The Ranger has been upgraded to the following model for 2022, while the Hilux has been discontinued for this year. Toyota, on the other hand, is creating a more powerful midsize pickup in front of the Raptor’s debut on February 22. Although the GR Sport trim has been available since late 2018, the sportier variant is already gaining extra power.
The 2022 Hilux GR Sport is kitted out with the usual Gazoo Racing parts and was previewed in South Africa by at Adventure Afrika. More significantly, it has a fascinating secret hidden beneath its hood. The 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine has been tweaked to produce 221 horsepower (165 kW) and 550 Newton-meters (404 pound-feet) of torque. In comparison to the standard pickup, these output figures reflect a 10% increase.
Toyota will unveil the beefed-up vehicle in South Africa in May, when full details and a photo gallery will be released. It’s unknown whether the beefier Hilux would be sold exclusively in South Africa or if the range-topper will be introduced in other regions. Given that the present model has been on the market for nearly seven years, it could be one of the final modifications for the eighth-generation truck.
A unique black mesh grille with a center horizontal bar bearing the Toyota brand distinguishes used Toyota Hilux GR Sport models from the rest of the lineup. There are also larger fog light surrounds, as well as machined 17-inch alloy wheels with a black finish and all-terrain tires. The door mirrors, side steps, wheel arch extensions, and tailgate handle are all finished in black, with subtle GR Sport badging.
The upgrade of sports front seats in a combination of black leather and synthetic suede with red perforations and contrast stitching gave the interior a sportier flair. The headrests, carpet mats, starter button, and information display animation graphic all have “GR Sport” logos. Toyota has put a few carbons fiber-style features and a red design line across the width of the instrument panel to make things even more intriguing.