For the Philippines, the most rugged and 'sporty' Hilux model we have is the range-topping Conquest. Toyota Motor Corporation however has recently revealed an even sportier take on their ever-reliable pickup called the Hilux GR Sport. Yes, the same GR (Gazoo Racing), which is also working on the upcoming Supra and other performance-oriented Toyota models.
Revealed at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil, the sportier looking Hilux GR marks the first time the Gazoo Racing name has been applied to a pick-up truck. Often, the GR name plate is reserved for models such as the Yaris, 86, Mark X, and the 5thgeneration Supra. However, Toyota Japan does offer GR Sport appearance kits for the Prius and some of its MPV models.
Back to the Hilux GR Sport, it is also an appearance package with no modifications being made to the engine. Underneath it however, GR did add new and stiffer springs, and fitted new monotube shocks with improved damping.
It is based off the facelifted Hilux, but has been given Gazoo Racing’s trademark black-red-white color scheme. Up front, there’s a new honeycomb grill with a large Toyota logo fitted dead center. To further set it apart, there are matte black fender extensions, a black hood and roof, and GR badging all around. 17-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires complete the GR Sport makeover.
Inside, there are more exclusive Gazoo Racing bits found below the shifter and on the start/stop button. The GR logo is also embroidered onto the headrests and the carpets.
Powering the Hilux GR Sport is still the 2.8-liter 1GD turbodiesel engine producing 177 PS and 450 Nm of torque. It is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission, sending power to all-four wheels when needed.
As of writing, it is uncertain whether the Hilux GR Sport is a model exclusive to the Latin America region or whether it will soon be offered elsewhere in the world. Let’s hope so.