Those growing up playing with cars or trucks may have heard, or even played with the black and yellow liveried Tonka trucks. This year, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the world renowned toy truck maker, Toyota, which is also celebrating their 80th anniversary, has built a real life Tonka truck based off the Hilux.
Dubbed the Hilux Tonka concept, the pickup is based off the standard double-cab Hilux offered in most countries, including the Philippines, but features a wide array of off-road upgrades and more importantly a black and yellow livery. Toyota's product design chief Nicolas Hogios says that he Tonka concept is set to capture the imagination of kids and adult, alike.
“Inspired by the Tonka trucks that kids play with in their backyards, the Hilux Tonka Concept goes way beyond the already hugely capable abilities of Hilux to traverse rocks and other rugged terrain,” said Hogios.
To allow the Tonka concept to go off-road better, the ride height has been increased by 150mm courtesy of a high-riding axle, heavy duty suspension and new 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 35 inch off-road tires. Meanwhile, a 6mm thick bashplate protects the truck's vital components underneath. The bumper and hood has also been changed, while the fenders have been widened to give the truck a more tough and rugged look.
LED light-bars have also been incorporated into the front bumper and the roof rail to provide enhanced vision in poor lighting conditions. Meanwhile, tubular side rails also provide extra protection to the body and chassis. At the back, the tailgate has also been redesigned and the tub features a removable tubular frame which secures vital off-roading equipment.
Underneath the hood, the same 2.8-liter four cylinder turbo-diesel engine, which produces 176 PS and 450 Nm of torque, found on the standard Hilux is used.
Unfortunately the Hilux Tonka concept will not head into production as it will strictly be a working concept. It does allow fans both young and young at heart to relive their childhood of playing with Tonka trucks.