Toyota is taking a leaf out of the Raptor play-book and will, over the next few months, be revealing what it’s calling a Tonka-inspired HiLux – or a big toy for big boys.
The beefed up one of a kind Lux concept is the brainchild of Toyota Australia’s in-house designers, who are breaking with the normally ‘conservative Australian ‘decals and crappy side steps’ approach to this type of 4X4 project.
The base vehicle is a 4X4 HiLux SR5 – just like the one we’ve recently reviewed – but it’s going to look markedly different by the time the Toyota Australia product design team has beefed up almost every exterior surface.
The metamorphosis includes aggressive new bumpers, grille, tailgate, wheel-arches and door mouldings among other new and as yet undisclosed components.
Suspension is going to be a full custom setup, with”massive wheels and tyres” (35s maybe?) and Toyota is expecting it to be a “prodigious rock climber”.
It’s planned black-and-yellow Tonka livery will make it hard to miss.
Toyota Australia’s product design chief Nicolas Hogios said combining the tough and enduring DNA of the HiLux and Tonka brands was a natural fit.
“We expect the extreme style and capability of our re-imagined HiLux will capture the imagination of kids and adults alike,” Mr Hogios said.
“HiLux is such a great canvas, and we really pushed the envelope by marrying our number-one seller with the Tonka brand,” he said.
“The end result is so exciting because the HiLux Tonka really delivers the dream of every Australian kid who ever wanted such a truck,” he said.
Toyota expects to reveal the fully driveable concept within months.