Toyota Hilux is a small pickup truck made by Toyota that is sold in numerous markets around the globe. The 2022 Toyota Hilux GR Sport is the off-road variant that will be arrive in Australia, at least in the beginning. The moniker was first used in 1968 and has remained popular to this day. The truck is now in its eighth generation and the latest redesign happened three years ago.
The next-generation Hilux is scheduled to arrive in 2023. The GR Sport version of Toyota’s best-selling Hilux will be unveiled in Japan in October 2021, with tuning from Toyota’s Gazoo Racing performance division expected to “greatly boost” its off-road capability. And while Toyota plans to introduce various improvements, engine specs won’t change at all.
2022 Hilux GR Sport Looks Handsome
A variety of styling tweaks distinguish the GR Sport from other Hilux models. The upcoming 2022 Toyota Hilux GR Sport will introduce a GR-branded front grille and body-colored wheel-arch flares. You can easily spot a lot of Toyota badges all around the truck.
The GR Sport variant rides on a styling 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires (with a 30.5-inch diameter). A retuned “football suspension” will also be in use, so Hilux GR Sport will deliver a lot of visual and mechanical upgrades.
Interior Features and Updates
The interior of the 2022 Toyota Hilux GR Sport will also provide various adjustments. For a start, the power-adjustable driver’s seat, a 360-degree camera, and GR-specific tweaks are on offer. Moreover, handbrake boots, new air vents, special shifter, metallic pedals are also available.
A complete set of active safety aids, including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, traffic-sign detection, and driver attention tracking, will be standard.
Potent V8 Diesel Engine Specs
The 2022 Toyota Hilux GR Sport will borrow a V8 diesel engine from the Land Cruiser 200 Series. This engine produces 268 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. According to the source, new V6 would either outperform or at least equal these numbers.
This would be a major upgrade over the Hilux’s new 2.8-liter diesel engine, which produces 174 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Toyota successfully trademarked the ‘GR Hilux’ name in Australia earlier in February 2020. So, this is the next big thing in truck news, and the complete story makes perfect sense.
2022 Toyota Hilux GR Sport Price, Release Date
The forthcoming 2022 Toyota Hilux GR Sport will go on sale in Japan in October 2021. After that, Toyota will sell this impressive truck in other continents, but not in North America. The price will start at above $30,000. The manufacturer is yet to unveil more details about this sporty GR Sport variant. The next-generation Hilux will appear in 2023, but the GR badge will be available on the current-generation Hilux.
Hilux model is incredibly popular in Australia. Down Under, Ranger Raptor is another iconic pickup truck. Because of that, it will be interesting to see new Hilux GR Sport competing against legendary name such as Ford Ranger.