Toyota HiLux TRD Prototype revealed: new Wildtrak rival debuts in Thailand

Toyota HiLux TRD Prototype revealed: new Wildtrak rival debuts in Thailand

Toyota’s got a special TRD-prepped HiLux on show at this week’s Bangkok International Auto Salon in Thailand, hinting at a sporty new flagship for the top-selling pickup range.

But, before you get your supercharged Speedos in a Siberian hitch, you need to know: this is not a direct successor to the powered-up TRD HiLux developed right here in Australia for a limited run back in 2008.

That model, fitted with an Eaton blower, a significant suspension upgrade and a sports styling kit, was a unique beast that delivered a package well beyond that offered by style-focused offerings like Ford’s Ranger Wildtrak and the newly launched Colorado Z71.

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This new ‘prototype’, however, is more like the aforementioned rivals, building on the looks of the only recently revealed 2016 HiLux dual-cab pickup with a mostly style-focused upgrade.

But, there’s a little more to this one still.

On the styling front, TRD has added a blacked-out grille up front and a new bumper skid plate, new bolt-on guards, black 18-inch alloy wheels and carbon-fibre mirror caps through the profile, matched to a large sports bar behind the cab and a small tailgate lip at the rear.

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TRD has added a couple of other tricks to this package, though, including the addition of a jacked-up suspension package for a little extra ground clearance – particularly noticeable at the back end, endowing the new special with something of a ‘hotrod’ look. A rear stabiliser bar is also featured.

Other enhancements include a sump guard and TRD brake callipers up front (specific details of the model’s braking package have not been released), along with a prototype TRD muffler with a carbon cover.

These photos, published at enthusiast website RevoClub Thailand, do not reveal the special new HiLux model’s interior, although the company promises at least a TRD-branded gear knob and footwell lighting that casts the TRD logo on the floor mats.

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The concept’s powertrain has not been detailed, but the regular range will be offered in Australia with diesel and petrol options across a spread of four- and six-cylinder engines.

If this prototype enters production and finds an Australian berth, we can likely expect it to come equipped with either the 130kW/450Nm 2.8 litre four-cylinder diesel or the circa 207kW 4.0 litre petrol six. Perhaps even both, which would give this model an advantage over the diesel-only Ranger Wildtrak and Colorado Z71 models.

For now, local plans for a new model above the sporty HiLux SR5. CarAdvice has contacted Toyota Australia for comment.

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