HiLux GR Sport arrives down under

The Toyota HiLux range has expanded with the arrival of its new flagship variant, the all-terrain performance GR Sport. The new model enters local showrooms priced from $73,990 plus on-road costs.

The result of extensive development, including by Australian styling design and engineering evaluation teams, the HiLux GR Sport takes the desirability and capability of the HiLux to new levels.

More than just a series of visual upgrades, the performance enhancements start with an increase in maximum outputs for the venerable 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine, with a 10 per cent boost in power and torque to produce 165kW/550Nm.

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The six-speed automatic transmission has also been recalibrated to optimise the GR Sport’s increased engine outputs, while the new model sports the same track width increase as the Rogue, growing by 135mm at the front and 155mm at the rear.

It has a 15mm increase in ride height, compared with the core HiLux range, with its suspension augmented further with the fitment of special KYB monotube shock absorbers, tuned specifically for the vehicle.

The rear stabiliser bar has been removed, providing increased suspension travel, while Bridgestone Dueler all-terrain tyres enhance the HiLux GR Sport’s on-road stance and off-road performance even further.

Those are wrapped around unique gloss black 17-inch alloy wheels. Importantly, the GR Sport variant maintains the full 3,500kg braked towing capacity, which is supported by a genuine towbar and tow ball, and seven-pin trailer wiring harness.

To support the off-road capability of the new flagship HiLux, the GR Sport is fitted with a Dakar-inspired front skid plate, steel rock rails and a pair of red-painted rear recovery points, all developed locally by the TMCA conversions and accessory team.

The upgraded parts support a series of visual upgrades starting with a unique blacked-out front grille with ‘TOYOTA’ lettering and aerodynamically enhanced wide-track front bumper with a silver lower moulding.

New dark grey over-fenders help house the increased wheel track, while black badging, door handles and exterior mirrors contribute to the GR Sport’s dynamic look. The four-wheel ventilated disc brakes are also painted in a stylish red finish with GR logos.

Upgrades continue inside the cabin with seats upholstered in a blend of leather-accented and perforated suede trim, with silver accents for the perforated suede and grey stitching. Red seatbelts provide sporty accents in line with the GR design theme.

The steering wheel features a leather-accented wrap with red centre mark, GR logo and paddle shifters, with a unique visual treatment also applied to the shift lever. Aluminium pedals complement the new ‘Technical Mesh’ trim.

The audio experience is improved with a nine-speaker JBL premium audio system, alongside the same safety tech found in the aforementioned Rogue. The 2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport comes with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

This is extended to seven years on engine and driveline, with capped-price servicing for the first three years/60,000km (whichever comes first). The HiLux GR Sport will be offered with Glacier White, Frosted White, and Silver Sky (Stunning Silver from late 2023).

Eclipse Black and Feverish Red are also available with Glacier White, Frosted White and Feverish Red able to be paired with a two-tone black roof. To find out more, contact your local Toyota dealer. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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