Popular dual-cab ute gets sporty livery, suspension tweaks, and equipment enhancements for South America.
Toyota has used the São Paulo motor show in Brazil to reveal the HiLux GR Sport, a sport-themed version of its top-selling ute featuring various enhancements from the company’s Gazoo Racing performance division.
Before you ask, it’s not a Ranger Raptor rival. The HiLux GR Sport is more or less a visual and equipment package rather than a standalone performance variant – much like the dark-themed Rogue available locally.
The HiLux GR Sport is based on the flagship SRX variant available in South America, adding stiffer front springs, monotube dampers, Gazoo Racing exterior graphics, a new honeycomb grille insert with ‘Toyota’ badging, matte black wheel arch extensions, a black bonnet and roof, side steps, 17-inch alloys with all-terrain tyres, and GR badging.
Inside, there’s GR-branded bits for the starter button, carpet mats, and embroidered headrests. There’s also white instrument illumination and a numbered plaque below the gearshift.
Power continues to come from the same 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel as high-spec versions of the standard model, making 130kW of power and 450Nm of torque. The GR Sport is solely available with a six-speed automatic and four-wheel drive in Latin America.
The HiLux GR Sport will be built, at least initially, at Toyota’s Zarate plant in Argentina.
CarAdvice has contacted Toyota’s local division regarding Australian availability of a GR Sport-like variant of the HiLux, and is awaiting a response.
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