Toyota Hilux Tonka Concept: a real toy

Toyota Hilux

Toyota Australia and Tonka, a US company specializing in toy trucks and excavators, joined forces to make a prototype the Toyota Hilux Tonka Concept, a pick-up that combines the strength and durability of Toyota and Tonka.

Since it was first launched in 1968, Hilux has reaped and reinforced its reputation for unwavering, as well as achieving great commercial success: in its almost 50 years of life, more than 16 million units have been sold worldwide.

With this prototype, Toyota Australia celebrates the milestone that the Toyota Hilux became the best-selling vehicle in the country in 2016, the first time that the sales leader is not a passenger car, in addition to commemorating the 80th anniversary of Toyota at the level global and Tonka's 70th anniversary.

Hilux Tonka Concept has been conceived, designed, assembled and tested by designers and engineers in Toyota Australia's Product Planning and Development Division, which employs 150 people.

Beneath the strong black and yellow colors of the Hilux Tonka Concept is the top-of-the-line version of Hilux in Australia, the Hilux SR5 4 × 4. In a double cab version, it is powered by a powerful 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine with 130 kW / 177 hp.

The extensive transformation of the Hilux SR5 into the Hilux Tonka Concept begins with a substantially higher ground clearance, with an increase of 150mm. Combining a higher axle, high-performance suspension, and 35-inch diameter tires, the concept car is prepared to handle rough terrain that would be inaccessible to other off-roaders.

The new front bar is compatible with Hilux safety systems, while the bonnet is clad in carbon fiber and features more aggressive prominences and air intakes. High-performance LED headlights on the front and roof combine to provide excellent night vision.

The strong 6mm thick alloy skid plate has been designed to protect the crankcase and other vital mechanical components, while tubular side rails protect the body and chassis.

Behind the cockpit almost everything has changed. The transformation includes a new tailgate, also clad in carbon fiber, incorporating a spoiler and two vents for optimal air circulation. The tailgate opens with a durable, lightweight strap instead of a handle.

Inside the cargo box, a removable tubular frame holds all cargo, including diesel cans, while storage compartments hold recovery tools needed for extreme off-road driving. It also has a fire extinguisher, an ax, a shovel and a high elevation jack.

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