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Roaring onto the Scene: Hilux Gr-S III Has Arrived

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The legendary Toyota Hilux reaches new heights of performance, ride comfort and imposing appearance with the Hilux GR-S III. Building on its multiple Dakar Rally-winning heritage, the Hilux GR SPORT III achieves a new pinnacle for Toyota’s pioneering bakkie, which has earned a reputation for durability and reliability since its arrival in 1968.

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. It stands out from the crowd, wherever the spirit of adventure takes it.

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. This creates a confidence-inspiring ride even in adverse weather or road conditions.

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.

Optimised handling ensures a sure-footed drive with reduced vibration noise, while the suspension and brakes have been specifically enhanced. Driving excitement and sporty sensations are evoked without compromise on ride comfort, making it a perfect partner for everyday enjoyment.

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.

Exterior

  • Imposing updated look and powerful stance
  • Weight and drag reduction from new 17-inch wheels

Always a commanding presence, the GR-S III elevates the Hilux to a stylish new level. A dynamic, imposing demeanour from all angles signifies an unrivalled sense of purpose and the bold black over-fenders accentuate the GR-S III’s muscular stance.

That striking look is emphasised by new 17-inch black alloy wheels, delivering impressive aesthetics combined with eye-catching red brake callipers. They contribute to performance too; a large rim area reduces aerodynamic drag while an ultra-efficient central spoke trims wheel weight.

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 classic Toyota name logo, black sidestep, mirrors and door handles. Silver-coloured protective front underguard, black rear bumper and distinctive GR logos compliment an evocative appearance.

Interior

  • Premium monochrome colour theme aligns with sporty red accents
  • Enhancements for driving practicality and enjoyment
  • Exclusive GR instrument panel details
  • Multimedia system including wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is now paired with JBL sound system

The Hilux GR-S III’s forceful sense of purpose is mirrored within the cabin, where the bakkie’s DNA as an authentic performer with sporting heritage is underlined. 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 pedals6 complete the experience.

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.

Completing the high-quality look and feel of the Hilux GR-S III cabin is a new hydrographic ornament on the door trim and dashboard, which also features GR details on the information display and instrumentation.

It also boasts Toyota’s multimedia system, operated using an 8-inch touchscreen display. To elevate your audio senses, the GR-S III now comes standard with a JBL sound system with nine speakers.

Technical Changes

  • Functional design strengthened by enhanced approach angle and greater ground clearance
  • Optimal front and rear suspension balance for smoother, more stable ride
  • More precise, powerful braking with bigger 17-inch front discs and new 15-inch rear discs

Hilux is 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 20 mm increase in ride height combined with a tread increase of 140mm at the front and 155 mm at the rear.

Aerodynamically, the Hilux GR-S III takes a no-compromise approach thanks to the new air curtain structure, including a brand-new bumper with a functional fog lamp bezel which seeks to optimise drag efficiency and reduce turbulence in the wheel arch.

A smoother, more stable ride over any terrain is assured via dedicated updates designed to further improve handling precision, enhance stability in a straight line and achieve new levels of comfort.

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.

Hilux GR-S III Pricing

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

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the new Hilux GR-S III. Did it roar into your heart or leave you wanting more? Share your impressions, experiences, and any questions you have in the comments below. Engage with fellow overland enthusiasts and let’s get the conversation rolling. Plus, don’t forget to share this editorial with your friends and community to keep the excitement going!