Toyota may release “charged” pickup GR Hilux

Toyota may release “charged” pickup GR Hilux

February 28, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The Japanese company is developing a high-performance version of the popular pickup truck.

Last summer, a Japanese company applied for a new trademark, and recently, on February 18, 2020, Australia’s intellectual property granted the request. At the same time, experts do not exclude that the brand’s new product can become a completely exclusive model.

So, Australia now has the GR Hilux trademark. This may indicate that the Japanese company is developing a high-performance version of the popular pickup truck, which will receive some elements from the rally version of the Dakar.

“There are definitely no plans to implement GR Hilux at this stage, but, as always, this is something we definitely cannot rule out in the future, especially because of the high level of local interest in high-performance computers,” said Toyota Gazoo Racing head Shigeki Tomoyama.

There is no information on when the new GR Hilux will appear. However, the next-generation model is expected to arrive in 2023. In addition, there are rumors that Toyota will unite the platform for Hilux and Tacoma.

In some markets there is already a limited edition Hilux GR Sport series, although it is more likely in the configuration. Gazoo Racing adds a black grille and hood to the pickup, as well as a red fog lamp trim and black 17-inch wheels with a polished rim. Inside, it should be noted leather upholstery with red stitching.

Such a pickup is driven by a 2.8-liter turbodiesel with a capacity of 177 horsepower and 450 Newton meters of torque, a pair of which is a six-speed automatic transmission with a low-range transfer case and a locking differential. The company is also upgrading the suspension.