A toy for grown-ups
The Hilux Tonka Concept was created by Toyota Australia to help mark the high-riding off-roader’s breakthrough in becoming the country’s best-selling vehicle in 2016. The new concept was designed, assembled and tested by designers and engineers from Toyota Australia’s 150-strong product planning and development division. Underneath the black-and-yellow livery is a top-of-the-range production Hilux – an SR5 (not available in South Africa) double cab with a 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine. The makeover starts with substantially higher ground clearance – an increase in ride height of 150 mm. This is complemented by a highriding axle, heavy-duty suspension and 35-inch tyres. High-performance off-road LED lighting in the bar and roof pod provide extra night vision for off-road trails, while a rugged bash plate made from 6 mm-thick alloy guards the sump and other vital parts. A removable tubular frame in the load deck keeps all the gear in place, including 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.