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Toyota HiLux dual-cab outside gets Gazoo Racing performance treatment-but this ‘Sport’ model is more show than go.

Alex Misoyannis

That 2022 Toyota HiLux GR Sport has been announced for Japan as a sportier and driving version of Australia’s best-selling vehicle — although a Australian launch has not yet been confirmed.

Following rumors earlier this year and the debut of a similar HiLux GR Sport in Thailand in August, the new Japanese flagship version of Toyota’s popular outdoor GR Sport wears the moniker, meaning it prioritizes visual enhancements and mild chassis adjustments over significant engine and chassis upgrades. which fits a true Ford Ranger Raptor rival.

A full-bold, high-performance GR HiLux — possibly with twin-turbo petrol or diesel V6 power — is not expected until the launch of the next-generation HiLux, expected in 2025 or 2026.

The headline on the exterior updates for the new 2022 HiLux GR Sport is wider body-colored wheel arches that increase the overall vehicle width by 45mm to 1900mm and joins a new front bumper with more sporty details, shiny and body-colored elements and a new variety grid with ‘TOYOTA’ script corresponding to the new LandCruiser 300 Series GR Sport.

Other exterior upgrades include a black rear bumper, a wide range of GR Sport brands, new black 18-inch alloy wheels and red brake calipers — though only on the front axle, as standard HiLux rear drum brakes are retained for the GR Sport flagship.

Inside, additions include front sports seats with synthetic leather upholstery, GR headrest logos and suede and red upper bolts plus a GR-marked steering wheel with a red 12-hour stripe, GR-specific instrument discs and red contrast stitching for seats, steering wheel and armrests.

There is also a set of aluminum pedals in aluminum, an engine start button with GR mark, GR key ring and despite the fact that there is no extra power under the bonnet, a pair of metallic shift levers.

Mechanical upgrades are limited to a unique suspension tune “that improves steering response and achieves flat and comfortable driving” – which means a turbo-diesel engine, six-speed automatic transmission and selectable four-wheel drive.

While Japanese GR Sport variants will be powered by the same 110kW / 400Nm 2.4-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder as smaller models in their domestic and entry-level HiLux variants in Australia-expect the more potent 150 kW / 500 Nm 2.8-liter engine must be fitted if GR Sport comes to Australia.

Based on the higher Z variant in Japan — roughly equivalent to Australia’s SR5, differences in bar equipment such as 17-inch wheels (compared to Australia’s 18s) -address GR Sport features, including an electrically adjustable driver’s seat (offered in an SR5 + package locally) and leather seat upholstery.

Interestingly, it also includes the 8.0-inch infotainment display standard across all HiLux models in Australia

That 2022 Toyota HiLux GR Sport is for sale now in Japan. Drive has contacted Toyota Australia for information on a local launch of the model – this story will be updated with the brand’s response.

A Toyota Australia spokesman has previously said so Drive: “Toyota Australia is aware of the general strong appetite for performance products in Australia and we would be keen to introduce a performance variant of HiLux to Australia should it become available globally.”

“At this time, however, we have no announcements about whether a HiLux in either GR disguise or [a] The GR Sport variant will be introduced to Australia, but will not rule it out in the future. “

Using Japanese prices as a guide — and the 11 percent difference between HiLux Z and Z GR Sport variants in Japan — GR Sport expects to cost about $ 67,000 before on-road costs, up over $ 60,680 before on-road costs at a double – cabin, tub-hill HiLux SR5 automatic.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and became a regular contributing journalist to the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flipping through car magazines as a youngster, to growing up around performance cars in a car-loving family.

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