Butch Hilux TRD available from $58,990.
The Toyota Hilux TRD is back. Except this time, it’s not about supercharging the engine and adding body decals, it’s about adding 15 new TRD (Toyota Racing Development for those playing at home) to a stock Hilux SR5, with a sticker price of $58,990.
The process begins by taking a stock Toyota Hilux SR5 – it must be white or black – with the optional leather interior, then they bolt on a bright red TRD bash plate, a buff TRD grille, TRD bumper cover and fender flares.
A towing kit that includes tongue, ball and wiring harness, ute liner, soft tonneau cover, taillight covers and TRD mudflaps are all added for extra practicality, work or play.
Matte black alloys, side body and bonnet mouldings along with a rear sports bar help complete the exterior makeover.
Inside there’s TRD floor mats and a TRD gear knob on auto models. These features are on top of the SR5’s standard equipment which includes satellite navigation, climate control and reversing camera.
The 2.8 litre turbo diesel engine remains unchanged, with 130kW of power with peak torque of 450Nm (six-speed electronic automatic) and 420Nm (six-speed manual).
Toyota Australia marketing boss Tony Cramb said the Hilux SR5 was chosen as the donor car for the Hilux TRD, because the SR5 made up around 50 per cent of Hilux sales in Australia “Local buyers voted with their wallets to make HiLux the best-selling vehicle in Australia last year – and the majority clearly indicated their preference for upmarket features combined with HiLux’s renowned go-anywhere capability,” Mr Cramb said.
“We have responded to that demand by compiling premium components, including the respected TRD brand, that will further distinguish HiLux from the competitors and from every other HiLux in our range,” Cramb added.