Not satisfied with registering its seventh straight year as Australia’s top-selling vehicle,
Toyota has unveiled the latest, and most powerful, version of its HiLux ute.
The HiLux GR Sport is the latest Toyota to get the Gazoo Racing treatment, joining the
LandCruiser 300, Yaris, Yaris Cross, CH-R, Supra and GR86.
Available exclusively in dual cab format, the new HiLux GR Sport uses an upgraded
version of the standard 2.8-litre turbocharged diesel, but with revised turbo-supercharging
and fuel-injection increasing power from 150 to 165kW and torque from 500 to 550Nm
making it the most powerful diesel HiLux ever offered by Toyota in Australia.
The GR Sport builds on Gazoo Racing’s Dakar rallying experience, with a wider track,
greater approach angle, higher ground clearance, re-tuned suspension and bigger disc
There was input from Toyota Australia engineering which is recognised as a global centre
of excellence for Toyota 4WD vehicles.
Combined with sportier tuning for the automatic transmission and an expanded lock-up
area, the HiLux GR Sport provides added confidence for accelerating and overtaking in all
conditions, enhanced by optimal control through paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
The wider stance gives it a strong, stable and muscular image with prominent satin-black
fenders flares that integrate seamlessly with the bumper.
A strong upright grille with GR mesh maximises the cooling area while exterior body parts
have been sculpted in the wind tunnel for aerodynamic efficiency.
The HiLux GR Sport rides on 17-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres while its off-road
credentials are further reinforced by the addition of a skid plate, rock rails and red rear
Inside, the monochromatic black theme is set off with bright sports pedals and red
There’s GR branding all round, including on the steering wheel, headrests, red brake
callipers, exterior badges – and even embossed into the tub-liner.
Having whetted the appetite of those who are looking to buy a HiLux GR Sport they have a
wait in front of them, with deliveries not expected until the second-half of 2023. Then
again, in these time of stock shortages, that’s not unexpected.