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Not too long ago, UMW Toyota Motor introduced the 2016 Toyota Hilux pick-up truck and 2016 Toyota Fortuner seven-seater SUV. Here we have both models in their respective range-topping variants, the Hilux in 2.8G 4×4 auto guise and the Fortuner as a 2.7 SRZ 4×4 auto.

What do you get in the Hilux 2.8G auto? Quite a range of equipment, actually, starting with an all-new 2.8 litre 1GD-FTV turbodiesel engine that’s smaller than the old 3.0 litre 1KD-FTV, but produces 14 PS and a whopping 107 Nm more, at 177 hp at 3,400 rpm and 450 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm.

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The output is channeled to the driven wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with a differential lock on the rear axle; switchable four-wheel drive with low range is standard on all Hilux variants save for the single cab and double cab 2.4 litre 4X2 manual models. Fuel consumption for the 2.8 litre model is rated at 11.8 km per litre, a stunning 25% improvement over the outgoing 3.0 litre engine.

Inside, the 2.8G 4×4 auto model gets the full complement of features – items such as auto LED projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, 18-inch machine-finish alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, a cooled glovebox, a DVD-AVX infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen and a Camry-style 4.2-inch colour LCD multi-info display feature here.

Toyota Hilux 2.8G 4×4 auto (left), Fortuner 2.7 SRZ (right)

As for the Fortuner, the carryover 2.7 litre 2TR-FE petrol engine on this range-topping variant now receive Dual VVT-i, bumping outputs by 4 PS and 6 Nm to 166 PS at 5,200 rpm and 245 Nm at 4,000 rpm.

The SUV gets a six-speed auto – the SRZ adding paddle shifters behind the leather-wrapped and wood-trimmed steering wheel – and four-wheel drive as standard, and as on the Hilux, low-range is selectable via a rotary knob on the centre console, while differential locking is activated though a push of a button.

Toyota Hilux 2.8G 4×4 auto (left), Fortuner 2.7 SRZ (right)

Externally, the Fortuner SRZ gets bi-LED projector headlamps (Hilux 2.8G gets halogen high beams), LED daytime running lights, chrome door belt mouldings and identical 18-inch wheels from the Hilux. Inside, the top-spec Fortuner is the higher-end of the two, with front and rear automatic air-conditioning, a DVD-AVN navigation system with an eight-inch touchscreen and a rear 12 V power socket.

On the safety front, both the Hilux 2.8G and Fortuner 2.8 SRZ get the full complement of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Active Traction Control (A-TRC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Trailer Sway Control (TSC) and seven airbags, including side and curtain airbags as well as a driver’s knee airbag. Three airbags and ABS with EBD are standard on all models.

While we compile our experience with the Toyota Hilux and Fortuner, enjoy the vast gallery of the duo, below.


GALLERY: Toyota Hilux 2.8G AT
GALLERY: Toyota Fortuner 2.7 SRZ AT