If you’re anything like us and been chafing at the bit for this, the Tonka HiLux has finally been revealed. After what feels like an eternity Toyota has released images, video, and a touring schedule for the Tonka.
After hearing about Toyota bumping in a set of portals and other goodies, which you can read about here, actually seeing the full design in the flesh has added just that much more want. Designed and built by the in-house Toyota team it’s no wonder it has come up so well.
Toyota Product design chief Nicolas Hogios said the extreme style and capability of the Tonka HiLux Concept would capture the imagination of kids and adults alike.
“Inspired by the Tonka trucks that kids play with in their backyards, the Tonka HiLux Concept goes way beyond the already hugely capable abilities of HiLux to traverse rocks and other rugged terrain,” he said. “The Tonka HiLux Concept is dramatic evidence that our local team loves to have fun, we’re keen to explore new ideas and we’re always looking to push the boundaries of what’s possible.”
Under the dramatic black and yellow livery of the Tonka Concept is an SR5 HiLux, with the proven 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine. That’s where the factory stuff ends. From the 6″ of extra ground clearance, the portal axles, the heavier suspension and a set of 35″ muddies under it, the Tonka HiLux performs as well as it looks.
A new front bar is compatible with the vehicle’s safety systems while the bonnet has a carbon-fibre skin and features an aggressive “power bulge” and air scoops.
High-performance off-road LED lighting in the bar and roof pod combine to provide excellent night vision for off-road trails.
A rugged bash plate made from 6mm-thick alloy is designed to protect the sump and other vital components.
Behind the cabin, almost everything has been changed. The transformation includes a new tailgate, also wrapped in carbon fibre, that incorporates an integrated spoiler and two air vents for optimal airflow. A durable, lightweight strap rather than a handle releases the tailgate.
Inside the tub, a removable tubular frame keeps all the gear in place, including diesel fuel cans, while storage boxes house the recovery gear needed for extreme off-road driving. A fire extinguisher, axe, shovel and high-lift jack are also fitted.
With this being a concept only vehicle, unfortunately, Toyota won’t be offering it for purchase. However, adults and kids alike will have the opportunity to share the dream as it tours 4WD shows, field days and expos around the country. It certainly gives some great guidance and inspiration as to how you could mod up a new Toyota HiLux!
See the touring schedule and video from Toyota here.