Hilux GR-S

Among these are the snazzy Gazoo Racing-Sport exterior and interior bits, and the familiar parts of Toyota‘s popular pickup. Given the latter, that means the Hilux GR-S, like the rest of its ilk, come with solid build quality inside and out, as well as the 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel mill driving all four wheels.

So, taking into account the unmodified engine and six-speed automatic transmission, the driving experience of the Hilux GR-S can be described as decent, if not spectacular, as with its lower-spec counterparts. The engine allowed for brisk progress while keeping fuel consumption at a minimum, and the gearbox seamlessly swapped one gear for the next.

Exterior & Interior Features

The Toyota Hilux now comes with a tougher exterior that exudes a powerful presence on and off the road. Whatever road you take, whatever obstacles you face, you’re safely in control of your journey with the Toyota Hilux.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate how interior of the Toyota Hilux GR Sport really sets it apart from the standard pick-ups on the street. The beauty of the interior design is not simply in the finishing touches, but how every detail was well thought of, all the way to the tasteful placement of the GR branding across the cabin.
Make no mistake of how massive a pick-up the Hilux GR Sport still is. To climb into the cabin meant making full use of the side steps and grabbing the door-side handles securely. This makes the Hilux still a challenge for most average to below-average sized individuals who may not be keen to exerting arm and leg strength just to get in and out of a vehicle. Once you’re in, however, settling in is a no-brainer. Both driver and passenger enjoy 8-way power adjust seats, while the cabin features dual-zone climate control, and paddle shifters.
For exterior, at a glance, the entire dashboard looks very much like those that you would expect from a top-tier variant. The leather details, complemented with the signature GR red stitching are impeccable. Add to that is a touch of modernity from the black gloss of the infotainment display at the center of the console.
Secondly, this premium finish is carried over to the leather and suede combination of the seats, offering actual comfort to the driver and passenger that goes beyond the aesthetic. The same consistent red stitching can be seen along the side leather seams. And lastly, special mention goes to the race-inspired steering wheel design, a clear nod to Toyota’s GR heritage.

Performance

The high-performance engine of the Toyota Hilux lets you conquer roads and scale mountains –and every trail in between.
So, what was it like taking the Toyota Hilux GR Sport on an actual first drive? Before we even began, the height and visual clearance it offered gave instant confidence that, okay, this truck can take me through anything and I can see practically everything. Once Waze was activated through the built-in Apple CarPlay system, we were good to go. A few seconds in and my nervousness at handling such a big vehicle subsided. The smooth, sturdy handling, and responsive 6-speed automatic transmission made it feel like I was driving an SUV; not something built for hauling.
The powertrain of the Hilux GR Sport is exactly similar as that of the Hilux Conquest 4×4. Running on a 2.8-liter engine with 204 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque, it held no apprehensions at accelerating; gradually, but quickly building up speed as needed. On the flipside, the response to braking is as sensitive as the engine is powerful, with the car able to slow down and come to a full stop without fear of last-minute gliding.
There is nothing more to be said when we reached the city, considering how well the Hilux GR Sport did on the off-road highway. Perhaps the biggest challenge would be parking, since the length of the bed takes getting used to, especially for people who are used to sedans, hatchbacks, and SUVs.

Comfort

With all this power in your hands, we make sure you’re comfortably in command with technology placed at your fingertips.
The Hilux was in its element on the unpaved provincial highway, more than on city streets. The non-GR Sport variant can already take all the bumps, hits, and potholes without breaking a sweat, but as my passenger often comments, it also likes to jar the passengers in the process.

This one though, not so much. This can be attributed to the new monotube shock absorbers which some softened bigger cracks better as not to judder the cabin. The differences aren’t significant, mind you, but they are there. Even more beautiful is that it felt light and easily rolled across the bitumen without fuss.

Car Safety Features

The Toyota Hilux may be built for the rough roads, but safety is always our top priority. Our safety features ensure protection for you and the car when you’re driving and even when you’re not.

What is good to note for motorists is that each vehicle has its own specialty and for the Hilux, it’s the great outdoors. More than the usual transit vehicle that it is often used for, the Hilux is designed to support the thrill and spirit of adventure, and that is what it achieves with the GR Sport variant. Now imbued with the heritage of Gazoo Racing, this variant reaches out to those who are keen on the extraordinary and in enjoying the excitement of exploration without sacrificing comfort, performance, and practicality.

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