inch receiver hitch. Toyota added that each Hilux AT35 comes with an individual Arctic Trucks certificate of authenticity.

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<p>The Toyota Hilux is a pickup with a globally known nameplate for being one of the reliable workhorse vehicles. It was 1968 when Toyota&#39;s pickup truck started building a reputation for being rugged and dependable, and it continues until today with the facelifted model launched in 2020. This popular pickup continues to evolve and slowly move upmarket after gaining luxuries. The most significant revolutionary jump of the Hilux happened in 2004 when the seventh-generation of the model was introduced. It was the first 21st-century iteration of Toyota&#39;s pickup. It is also the first generation to ride on Toyota&rsquo;s new Innovative Multi-purpose Vehicle architecture. It provided improved safety, better ride comfort, modern D-4D diesel engines, more interior space, and a more modern aerodynamic body. The current 8th generation offers a more refined and stylish design than its predecessor, but the tradition of being a tough pickup continues. It gets a much-awaited refresh in 2020 inline. Aside from improved looks, the Philippine iteration also comes with more powerful engine options. The Toyota Hilux is available in 4x4 and 4x2 variants. In the Philippines, the pickup truck is offered with diesel engines. It is available with automatic or manual transmission depending on the variant.</p>

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