Toyota Hilux TRD Sport Offroad-01

The eighth-gen 2016 Toyota Hilux was unveiled in Thailand and Australia in May, and the market leading pick-up truck now sports Toyota’s latest design language as seen on its passenger cars, both inside and outside.

Aside from revised styling, the new Hilux gets two new turbodiesel engines (2.8L and 2.4L, both with VNT, EGR and stop-start) as well as fresh six-speed ‘intelligent’ manual and auto gearboxes. The truck also features a thicker, stronger frame and enhanced comfort, safety and convenience features. Full details here.

For those who admire the Hilux’s qualities but also like the sport truck look made popular by the Ford F-150 Raptor, this Toyota Hilux Revo TRD Sport Offroad might be up your alley. Still a prototype, it was displayed at the Bangkok International Auto Salon 2015 late last month.

The showcar looks significantly more macho than the stock Hilux. Exterior add ons include a TRD front grille and sump guard, bumper cover, sport bar, overfenders and a spoiler on the tail gate.

TRD’s offroad suspension (a rear stabiliser bar is also available) gives the Hilux higher ground clearance, and the truck rides on 18-inch alloys, with TRD calipers behind the front rims. There’s also a muffler with carbon cover. Speaking of CF, the wing mirrors have that look, too. The must-have decals are found on the hood and sides, but not on the tail gate.

These images, by RevoClub Thailand, don’t show the TRD Sport Offroad’s cabin, but the accessories list includes a TRD shift knob and “leg room lamp with TRD logo” among other things. What do you think, pick-up truck fans?

2016 Toyota Hilux Thai launch