If you're in the market for a sportier-looking Hilux, Toyota does offer the GR Sport variant in Thailand. According to an industry insider, Toyota Motor Philippines will also introduce the Hilux GR Sport together with the Fortuner GR Sport in the country very soon. But it seems the Philippines and Thailand won't be the only countries to get the Hilux GR Sport. Toyota has recently revealed the new Japan-spec Hilux GR Sport, and it looks a bit different from the Thai-spec model.
Before we talk about the differences between the JDM and the Thai-spec Hilux GR Sport, let's talk about what they have in common. For starters, both models adopt the sportier grille with the TOYOTA script in place of the standard logo. They both have body-color fender extensions as well, giving the pickup a cleaner look. The 18-inch six-split spoke wheels appear to be the same for both models too.
The biggest exterior difference would be the front bumper of the two pickup trucks. While the Thai-spec Hilux GR Sport comes with larger black fog light surrounds, the one on the JDM model is similar to what you'd find on the standard Hilux Conquest. There's also a noticeable lack of stickers and no sports bar on the Japan-spec model.
Step inside the Japan-spec Hilux GR Sport, and it's very much the same as the Thai-spec pickup truck. There are sports seats lined with leather and GR logos embroidered on the headrests. Other GR-branded bits include a steering wheel, start/stop button, gauge cluster, and aluminum pedals.
While the JDM model may lack a few aesthetic features, it does make up for it with a tuned suspension. Toyota says the Hilux GR Sport comes with a dedicated suspension that improves steering response and offers more comfortable driving.
What do you think of the JDM-spec Hilux GR Sport? Does it interest you more than the Thai-spec model? Let us know what you think in the comments below.