2021 Toyota Hilux GR Sport launched in Japan; will it arrive in Malaysia?

CY Foong · Oct 8, 2021 05:30 PM

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Back in August, the 2021 Toyota Hilux GR Sport was launched in Thailand and surprisingly, the next destination for the sporty-looking invincible truck is Japan – a country not that known for truck culture.

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In addition to a few updates on its existing grades, the Z and X, the Japan-spec Hilux gets an additional GR Sport variant which starts from JPY 4,312,000 (~RM 160,000). Just like the rest of the Hilux range in the country, it is imported from Thailand.

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Though the Japanese Hilux GR Sport looks similar to the one sold in the Kingdom including the old-school “TOYOTA” grille, piano black trim pieces, and generous Gazoo Racing badges, there is one major difference under the hood.

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Japan uses a 2.4-litre engine on the Hilux

Instead of a 2.8-litre 1GD-FTV turbodiesel engine (204 PS/500 Nm) as used in the Thai-spec Hilux GR Sport, the Japanese version is powered by a 2.4-litre 2GD-FTV turbodiesel unit (150 PS/400 Nm). This engine is also used on the other variants of the Hilux, the X and Z and is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Also read: Closer look: Thailand's 2021 Toyota Hilux GR Sport

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Inside, the Japanese Hilux GR Sport mirrors that of its Thai counterpart. GR badges are emblazoned on the steering wheel, the push-start button, and the front seats. Aluminium pedals, paddle shifts, as well as the red stitching on the seat and steering wheel enhance the sportiness of the pick-up truck.

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Another upgrade given to the Hilux GR Sport is the suspension which Toyota claims to improve the truck’s steering stability and ride comfort.

Also read: Review: 2020 Toyota Vios GR-Sport - The ride and handling champ in class

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As the range-topping variant of the Hilux range in Japan, the GR Sport is offered with some modern safety features including:

  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Pre-Collision System (PCS)
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Bi-Beam LED headlamps with auto-levelling
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA)

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Hilux Z shown

With the latest update, PCS and LDA are now offered as standard on all variants of the Japan-spec Hilux.

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The launch of the Hilux GR Sport in Thailand and Japan is certainly exciting for fans here in Malaysia but its arrival might be a little longer. How long? Perhaps by 2022 given the country’s transition to the endemic stage.

Also read: Is your Toyota Hilux too tame? Mod it with this Modellista kit, available in Malaysia

CY Foong

Writer

Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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