Australia’s most powerful diesel HiLux ever is a head turner

By Jessica Palmer 4 Min Read
Toyota HiLux GR Sport © Toyota

Australia’s best-selling vehicle just levelled it up with the world premiere of the Toyota HiLux GR Sport. Previous versions have been available in South Africa, Asia and Europe but this will be the first time for Australia. 

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Did I mention it’s set to be the most powerful diesel HiLux ever offered in Australia? Courtesy of revised turbo-supercharging and fuel-injection control, specs from the 2.8-litre engine have been boosted by 10% to provide 165kW of power and 500Nm of torque. This sporty off-roader also now boasts more power, wider tracks, tuned suspension and bigger disc brakes. 

Toyota Australia Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Franchise Operations, Sean Hanley said the new halo model will reinforce the unbreakable bond Australians have with HiLux. “HiLux GR Sport draws on the spirit of Toyota’s Dakar success as a hardcore 4WD that will appeal to customers seeking the quintessential off-road version of Australia’s best-selling vehicle,” he said.

Toyota HiLux GR Sport
Toyota HiLux GR Sport © Hilux

Here’s what we know

Building on the renowned durability of the core model with a Dakar-inspired design, the new halo variant of the HiLux features sportier tuning for added confidence when accelerating and overtaking, regardless of the conditions. This model also gains paddle shifters on the steering wheel for those who want more control.

The set-up was designed for drivers to enjoy the adrenaline kick of a sporty vehicle without compromising on comfort. Expect wider tracks (extended 140mm front and 155mm rear), redesigned wishbones, reinforced rear axle, dedicated monotube shocks, stiffer coil springs and an optimal front-rear suspension balance. 

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The new Toyota HiLux GR Sport is a head turner

“It has been designed to turn heads with aggressive in-your-face styling…” Hanley said. The wider stance of the new HiLux GR Sport looks tough with satin-black over-fenders that give a nod to its Dakar roots. Available exclusively as a double-cab, higher ground clearance and an increased approach angle reinforce its ‘go-anywhere’ capabilities. 

Toyota HiLux GR Sport
Toyota HiLux GR Sport © Toyota

Toyota says the bold new front end was designed in the wind tunnel for aerodynamic efficiency but regardless, the strong upright grill, no doubt designed for maximum cooling, looks damn good. 

This new model rides on 17-inch alloys with all-terrain tyres. Off-road cred is further reinforced by red rear recovery points, a skid plate and rock rails. 

What about the inside?

Well, the inside of the HiLux GR Sport looks damn good too. A monochromatic black theme contrasts with red seatbelts, sports pedals and splashes of red in the GR branding on the steering wheel, brake callipers, headrests and exterior badges. You’ll even find GR embossed in the tub liner.

Toyota HiLux GR Sport
Toyota HiLux GR Sport © Toyota

Prelim specs for the HiLux GR Sport*

  • Length: 5320mm
  • Width: 2020mm
  • Height: 1880mm
  • Wheelbase: 3085mm
  • Tracks: 1675mm (front) & 1705mm (rear)
  • Approach angle: 30 degrees
  • Departure angle: 26 degrees
  • Cylinders: four in-line
  • Bore x stroke: 92mm x 103.6mm
  • Displacement: 2755 cm3
  • Max. output: 165kW / 3000rpm
  • Max. torque: 550Nm/2800rpm
  • Brakes front: Ventilated discs with 4-cylinder fixed calliper
  • Brakes rear: Ventilated discs with 1-cyclinder floating calliper

* These specs are based on the pre-production model and are subject to final confirmation by Toyota Australia.

When will we see the new Toyota HiLux GR Sport in Australia?

We can expect to see the new Toyota HiLux GR Sport in Australia during the second half of 2023.


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