Toyota has unveiled the new Hilux GR Sport II for international markets which according to the Japanese automaker will reach dealerships in 2024. The second iteration of the GR Sport variant includes a number of improvements inside & out as well as under the skin.
Building on its multiple Dakar Rally-winning heritage, the Hilux GR Sport II delivers a powerful combination of enhanced handling and stability, with best-in-class 3,500 kg towing and 1,000 kg payload capacity. It also features an increase in tread, the lateral distance between the wheels, which is expanded by 140 mm at the front and 155 mm at the rear compared to the standard Toyota Hilux. This makes for a confident ride even in challenging weather or driving circumstances.
The vehicle stability has also been increased through reduced roll angle and a precise steering response. The Hilux GR Sport II also gets reduced vibration & noise cancellation, while the suspension and brakes have been specifically enhanced for a stable and more comfortable ride.
Under the hood, the engine is retained in the form of a 2.8L turbodiesel unit that delivers 204 hp of power and 500 Nm of torque and is matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
In terms of exterior styling, the Hilux GR Sport II distinguishes itself from regular Hilux variants thanks to a variety of exterior design details, such as the black G mesh front grille, black sidestep, mirrors, and door handles. Silver-coloured protective front underguard, black rear bumper, and distinctive GR SPORT logos compliment the revised appearance. Other than this, it gets red coil springs and colored monotube suspension, bold black over-fenders, and light-weight 17-inch black alloy wheels.
Inside, the sporty red accents accompany an all-black-themed interior. GR-badged black suede and leather sport seats, with silver stitching and perforation, along with the red seatbelts elevate the interior appearance. The cabin also gets a new hydrographic ornament on the door trim and dashboard, which also features GR details on the information display and instrumentation. The Hilux GR Sport II also comes fitted with the latest Toyota Smart Connect multimedia system operated using an 8-inch touchscreen display.
Other technical improvements include new monotube suspension, bigger 17-inch front discs, and new 15-inch rear discs for more powerful and efficient braking, functional design strengthened by enhanced approach angle and greater ground clearance, and optimal front and rear suspension balance for a smoother, more stable ride.
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