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The HiLux Tonka concept has portals, and we’re excited

Toyota HiLux Portals on the Tonka concept 4X4.
Toyota HiLux Portals on the Tonka concept 4X4.

Toyota has released another video of the  HiLux Tonka Concept, this time showing off some specific details about the build. Specifically, one pretty big detail. Portals!

If you don’t know what portals are, they are just about the coolest thing you can do for a 4X4. They bolt onto your axle, and provide a huge amount of extra ground clearance for awesome off-road capability. Your diff is now tucked up, and you can fit a much larger tyre for even better off-road capability. Your centre of gravity does go up a fair bit, but this is offset by the increased wheel track that comes with portal hubs.


All of the cool 4WDs have portals: Unimogs and G-Wagons, and you can fit aftermarket portals to Land Rover Defenders, GU Patrols and 70 Series LandCruisers. Jeep’s awesome FC concept had portal axles, and now Toyota joins those ranks with the HiLux Tonka Concept.

Toyota HiLux pricing and specs

Many manufacturers spruik new concept models and fantastic ideas all the time, which turn out to be nothing more than some special badged and decals on an otherwise garden variety model. And I was worried that’s what this what the HiLux concept would be: some canary-yellow paint, some all-terrain tyres and painted recovery points. But I am pleasantly surprised, there is some serious engineering going into this HiLux.

We’re heading over to check out the HiLux Concept in person next week, so will keep you up to speed with the details on this build.

Toyota HiLux Tonka Concept
Toyota HiLux Tonka Concept, testing out the portal axles. You can see how much the ground clearance and track width has changed.



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  • If Toyota was smart they would mass produce this Tonka version and sell it at a reasonable price. They would blow away any competition out off the market. What grownup boy wouldn’t want a real life capable Tonka truck. But unfortunate for Toyota they are not that smart. Maybe Ford will have a go at a Tonka or Raptor version soon because Ford is quite smart.

  • Will take ages for any of these parts to hit the market, and I bet they will cost a small fortune. The truck looks great, but why design such parts if only people with deep pockets are the only ones that can afford to buy them.

  • As shown, they are unlikely to be legal for registered road use. If the tyres stick out past the guards, they are not legal. Normally you cannot whack on aftermarket large wheels and portal products like this without the whole drive train being re-engineered to take the stresses. Just buy the right vehicle in the first place already with portal axles.

  • Is it just me, or does YET another car company showing what they can do, when they have no intention of producing it, make you think they are self-indulgent try-hards?
    “Ooooo – Look how clever we are” doesn’t make me feel better about a car company.
    They built something that looks cool, but they can’t build more than ONE of them. My grandson can do that with a box of lego…

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