2017 Toyota HiLux with TRD accessories

Yesterday’s Toyota Hilux Tonka Concept was pretty cool, but let’s face it – not a lot of us have the means to dress up a pick-up truck in quite the same manner. For a more attainable off-road-ready look, Australians can now turn to the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) appearance package for the Hilux, incorporating 15 new components – seven of which are from the in-house tuning company. The kit is available only with the top-spec SR5 trim level, and comes with either black or white paint.

Most of the new bits are at the front, where you’ll find a honeycomb grille, a protective bumper cover and a red skid plate. Matte black fender flares provide a more muscular appearance, while black plastic side mouldings, a black sports bar and 18-inch six-spoke alloy wheels complete the look.

On top of that are additional accessories such as a towing kit (including a tow hook and wiring harness), bedliner, soft tonneau cover, tail light covers and TRD mudflaps. Inside, there are TRD-branded floor mats and a TRD gearknob for models with an automatic transmission.

These go on top of the standard specification of the SR5 model, including self-levelling LED headlights, keyless entry, push-button start, climate control, cruise control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a multifunction steering wheel and a touchscreen navigation system with DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, Toyota Link connectivity and a reverse camera.

Safety-wise, the Hilux SR5 comes with seven airbags, stability control, trailer sway control, hill start assist and hill descent control. Also equipped is a rear locking differential and an electronic transfer case. Power comes from a 2.8 litre 1GD-FTV turbodiesel engine producing 177 PS and 450 Nm of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission, or 420 Nm with a six-speed manual.

Pricing for the Hilux with TRD accessories starts at A$58,990 (RM199,400) for white paint and A$59,540 (RM201,300) in black. Automatic models cost A$2,000 (RM6,800) more.