New GR Sport trim level adds more aggressive looks and sportier interior trim to utilitarian Toyota Hilux truck
A new GR Sport trim level will sit at the top of the Toyota Hilux pick-up truck range when it arrives in the UK in summer this year, bringing sharper looks, sportier interior trim and some mechanical modifications.
Inspired by the Japanese firm’s Gazoo Racing division, which helped develop the GR Yaris hot hatch and GR Supra sports car, the Hilux GR Sport has been “designed to capture the attention of customers whose active lifestyles go well beyond the everyday, giving them an ideal vehicle for adventurous journeys and sporting pursuits”, according to Toyota.
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As a result the brand’s engineers have modified the pick-up’s suspension, and are claiming a more rewarding driving experience with increased control, responsiveness and grip. These tweaks include new, stiffer front coil springs that are damped by new red-painted monotube dampers. This monotube tech results in a larger piston area inside the damper body, meaning the suspension offers faster responses, better heat dissipation and improved performance.
This should result in a more comfortable and controlled ride for occupants, while Toyota also claims that the truck’s handling and steering response has been improved significantly. The suspension adjustments to the GR Sport model combine with the changes applied to the updated Hilux, which include retuned rear leaf springs and new bushes.
Hilux GR Sport models are distinguished from the rest of the line-up by a new black mesh grille that features a central horizontal bar bearing the Toyota name. Larger fog light surrounds also feature, along with machined 17-inch alloy wheels with a black finish wrapped in all-terrain tyres. Black detailing extends to the door mirrors, side steps, wheel arch extensions and tailgate handle, while subtle GR Sport badging also features.
Inside, the Hilux GR Sport boasts sports seats trimmed in a mix of black leather and synthetic suede with red contrast stitching, while GR badges on the starter button, seat backs and carpet mats all feature, as well as carbon fibre-style trim inserts and a red stripe in the dash. The Hilux also gets aluminium sports paddles and paddle shifters to take manual control of the automatic gearbox.
The Hilux GR Sport is powered by a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine producing 201bhp and 500Nm of torque and sends its output to all four wheels through a six-seed auto transmission.
Available only as a double cab model, the Hilux GR Sport offers a payload capacity of 1,000kg and can tow a 3,500kg trailer.
Pricing for Toyota’s new Hilux GR Sport commercial vehicle starts from £37,551 excluding VAT; the standard on-the-road price is £44,995. Order books open later this month ahead of deliveries commencing in summer.
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