Toyota Australia’s design and engineering team celebrate Hilux sales milestone with Hilux Tonka Concept
Toyota Australia’s team of 150 designers and engineers have commemorated the Toyota Hilux’s number one selling car in Australia milestone by creating the Toyota Hilux Tonka Concept.
The Toyota Hilux Tonka Concept was created by taking one regular production Toyota Hilux SR5 turbo diesel, raising the ride height by 150mm, adding a high-riding axle, 35-inch diameter tyres and a 6mm thick steel bash plate protects that the sump to protect the Hilux Tonka from nasty boulders. Bolt on all these accessories and you have the ultimate rock hopping weapon. But the guys at Toyota Australia didn’t stop there.
The Hilux Tonka stands out with its garish black and yellow paint scheme, a bull bar that is compatible with the Hilux’s various safety systems, carbon fibre skins at the front and rear along with power bulges and air scoops for even more visual clout.
LED lighting and a roof pod are designed to provide optimum lighting when tackling the rough stuff at night and special frame inside the tub holds essentials such as extra fuel cans in place. There’s also storage boxes for recovery gear, along with an axe, fire extinguisher, shovel and jack just in case worse comes to worst.
Sadly, Toyota has denied that the Hilux Tonka will make it into production, but it will tour around the country and will be on display at a number of 4×4 shows and expos.
Toyota design guru Nicolas Hogios said the Hilux Tonka Concept would catch the eyes of kids and adults “We have taken Tonka out of the sand pit and reinvented HiLux from top to bottom and from nose to tail,” Mr Hogios said.
“Inspired by the Tonka trucks that kids play with in their backyards, the HiLux Tonka Concept goes way beyond the already hugely capable abilities of HiLux to traverse rocks and other rugged terrain,” he said.
“The HiLux Tonka Concept is dramatic evidence that our local team loves to have fun, we’re keen to explore new ideas and we’re always looking to push the boundaries of what’s possible,” he said.
The Hilux Tonka Concept is also a nod to Tonka’s 70th birthday and Toyota’s 80th year as a corporation.