A toy for grown-ups

Go! Camp & Drive - - Wheels -

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.

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