Toyota Europe has quite recently declared the Hilux GR Sport, the new flagship variant of the pickup inspired by its Dakar Rally partner, highlighting design and suspension updates. Eminently, the EU-spec Hilux GR Sport is different from the JDM-spec model bearing a similar name, and from the Hilux Revo, GR Sport was divulged last year in Thailand.
Toyota has uncovered a “rally-inspired” version of its HiLux ute with sporty additions propelled by desert racing. To be sold in Europe as the Toyota HiLux GR Sport, the new model represents a cosmetic update over its dual-cab ute.
The Toyota Hilux is one of the legends of the Dakar Rally and a past outright winner of the world’s hardest race. The achievement TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has accomplished in this outrageous competition has inspired the production of the Hilux GR SPORT, the new apex of the Hilux pick-up range.
The Hilux GR SPORT is intended to catch the consideration of clients whose active lifestyles are in a good way beyond every day, giving them an optimal vehicle for adventurous journeys and sporting pursuits. Toyota has acquainted dedicated suspension upgrades with delivering a significantly really remunerating driving experience, with increased control, responsiveness and grip feel. A series of exclusive exterior and interior design features support the vehicle’s allure.
Beginning with the exterior, the Hilux GR Sport is visually recognized by an updated front bumper featuring a colossal honeycomb grille with Toyota lettering, a G-pattern mesh, and a glossy black surround. The front end additionally profits by taller decorative intakes joining the fog lights, in addition to a body-colored skid plate. Other than that, the flagship trim gets the LED headlights from the higher trims of the facelifted Hilux that was divulged in 2020.
Closer in nature to the sharp-looking yet in no way, shape or form overpowered Toyota C-HR GR Sport than the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Toyota GR Yaris, the HiLux gets new looks, modified suspension, and an upgraded interior.
The car’s 2.8-liter, 150kW super diesel engine remains unchanged. In any case, firmer springs and beefed-up shock absorbers guarantee further developed accuracy on the road.
Design changes incorporate a new grille with a comparable look to the new GR Sport LandCruiser, alongside black body elements, red suspension springs, and 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires.
On the inside, leather and faux suede sports seats join carbon-look trim with red accents, metal pedals, and shift paddles for the six-speed automatic transmission.
On the profile, the 17-inch alloy wheels shod in all-terrain tires feature black and machined finish and are combined with plastic fender extensions, black mirror caps, and side-steps. GR Sport identifications have been added on the grille, front doors, and tailgate rounding up the changes.
Inside, Toyota added a pair of GR Sport-branded sports seats upholstered in black leather and synthetic suede highlighting red perforations and stitching. The GR Sport emblem is likewise present on the carpet, the start-stop button, and as a welcoming graphic on the screen. Last but not least there are faux carbon-fiber inserts, aluminum sports pedals, a red line on the dashboard, and – abnormally blue illumination on the door panels.
GR Sport logos inside and out complete the package. The GR SPORT additionally profits from the huge advances previously presented in the new Hilux, delivering the best driving experience yet. Its world-famous “go anywhere” off-road capabilities have reached new heights, supported by an automatic limited-slip differential and Active Traction Control. Simultaneously, model handling and solace in on-road driving has been gotten with suspension updates and noise and vibration countermeasures.
The car’s release is planned to match with the Dakar Rally event challenged by Toyota crews in HiLux machinery. The GR Sport is affirmed for a European debut this year, however, there’s no information yet concerning whether it will be sold in Australia.
The brand has been connected to a high-performance ute equaling Ford’s Ranger Raptor, however this isn’t that car.
Toyota Australia has offered TRD-badged HiLux models previously, and still sells HiLux Rugged and Rogue models that aren’t accessible in Europe.
The HiLux GR Sport could make for a packed ute range yet would fit pleasantly with the most recent LandCruiser GR Sport four-wheel-drive.
A local representative for the brand said it knows about the new model.
“Toyota Australia is continually looking at opportunities to expand the Toyota GR range with more exciting models,” he said.
“However, at this stage, we have no announcements to make.”
The EU-Spec Toyota Hilux GR Sport is relied upon to reach European dealers in summer 2022. Pricing will be reported nearer to the launch. The Hilux GR Sport will go on sale in Europe this summer, albeit the firm still can’t seem to affirm in the event that the UK will receive it.