Toyota Motor Thailand has added a new variant to the market leading Hilux Vigo Champ range (known here as just Hilux), and it’s a bi-fuel version of the pick-up truck that can run on either petrol or compressed natural gas, CNG.
A CNG powered Mitsubishi Triton can be had in Thailand, but this Hilux conversion is factory fitted and official warranties apply. The Hilux is the second Toyota model that gets a factory CNG conversion in Thailand, after the Corolla.
Available in Standard (single) or Smart (extended) cab form, the Hilux CNG is powered by a 2TR-FE 2.7 litre four-cylinder engine with VVT-i. It makes 160 PS and 241 Nm of torque and is paired to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Compared to the standard engine, Toyota added a CNG receptacle, double check valve, regulator, CNG filter, sequential injection system, revised ECU and a CNG control switch/display. The latter will sit just above the driver’s right knee.
The CNG tank meanwhile, is placed in a protective compartment placed in the cargo bed. The Standard Cab is priced at 622,000 baht while the Smart Cab goes for 724,000 baht.