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Where the Toyota Hilux GR-Sport ranks in South Africa’s competitive bakkie segment

Toyota has given its popular Hilux bakkie an athletic makeover with the new GR-Sport model, which boasts additional cosmetics and more power over the standard model.

The new double cab is currently available in South Africa in one specification with a starting price of R865,400.

Gazoo Racing

Befitting the GR designation, the new bakkie has been given an additional 15kW and 50Nm bringing its power up to a total of 165kW and 550Nm.

The 2.8-litre turbocharged diesel drivetrain is then paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with a limited-slip differential, which sends power down to the part-time four-wheel-drive system.

As a result, the 4×4 will average 8.0l/100km on a combined fuel cycle while its top speed is pegged at 175km/h.

The bakkie is further able to accommodate a load of 790kg in the rear tray and tow a maximum of 3,500kg, as well as wade through 700mm of water thanks to a ground clearance of 286mm.

Moving away from the powertrain, the GR-Sport features a number of new visual elements such as a set of 17-inch alloy wheels with taller profile tyres, GR stickers, a black grille with a GR-branded crossbar, one of four GR-specific paint jobs, and black mirror caps, door handles, and side steps.

Inside, the upholstery is now made from a combination of suede, cloth, and leather, the dashboard features a carbon fibre trim with red accents, and aluminium paddle shifters are found behind the leather multifunction steering wheel.

Additionally, the instrument cluster has a new look with red needles and metallic bezels, and the GR logo is plastered in various areas from the seats to the push-start button.

Finally, owners will be treated to an 8-inch infotainment unit with smartphone pairing, dual-zone climate control, hill assist, traction control, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure alert, a rear-view camera, and adaptive cruise control.

Off-road competition

The new Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 double cab 4×4 GR-Sport has a starting price of R865,400, which includes a 3-year/100,000km warranty and a 9-service/90,000km service plan.

This is how the sporty double cab compares to other similarly-priced alternatives that are currently on sale in South Africa.


Power

Model Power
Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 GR-Sport  165kW/550Nm
Ford Ranger 2.0-Bi-Turbo 4×4 Stormtrak 157kW/500Nm
Isuzu D-Max 3.0TD V-Cross 4×4 140kW/450Nm
Mazda BT-50 3.0TD 4×4 Individual 140kW/450Nm
Nissan Navara 2.5 DDTi Pro-4X 140kW/450Nm
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4DI-D 4×4 Xtreme 133kW/420Nm
VW Amarok 2.0BiTDI Highline 4Motion auto 132kW/420Nm


Maximum payload

Model Maximum payload
Mazda BT-50 3.0TD 4×4 Individual 1,220kg
Ford Ranger 2.0-Bi-Turbo 4×4 Stormtrak 1,000kg
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4DI-D 4×4 Xtreme 1,030kg
Nissan Navara 2.5 DDTi Pro-4X 1,003kg
Isuzu D-Max 3.0TD V-Cross 4×4 970kg
VW Amarok 2.0BiTDI Highline 4Motion auto 838kg
Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 GR-Sport 790kg


Towing capacity

Model Towing capacity
Ford Ranger 2.0-Bi-Turbo 4×4 Stormtrak 3,500kg
Isuzu D-Max 3.0TD V-Cross 4×4 3,500kg
Mazda BT-50 3.0TD 4×4 Individual 3,500kg
Nissan Navara 2.5 DDTi Pro-4X 3,500kg
Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 GR-Sport 3,500kg
VW Amarok 2.0BiTDI Highline 4Motion auto 3,200kg
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4DI-D 4×4 Xtreme 3,100kg


Maximum wading depth

Model Wading depth
Ford Ranger 2.0-Bi-Turbo 4×4 Stormtrak 800mm
Isuzu D-Max 3.0TD V-Cross 4×4 800mm
Mazda BT-50 3.0TD 4×4 Individual 800mm
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4DI-D 4×4 Xtreme 700mm
Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 GR-Sport 700mm
VW Amarok 2.0BiTDI Highline 4Motion auto 500mm
Nissan Navara 2.5 DDTi Pro-4X 450mm


Pricing

Model Pricing
Ford Ranger 2.0-Bi-Turbo 4×4 Stormtrak R874,100
Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 GR-Sport R865,400
VW Amarok 2.0BiTDI Highline 4Motion auto R847,000
Isuzu D-Max 3.0TD V-Cross 4×4 R835,100
Mazda BT-50 3.0TD 4×4 Individual R818,400
Nissan Navara 2.5 DDTi Pro-4X R812,900
Mitsubishi Triton 2.4DI-D 4×4 Xtreme R758,990


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