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Toyota Hilux GR-S not ready to tackle Ford Ranger and 190kW Amarok yet



Bakkie buyers hoping to get their hands on the fastest Toyota Hilux production ever in South Africa will have to wait until at least July.

Production delays due to damage at Toyota’s assembly plant in Prospecton, Durban due to recent severe flooding n KwaZulu-Natal means that the high – priced Hilux GR Sport (GR-S) will not be available until July.

Production at the assembly plant, which builds the Hilux, Fortuner, HiAce, Corolla Quest and Cross, is set back an estimated 12 weeks.

The hottest Toyota Hilux is said to be based on the Raider Trim level and powered by an uptuned version of the 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine that caters to the rest of the range.

It will produce 165 kW of power and 550 Nm of torque which is 15kW and 50Nm more than the output of the standard 2.8-liter mill.

“We can’t give an exact date yet, but it certainly won’t be before the third quarter of 2022,” says Riaan Esterhuysen, Marketing and Product Communications Manager with Toyota Motors in South Africa.

Badge on the roll bar of the new Toyota Hilux GR-S.

Esterhuysen also confirmed that the new backpack will not be a limited edition like the first Toyota Hilux GR-S offered in 2019 and limited to 600 models only.

The first edition includes GR Sport suspension upgrades and flashy decals, but not a power bump.

“The new Hilux will be in place as part of the scope with no restrictions on production volumes. Accurate prices and specifications will be confirmed in due course, ”he said.

The Toyota Hilux is already the best – selling vehicle in South Africa and the new derivative is set to grow in demand.

It will also place the cat among the pigeons as far as bakkie performance goes.

The Toyota Hilux GR-S 165 kW / 550 Nm will surpass the fastest version of its major rival, the Ford Ranger, powered by a 2.0-liter 157kW / 500Nm dual-turbocharne engine.

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It will also close the gap on the 190 kW V6 VW Amarok which will be the only production bakkie in South Africa to produce more power.

But the local bakkie landscape is about to change dramatically as the new Ford Ranger and VW Amarok, also built by Ford, are expected to be rolled out late in the year.

Ford has confirmed that the line built with Silverton, which produces 184 kW of power and 600 Nm of torque, will feature a new 3.0-liter V6 turret diesel model.

In addition the fantastic new Ford Ranger Raptor will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine that produces 292kW / 583Nm.

For more information on the current Toyota Hilux line, click here.

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