2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport confirmed for Australia next year


The Toyota HiLux GR Sport is due in Australian showrooms in the second half of 2023, replacing the Rugged X as the flagship variant. But which version will Australia get?

Jordan Mulach

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A European-delivered Toyota HiLux GR Sport.

The 2023 Toyota HiLux GR Sport is due in Australia in the second half of 2023 as the new flagship variant, the Japanese car giant has confirmed.

Toyota Australia has today ended weeks of speculation by confirming plans for the HiLux GR Sport to replace the Rugged X as the flagship variant of its popular ute.

However, Toyota Australia is yet to announce which of the four HiLux GR Sport variants available overseas will be sold here – or if the model due in local showrooms next year will be specific to Australia.

“Toyota Australia has confirmed a new hardcore halo variant for the HiLux pick-up range, with the all-new off-road focused GR Sport grade set to be introduced in the second half of 2023,” Toyota said in a media statement.

“Replacing the Rugged X as the flagship off-road vehicle of the HiLux range, Toyota Australia will announce further details on the GR Sport closer to its local launch next year.”

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A Japanese-market Toyota HiLux GR Sport.

In Thailand and Europe, the Toyota HiLux GR Sport uses the same 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine as the rest of the model range – and used in Australia’s Thai-built HiLux utes – with outputs of 150kW/500Nm.

In South Africa, the Toyota HiLux GR Sport upgrades to a 165kW/550Nm version of the same 2.8-litre diesel engine – while the Japanese-market GR Sport utilises a 110kW/400Nm 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder.

While all Toyota HiLux GR Sport models across the globe share a number of key upgrades compared to lesser-equipped variants, some of the changes vary from country to country, with three different front bumper designs offered across the four regions.

All examples of the Toyota HiLux GR Sport feature wider body-coloured wheel-arch flares, upgraded suspension, T-O-Y-O-T-A block lettering across the grille and GR Sport badging.

Interior equipment tweaks have included front sports seats with GR headrest logos, a GR-branded steering wheel with red stitching and a top-dead-centre stripe, plus a GR-specific instrument cluster.

But differences between each version include the front bumpers, grilles, wheel designs, and trim on the dashboard.

It’s unclear if any of the Australian-market GR Sport’s upgrades will be installed by Toyota Australia at its facility in Melbourne – as is the case with the current Rugged X model grade.

As previously reported by Drive, the Toyota HiLux Rogue will be equipped with 140mm-wider front and rear wheel tracks and a 20mm-taller ride height, plus ventilated rear brake discs – replacing the drum brakes fitted to all current Toyota HiLux variants.

The Toyota HiLux Rogue will bridge the gap between the HiLux SR5 and HiLux GR Sport variants.

Prices for the Toyota HiLux Rogue and HiLux GR Sport are yet to be confirmed.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach is Canberra/Ngunnawal born, currently residing in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his ZH Fairlane.

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