Meet the ultimate rock climber.
Toyota and the American producer of toy trucks Tonka have teamed up to create what is described as “a full-size dream toy for adults”. The Hilux Tonka concept is “an impressive rock-crawling truck that combines the enviable reputations for toughness and durability that dominate the Toyota and Tonka DNAs”.
As the name suggests, the study is based on the Hilux, the "unbreakable" global pickup of the Japanese brand, and has been created to celebrate the model’s “breakthrough” in becoming Australia's best-selling vehicle last year. The concept was designed, assembled, and tested by the Australian Toyota team.
Under the black-yellow livery is a range-topping Hilux SR5, powered by a 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine. As standard, it sends power to all four 35-inch tires. The ground clearance has been increased by 150 millimetres and the vehicle now sits on a high-riding axles and heavy-duty suspension.
The offroad appearance is enhanced by a new front bar and a bonnet with a carbon-fibre skin and air scoops. High-performance LED lighting in the bar and roof pod provides “excellent night vision for off-road trails”. At the rear, transformations include a new tailgate, also wrapped in carbon fibre, that incorporates an integrated spoiler and two vents for improved airflow.
With this concept, Toyota Australia is celebrating the fact Australians have bought more than 920,000 examples of the Hilux since its launch in 1968. Also, it is the first vehicle other than a passenger car to be the best-selling vehicle in the country. Globally, the pickup has recorded more than 16 million sales.