Australia is one of the biggest playgrounds for pickup trucks, and manufacturers love to flaunt and test their newest and best utes there. We Malaysians also look to Australia for hints of what we might get here - case study: Ford Ranger Raptor
So when Toyota trademarks a name there, we get excited. According to carsguide's report, Toyota has just trademarked the GR Hilux name in Australia, woohoo!!!
If you know a thing or two about Gazoo Racing (GR) vehicles, then we can expect the GR Hilux to come with pumped-up performance parts, because no moniker with a GR name will come with average mechanical bits.
This must send shivers down the Ford Ranger Raptor's chassis because it sounds like it might have a competitor here in Malaysia if the trademarking leads up to a production truck.
No technical information on the super-ute has yet to be unveiled, but there is that GR Hilux from the South American and South African market that we can take cues from.
The South African GR Hilux which was limited to 535 vehicles, came with beefed-up front suspension and the all dependable 2.8 GD-6 turbodiesel engine with 170hp and 450Nm. The South American GR Hilux, on the other hand, features a 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine with 235hp and 376Nm of torque and some suspension enhancements. All vehicles received aggressive-looking beautification to make it look like one mean truck.
If we were to get a GR Hilux, it'd most probably be similar to the diesel-powered South African truck. That ute was sold in South Africa for RM194,988, also another hint of what the price might be like if we ever get it here. Can't wait!