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Indian Army inducts new mobility vehicles

The Indian Army has inducted first batches of new 4×4 vehicles such as the Toyota Hilux, and Mahindra Scorpio (pictured above). (Mahindra Automotive)

The Indian Army has inducted first batches of new 4×4 vehicles including the Toyota Hilux Mountain off-Road Vehicles (MRVs) and Mahindra Scorpio light utility vehicles (LUVs) to enhance mobility.

The Northern Command of the Indian Army said in a social media post on 19 July that the service has received the first batch of an unknown number of Hiluxs.

“The Hilux, known for its toughness, durability, reliability, and offroading capabilities with its powerful engine and 4×4 drive coupled with enhanced safety features will boost the operational readiness and modernise the fleet of the Indian Army,” the Northern Command said.

According to Toyota, the Hilux is powered by a 2.8 litre, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that generates 204 hp and 420 N m of torque. The MRV is available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.

The Hilux features four-wheel drive as well as a low-range transmission with front and rear electronic differential locks for increased offroad capability. It has a 29° approach angle and a 26° departure angle. The Hilux also features a 700 mm water-wading capacity.

In addition to the Hilux, the Indian Army also inducted the first batch of an unknown number of Scorpios, Mahindra said in a social media post in mid-July.

Mahindra received an order for 1,470 Scorpios from the Indian Army in January. The Scorpio is fitted with a 2.2 litre diesel engine that generates a maximum power of 130 hp and torque of 300 N m, according to Mahindra. The Indian Army has also awarded an order for 1,800 additional Scorpios to Mahindra, the company said.

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