Toyota just can't stop dressing up the new-look Hilux. Toyota Thailand was first and stuck on a lot of chrome along the way. Now it's Japan's turn to trick out the Hilux, and it looks like it just raided Banawe. We mean that in a good way, of course.
So what did Gazoo Racing Japan do to the Hilux? It gets a lot of tough-looking off-road bits such as a skid plate and bumper guard. Then there's the steel sports bar that's bolted straight to the flanks of the bed. For those who want an ever brasher look, GR will even throw in a steel tube step board for good measure.
There are other cosmetic options available too. You have the choice of adding twin-exit exhaust pipes and mud flaps for that rally truck look. Gazoo Racing also gives you the option of installing power retracting step boards, but you won't get the steel tube step board if you go for that.
Gazoo Racing also has a variety of bed cover options available for the Hilux. One of these is the flip-up tonneau cover that sort of acts like a trunk. Another one is the camper shell with various window configurations to suit various needs.
But this is Gazoo Racing we're talking about, so there must be a performance upgrade somewhere, right? There is, but sadly, it's not under the hood. Instead, the performance upgrade is found under the chassis. Gazoo Racing aimed to improve the Hilux's handling by giving it a pair of thicker anti-roll bars. No, it doesn't raise the ride height of the pick-up, but it should steer better if it's installed.
For now, at least, these parts are not available in the country. Of course, it would be nice if Toyota Motor Philippines can bring in some of these goodies locally. If not, well, your friendly Banawe shop might just offer it to you one way or another.