Toyota Introduces the Tonka HiLux: Unbreakable concept

It looks every bit the kind of thing a man-child would love to own...

As hinted by Toyota recently their Tonka Truck concept vehicle has now been revealed to the public and oh boy, they’ve done a cracker job on this one.

Basically a full size toy for a grown man, the idea here was to take the iconic Tonka Truck brand and mix it with what Toyota calls the “unbreakable” HiLux.

Bold Yellow colours, with large Tonka branding, the truck has extreme features, and what looks like some solid off-road capabilities over and above your average HiLux.

The Tonka HiLux was built to celebrate HiLux being Australia’s best selling car in 2016 and boy do Toyota know how to celebrate.

Product design chief Nicolas Hogios said it was designed to impress both 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.

Toyota took the top of the line SR5 HiLux double cab and increased the ride hight by 15 cm, added a high-riding axle, heavy-duty suspension and 35 inch diameter tyres.

Visually, the new front bar is still compatible with all the standard safety systems, plus there’s a carbon-fibre skin and a very aggressive bulge and air scoops.

An all new tailgate is also wrapped in carbon-fibre and has two air vents on the side to improve air flow.

Here’s how it compares to the standard SR5, and all the features on the Tonka HiLux

  HiLux Tonka Concept HiLux SR5
Length 5400mm 5330mm
Width 2180mm 1855mm
Height 2050mm 1815mm
Final drive ratio 4.05:1 3.909:1
Kerb weight 2400kg 2075kg
Approach angle 35 degrees 31 degrees
Departure angle 30 degrees 26 degrees
Ground clearance 429mm 279mm
Front track 1785mm 1535mm
Rear track 1800mm 1550mm
Wheels 17 x 8.5-inch Method NV alloy 18-inch alloy
Tyres 35 x 12.5-inch Toyo Open Country M/T-R 265/60 highway
Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Drum
Park brake Electronic Lever

4WD Portal Axle
• Hub-mounted reduction gearbox supplied by Marks 4WD Adaptors

Suspension
• Heavy duty springs and adjustable remote reservoir shocks from King Springs

Front Bar:
• Steel, airbag compliant, maintains cooling requirements
• Faceted surfacing
• Integrated LED lighting protected by the steel skin

Bash Plate:
• 6mm alloy with front overriders protect sump and front sub-frame
• Laser cut and TIG welded
• Integrated ventilation slots for cooling engine and front differential

Bonnet:
• Carbon-fibre skin is lighter than original steel bonnet
• Front and rear openings for air flow
• Raised centre “power bulge”

Roof Pod:
• High-performance off-road LED light bar
• Fresh-air cooling ducts for vehicle occupants

Rock Rails:
• Tubular surfaces protect body and chassis

Tailgate:
• Carbon fibre skin
• Two airflow ports
• Integrated spoiler
• Release strap

Bedcage:
• Removeable tubular frame
• Diesel fuel cans
• Storage boxes for off-road recovery gear
• Fire extinguisher, axe, shovel and high-lift jack

Paint:
• Custom yellow called “Sun Fusion”

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4WD & Outdoors

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