Monday, June 17, 2024




The legendary Toyota Hilux has been given a serious upgrade for the brand new GR-S III model. Building on its multiple Dakar Rally-winning heritage, the Hilux GR SPORT III builds on the reputation of Toyota’s pioneering bakkie, which has earned an unrivalled reputation for durability and reliability since its arrival in 1968.

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The double-cab Hilux GR-S III delivers a powerful combination of enhanced handling and stability, with excellent towing (3,500kg) and payload (1,000kg) capacity allied to an assertive design evolution.

The GR-S III features an increase in tread – the lateral distance between the wheels – which is expanded by 140mm at the front and 155mm at the rear compared to the standard Toyota Hilux.

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On- and off-road capabilities are also purposefully enhanced, thanks to that wider tread and significant improvements in handling characteristics, such as increased vehicle stability through reduced roll angle, and a precise steering response.

The suspension and brakes have been specifically enhanced and there is a new sense of sportiness, achieved without compromising on ride comfort.

The powerful and proven 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine provides response and vigour, no matter the requirement. Delivering 165kW and 550Nm of torque, it is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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The GR-S III elevates the Hilux to a stylish new level. A striking look is emphasised by new 17-inch black alloy wheels and eye-catching red brake callipers.

Marking the Hilux GR-S III out from the crowd is a variety of premium exterior design details, such as the black G mesh front grille featuring the classic Toyota name logo, black sidestep, mirrors and door handles. Silver-coloured protective front under guard, black rear bumper and distinctive GR logos compliment an evocative appearance.

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The interior continues the sporty theme of the exterior. A black, monochrome theme creates a stylish feel and is accompanied by bold red accents, such as the contrasting red seat belts, to emphasise the motorsport passion behind the GR identity.

Paddle controls add the option of manual shift selection while the perforated sports leather steering wheel (with contrast stitching) and aluminium sport pedals complete the experience.

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Black suede and leather sport seats, with silver stitching and perforation, elevate the interior appearance and provide exceptional comfort as well as a better grip, minimising sliding when the occupants experience higher lateral forces.

The interior also boasts Toyota’s multimedia system, operated using an 8-inch touchscreen display and the GR-S III now comes standard with a JBL sound system with nine speakers.

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The Toyota Hilux has become world-renowned for its “go anywhere” off-road capabilities and dependability, and the latest model strengthens that legacy.

An increase from 29 degrees to 30 degrees of approach angle, and enhanced ground clearance, extend its formidable off-road capabilities. That is achieved via a 20mm increase in ride height combined with a tread increase of 140mm at the front and 155mm at the rear.

The new lighter 17-inch wheels are equipped with all-terrain tyres to enhance grip and overall stability. Precise, powerful braking provides peace of mind thanks to front discs expanded from 16 to 17 inches, and new 15-inch discs on the rear which replace the previous drum brake.

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Hilux GR-S III Pricing

The Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 DC 4×4 GR Sport III is competitively priced at R999 000. It also comes standard with a 9-services/90 000km service plan (with intervals of 10 000 km) and a 3-year/100 000km warranty.


Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
From an early age, Harry was obsessed with anything that moved under its own steam, particularly cars and motorcycles. For reasons of a financial nature, his stable of fine automobiles failed to materialise, at which point he realised that motorcycles were far more affordable and so he started his two wheel career, owning, riding, building and fixing many classic bikes. Then came the day when he converted his love of bikes into a living, writing, filming and talking about them endlessly. The passion for four wheels never left him, however, and he has now converted his writing skills into singing the praises of cars in all their infinite variety. Bikes are still his favourite means of getting around but the car in its modern form is reaching a level of perfection that is hard to resist. And they're warmer in winter....