It looks like it's going to be a busy September for automakers. Nissan already greeted the 'ber' months with the launch of the 2022 Terra. Then come September 22, Isuzu will officially reveal the all-new mu-X for the Philippines.
Not to be outdone by the other automakers, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) also appears to be cooking up something for September. But what exactly could they be?
According to an anonymous source, TMP is gearing up to launch the GR Sport versions of the Hilux and Fortuner. Yes the dressed-up variants of Toyota's popular SUV and pick-up truck are on their way here.
Starting with the pick-up truck, the Hilux GR Sport will be based on the top-spec Conquest and will feature a blacked-out grille with bold 'TOYOTA' lettering and GR badge. It will also get unique front/rear bumpers with GR decoration, body-color painted wheel arches, 18-inch GR Sport wheels, and special body stickers.
The cabin of the pick-up could come finished in red and black and will likely come with suede-leather seats. There's also a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a rally-style center marker. Other key changes could include the GR Sport seats, GR-inspired multi-info display, aluminum sport pedals, and a GR engine start/stop button.
While we know the Hilux GR Sport will come from Thailand, where will the Fortuner GR Sport be sourced? Remember, there are two versions of the dressed-up Fortuner; one in Indonesia and one in Thailand.
Based on what our contact shared with us, it's highly likely that we might get the one made in Indonesia. This doesn't come as a surprise since TMP does get its Fortuners from Indonesia, not Thailand. Should this be true, then the PH-spec Fortuner GR Sport might only get a limited number of exterior/interior upgrades.
With TMP planning to launch both GR Sport models soon, we can expect more GR Sport versions to arrive in the future. We won't be surprised if Toyota is now busy making a sportier version of the Innova.