The local arm of Toyota has today confirmed that the Hilux GR Sport is confirmed to go on sale in New Zealand.
Benefiting from Toyota Gazoo Racing’s experience in motorsport, the new leader of the Hilux range builds on the renowned durability and rough-road performance of the core model with a Dakar Rally-inspired design, intuitive handling, and a powerful driving performance.
Power and torque from the 2.8-litre engine have been boosted by 10 per cent to 165kW and 550Nm, courtesy of a revised turbo-charger and fuel-injection control.
An automatic limited slip differential and active traction control are among some of the features that add to its off-road capabilities along with various suspension upgrades that benefit on-road handling and comfort.
The Hilux GR Sport has been given a wider track with redesigned wishbones and a reinforced rear axle as well.
In terms of exterior design, the ute has taken a leaf straight out of its Dakar Rally racing sibling, adopting pumped guards with satin black over-fenders and an adapted front end to increase its approach angle.
Inside, the monochromatic black theme is set off with vivid sports pedals and red seatbelts. GR branding is featured inside and out, including on the steering wheel, headrests, red brake calipers, and exterior badges.
Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of New Vehicles, Steve Prangnell, says the Hilux GR Sport is a fantastic addition to Hilux as a halo model, and one that fits into the company’s strategy of offering the widest range of vehicles that meet the needs of Kiwi motorists.
“Hilux has a legendary reputation for toughness and reliability. New Hilux GR Sport will reinforce the unbreakable bond Kiwis have with Hilux as a brand and vehicle,” Prangnell says.
“Inspired by our iconic Dakar Rally race utes, Hilux GR Sport will deliver new levels of driving experience both on and off-road by capturing the spirit of Toyota Gazoo Racing.”
The Toyota Hilux GR Sport is due to arrive in the country by mid-2023.