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2023 Toyota Hilux GR Sport Revealed! – Dubai Car News

Toyota has detailed a new 2023 HiLux GR Sport halo model, and it’s a very different animal to the examples trading under the same name in South Africa, Thailand and Japan.

The new model becomes the third GR Sport HiLux permutation to emerge, and will take over from the Australian-developed Rugged X as our HiLux flagship for an Australian release in the second half of 2023.

With its 15kW power and 50Nm torque bumps, rally-inspired widebody design, 155mm wide rear track and retuned suspension, it’s the most serious production HiLux ever.

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Competing with the Nissan Navara Pro-4X Warrior and Ford Ranger Raptor, we expect the HiLux GR Sport to start around $75-80K.

“[HiLux GR Sport] It’s designed to turn with an aggressive in-your-face attitude that promotes healthy performance, enhanced high-speed handling and even better grip on rough roads,” Vice President Sales , Marketing and Franchise Operations, said Sean Henley. The wheels

“Thanks to the extensive involvement of our local designers and engineers, the HiLux GR Sport is a fun vehicle that will bring new capabilities and excitement to Australian consumers’ adventure lifestyles.”

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The HiLux GR Sport gets more power.

The latest installment of the GR brand, the HiLux GR Sport is a new take on the naming convention.

Thankfully, the HiLux GR Sport goes beyond the mild visual changes made to the Yaris Cross and C-HR GR Sport trims, but without the heavy re-engineering of the full GR versions of the Yaris and Corolla.

Under the bonnet is the familiar 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder 165kW of power at 3000rpm and 550Nm of torque at 2800rpm. – An increase of 15kW and 50Nm over a normal ‘Lux’.

The six-speed automatic transmission has been retuned with the addition of stronger torque converter lockup, sportier calibration, and paddle shifters. The Hilux retains its selectable 4WD system with a low-range transfer case and a locking rear differential.

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Wide track and high capacity

To increase its off-road prowess, Toyota has made the GR Sport’s front track 140 mm wider and the rear track 155 mm wider than the regular Hilux.

That means redesigned suspension wishbones and a heavy-duty rear axle are needed. The Hilux GR Sport also gets satin black over fenders to cover the new ones. 17 inch alloy wheels shod in 265/65 R17 Bridgestone Dueler all-terrain tires.

Keeping the rubber in contact with the terrain are new monotube dampers with more rebound and compression control, as well as better heat management, as well as stiffer front coil springs. These changes should add off-road support while sharpening handling on the black stuff.

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Measuring 1880 mm tallThe HiLux GR Sport sits just 10mm higher than a Rogue, although Toyota doesn’t claim ride height from the springs.

The GR HiLux boasts a 30-degree approach angle and 26-degree departure angle thanks to re-profiled front and rear bumpers. There is also a skid plate under the engine, rock sliders and red recovery points for better off-road protection.

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GR HiLux – a unique design

With considerable input from Australia – where the HiLux is our best-selling vehicle – the GR HiLux’s more rigid stance appears to be at the heart of its wider stance. Inspired by Dakar, the brand says, it started with plenty of black detailing around the car.

Toyota says the front bumper design is motorsport inspired and is said to improve the approach angle of the Hilux. There’s a black mesh grille with a bold ‘Toyota’ script set in it, and naturally red brake calipers. Toyota visited the wind tunnel to evaluate any visual changes before signing off.

Inside is a familiar 8.0 inch touch screenand the GR HiLux is fitted like the SR5 but with some key differences.

Notably, red ‘Dead-Ed’ markers on the leather-appointed steering wheel, suede cloth-centred seats, red seat belts, GR branding on the headrest and in the tub liner.

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GR HiLux Price and Availability

Toyota has said the GR HiLux is likely to hit Australian showrooms in the second half of the year (after July 1), but exact dates are yet to be confirmed.

Similarly, the pricing of the GR HiLux is still unknown. With the current Rugged X priced at $70,750 before on-road costs, expect the GR Sport to fetch even more cash given its added performance.

We expect a price around $75-80K before on-road costs, placing the GR Sport slightly above Nissan’s Navara Pro-4X Warrior ($70,015), but below Ford’s Ranger Raptor ($85,490).

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GR HiLux Specifications

Length (mm) 5320
Width (mm) 2020
Height (mm) 1880
Wheelbase (mm) 3085
Tracks Front (mm) 1675
Back (mm) 1705
Angle of View (degrees) 30
Angle of departure (degrees) 26
Engine model code 1GD-FTV (Hi)
Number of Cyls and Arrangements 4 cylinder, inline
Valve mechanism DOHC 16-valve
Bore x Stroke (mm) 92 x 103.6
Displacement (cm3) 2755
Type of fuel Diesel
Maximum output (kW) 165
(rpm) 3000
Maximum torque (Nm) 550
(rpm) 2800
Brake The front one 4 cylinder ventilated discs with fixed calipers
behind 1 cylinder ventilated discs with floating calipers

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