Toyota moots production Hilux Gladiator
TOYOTA NEW ZEALAND MAY MARKET A LESSradical version of the Hilux Gladiator Concept it showed at the 2017 Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton.
That follows positive feedback from customers, says Toyota’s general manager of product, Spencer Morris..
“We built it as a showcase vehicle… demonstrating a broad spectrum of customisation, and we were thrilled at the response.”
Based on a standard 4WD Hilux SR5, the Gladiator concept was built with help from Retro Vehicle Enhancements.
It had a suspension lift kit with offset 20-inch alloy wheels, a bullbar and winch, sump guard, snorkel, bolt-on flares, and a sports bar with custom mounts for the spare tyre and tools.
LED lights adorned the roof rack and bullbar, and the bodywork got custom Gladiator graphics.
The cabin was upholstered in red leather, with carbon fibre-style trim and Gladiatorbranded mats.
“Any commercially available Gladiator model will be slightly more practical” says Morris. “Some of the parts on the concept would need a special low volume certification.”
He says a previous Gladiator sold well, with more than100 retailed in the last 18 months.
Left: Toyota may market a less extreme version of its Gladiator concept Hilux ute.Above: Show Gladiator had spare wheel and tools mounted on its sports bar.