Port Melbourne, Australia – Toyota Australia describes its new Hilux Tonka Concept as a “full-size dream toy for adults” and who are we to argue?
And it’s not just for show. Riding a cool 150mm higher than the conventional 2.8 GD-6 flagship double cab that it’s based on, and sporting beefed-up “heavy-duty” suspension, the Hilux Tonka is a very serious off-roader.
Sadly, and as the ‘Concept’ part of the name implies, this is purely a one-off and at this stage Toyota has no plans to series-produce this inner-child-awakening play-thing.
It was created by Toyota’s ever-enthusiastic Australian design and engineering division, which also brought us the 86 Shooting Brake Concept a year ago. They built it to celebrate the Hilux becoming Australia’s best selling vehicle for the first time last year, which means that in a fair world, Toyota SA would owe us quite a few of these by now…
Although the Tonka Concept looks like it’s about to dice a Ford Raptor across the desert, Toyota actually decided to concentrate on the off-roading side of things rather than outright performance, meaning the big toy must make do with the stock 2.8-litre turbodiesel, good for 130kW and 450Nm.