HIlux Concept Tonka

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.

Hilux Tonka Concept
Over halfway up the 35’s, and the bullbars not even wet!

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.

Just so damn tough!

“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.”

HIlux Concept Tonka

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.

And people say a ‘Cruiser has stance?

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.

Hilux Tonka Concept

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.

That arse though…


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  • Why publish this article if Toyota isnt going to put this car into production!! Why even make a concept car that will NEVER be seen on our daily roads. Its just teasing you!!
    How much would you have to spend doing up your hilux to be like the concept car to find out that half the mods aren’t even road legal. Its just a piss off.

  • My grandkids had a ride in the tonka truck at parramatta speedway around the track. It was the pace car for the sprint cars they told me that it was so cool. It is a tough looking vehicle, i wouldn’t mind having it parked in my garage.

  • “After hearing about Toyota bumping in a set of portals and other goodies, which you can read about here”
    After following the link, all that is written about are the portals!?

  • Typical Toyota! Hope there are heaps of dealers and wreckers about to keep it going! Thank god its only a concept!

  • The tonka truck would be lovely to win i would give it to my youngest son Nathan

    He has been through tough times