Toyota And Tonka Builds Unique Hilux Tonka Concept
Toyota in collaboration with Tonka has created an ultimate rock-crawling truck that combines the enviable reputations for toughness and durability that dominate the Toyota and Tonka DNAs.
Dubbed simply Hilux Tonka Concept, the vehicle has been designed, assembled and tested by designers and engineers from Toyota Australia’s division and celebrates HiLux’s breakthrough in becoming Australia’s best-selling vehicle last year.
As the name suggests, the concept is based on the double cab version of the popular pickup truck and features a new front bar that is compatible with the vehicle’s safety systems. The hood has a carbon-fibre skin and features an aggressive “power bulge” and air scoops, while high-performance off-road LED lighting in the bar and roof pod combine to provide excellent night vision for off-road trails.
Further modifications include extra ground clearance of 150mm (6 inches), a high-riding axle, heavy-duty suspension and 35-inch diameter tires and a rugged bash plate made from 6mm-thick alloy, which is designed to protect the sump and other vital components. There’s also tubular side rails to protect the body and chassis.
Power comes from the 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that delivers 174 horsepower and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque.
According to Toyota, the HiLux Tonka Concept is not destined for dealer showrooms, and only will be displayed at 4WD shows field days and expos around the country.