In a surprising turn of events, Toyota has unveiled its latest offering in the highly competitive off-road vehicle market: the Hilux GR Sport II. This new variant, revealed in Europe, promises to be a game-changer, bringing together power, style, and advanced engineering in one formidable package.
Under the hood, the Hilux GR Sport II boasts a trusted 2.8-litre 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine. While its power outputs of 150kW and 500Nm might seem similar to the regular Hilux models available in South Africa, the GR Sport II distinguishes itself with bespoke features. These include a new air curtain structure, a functional fog light bezel, an aero sports bar, and a deck cover. Toyota’s GR engineers have also upgraded the suspension, enhancing the vehicle’s damping with a monotube piston. The Hilux GR Sport II rides on new 17-inch wheels fitted with all-terrain tires, providing improved traction on various surfaces.
|Hilux GR Sport II
|2.8L 4-cylinder turbodiesel
|Upgraded with monotube piston
From an aesthetic perspective, the Hilux GR Sport II stands out with its new bumper design, larger brake discs (expanded from 16 to 17 inches in the front and new 15-inch discs at the rear), and increased approach angle from 29 to 30 degrees. These enhancements, combined with a 20 mm higher ride height, give the Hilux GR Sport II an edge when conquering challenging terrains.
Inside, the Hilux GR Sport II welcomes occupants with a black monochrome theme, accented by vibrant red details. Red seatbelts, paddle shifters, and aluminium sport pedals add a touch of sportiness to the cabin. The seats are a blend of black suede and leather, featuring silver stitching for a premium finish. Technological upgrades include an 8-inch touchscreen display with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ensuring drivers stay connected and entertained on their adventures.
Toyota has also incorporated a hydrographic ornament on the door trim and dashboard, displaying GR details on the information display and instrumentation, reinforcing the vehicle’s performance-oriented identity.
The Hilux GR Sport II arrives at a strategic time, as it faces off against competitors like the recently launched Ford Ranger Wildtrak X. While the power outputs of the Hilux GR Sport II might match those of standard Hilux models in South Africa, its bespoke features and advanced engineering set it apart in a league of its own.
While Toyota South Africa has not yet confirmed the availability of the Hilux GR Sport II in the local market, its European debut is anticipated to make waves. As off-road enthusiasts eagerly await more information, the Hilux GR Sport II stands poised to redefine adventure on both the road and off the beaten track. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting addition to the Toyota Hilux family.