In the latest news report, Punjab Police makes the Toyota Hilux a part of its fleet. Various Police departments across India use various potent vehicles to make their fleet strong and practical. Hilux is the pickup truck iteration of the highly popular Fortuner in our market. It competes directly with the only other successful product in this segment, the Isuzu V-Cross. Leveraging the Toyota brand reputation, it is renowned for its reliability and exceptional off-roading capabilities. Interestingly, it shares numerous elements with its 7-seater sibling. Let’s delve into the specifics of this recent development.
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Punjab Police Inducts Toyota Hilux
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann inaugurated the Sadak Surakhya Force (SSF) during an event hosted at the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) headquarters in Jalandhar on Saturday, marking the establishment of the country’s inaugural force of this nature. The force is composed of 129 vehicles, prominently featuring 116 advanced Toyota Hilux vehicles equipped with cutting-edge gadgets. These vehicles are seamlessly connected to nearby trauma centers, facilitating prompt assistance to accident victims. During the SSF launch, CM Mann highlighted the initiative’s objective: deploying SSF teams at 30-kilometer intervals to aid accident victims.
The teams aim to ensure that victims receive medical attention within a crucial 15-minute timeframe, emphasizing the force’s commitment to swift and effective response in case of accidents. Olympian and former hockey player Gagan Ajit Singh, who has been designated as the SSF chief, said, “It will be a 1,600-strong force and there would be shift-wise duties spanning eight hours.” (Photo Credit: Punjab Police)Additional Director General of Police A S Rai, in his address, described the 15-minute help window as “platinum minutes”, as compared to the “golden hour” generally thought to be crucial in saving the life of accident victims.
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The Hilux utilizes a shared 2.8-litre diesel engine, producing 201 hp and 420 Nm of torque (or 500 Nm with automatic transmission) for both peak power and torque. The vehicle pairs with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. All Hilux models come standard with 4-wheel drive, and in contrast to the Fortuner, there is no petrol engine option available. The initial price for the Hilux stands at Rs 30.40 lakh, with the range extending up to Rs 37.90 lakh, ex-showroom.
|420 Nm (500 Nm with automatic transmission)
|6MT / 6AT
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Various Police forces are using modern vehicles in their fleets. We have seen cars like the Mahindra XUV700, Mahindra Bolero Neo, Tata Nexon EV, Hyundai Creta, etc. as Police cars. This is a clear indication that even our Police forces are constantly upgrading their vehicles. This is necessary to keep up with the latest trends in the automobile industry. As a result, they are leveraging the advantages and features of modern cars. For now, the Hilux in Punjab police’s lineup is the latest case in point. Going forward, let us keep an eye out for more such instances.
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