2022 Toyota Hilux GR Sport benefits from years of Dakar racing

It’s a step towards Raptor territory

Toyota’s famously robust Hilux pickup has actually contended in the Dakar Rally countless times over the years. The street truck and also the race vehicle have generally stayed on contrary ends of the very same range, yet their courses are crossing with the launch of the Hilux GR Sporting Activity.

While it’s not a choice to the Ford Ranger Raptor offered overseas, the most recent enhancement to the Japanese company’s vehicle range is an action in the ideal instructions. It attracts attention from other participants of the Hilux variety with a specific suspension system that includes monotube shock absorbers as well as stronger front springtimes. Toyota tells us that the GR Sporting activity consequently takes care of and steers better than the common Hilux.

The upgraded suspension components are repainted red to additional set apart the GR Sporting activity and also the Hilux. Car-spotters will certainly likewise see a black grille with a new-look mesh insert and “TOYOTA” lettering, black outside trim, particular symbols, and 17-inch wheels. Inside, the front guests rest on nicely-bolstered sporting activity seats upholstered in a mix of leather and also synthetic suede, as well as Toyota added change paddles along with aluminum pedal caps. Red stitching and carbon fiber-look trim items include a completing touch to the rally-inspired design.

We’ve involved expect excellent points from Toyota’s Gazoo Competing division (it transformed the modest Yaris right into a rally monster, nevertheless) yet it made no mechanical modifications to the Hilux that births its name. Power originates from a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine ranked at 204 horsepower as well as 369 pound-feet of torque; it’s an engine that was contributed to the line-up in 2020. Permanent four-wheel-drive comes criterion, but Toyota didn’t point out if the GR Sport will exclusively be offered with a six-speed automatic or if a six-speed stick will be available as well.

Toyota dealerships across Europe will certainly start getting the Hilux GR Sporting activity in summer season 2022. Rates details hasn’t been announced yet, and it will likely differ from country to nation. Certainly, absolutely nothing recommends the vehicle will certainly be offered in America, where Toyota guides customers out there for a midsize vehicle to the Tacoma. It seems like the GR Sporting activity was established mainly for the European market, but it’s not the first Hilux tuned by Gazoo Racing. In 2021, the “GR” initials appeared over and reduced versions of the Hilux developed for purchasers in Thailand.