As Toyota’s performance arm, Gazoo Racing, gathers momentum, a high-performance Hilux is believed to be on the cards and it’s expected to be formidable...
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We recently reported that a facelifted Hilux bakkie is expected in coming months which will see not only cosmetic and infotainment updates but also welcome engine power increases, which is great news for local bakkie enthusiasts.
However, our attention now shifts to the development of a high-performance GR Hilux which is very exciting indeed. We know that the GR Hilux nameplate was trademarked in Australia back in February indicating an intention for a beefed-up Hilux which will take on the likes of the Ford Ranger Raptor and Isuzu D-Max Arctic AT 35.
The GR Hilux will undoubtedly feature a significantly beefed up appearance to differentiate itself from the standard Hilux. It’s also likely to be equipped with an uprated suspension system, improved brakes and an enhanced chassis, all combining to ensure notable offroad performance.
But what about the engine? Previously we speculated about the possibility of a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine, the same that does duty in the Dakar Hilux and Lexus RC F which could offer as much as 335 kW and 600 Nm. However, a more realistic bet would be the iconic 4.0-litre V6 engine which offers 175 kW and 375 Nm or even an uprated version of the current 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine.
Reports indicate that Toyota wants its GR Hilux to be diesel-powered, which nullifies both the V8 and V6 petrol options above. Interestingly though, a newly published report from Cars Guide magazine in Australia points to the possibility of an all-new V6 diesel powerplant that could very well make its way into the GR Hilux.
This powerful new V6 diesel is expected to appear in the new Land Cruiser 300 and may very well offer more than the 195 kW and 650 Nm currently offered by the current Land Cruiser 200’s 4.5-litre V8 engine. If that turns out to be true, well, then that would be mighty fine!
If you consider that the Ranger Raptor offers 157 kW and 500 Nm from its 2.0-litre twin-turbodiesel engine, then a V6-powered GR Hilux is certainly a tantalising proposition.
As always, we will keep you updated as more information on the Toyota GR Hilux becomes available. Stay tuned!