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The Toyota Hilux and Fortuner receive the Gazoo Racing treatment

If the Conquest and the LTD trim levels are not enough

Is it worth giving the Hilux and Fortuner some Gazoo Racing goodies? PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

We’ve known that the Toyota Hilux GR-S and Fortuner GR-S will be launched in our market toward the end of the year. After a brief appearance at the recently concluded second leg of the Vios Cup last October 16, they’re finally official.

The Hilux GR-S looks like a Conquest with color-matched fender flares. PHOTOS FROM TOYOTA

The Hilux GR-S receives a more aggressive front grille with the retro-style “Toyota” badge up front, gloss-black accents on the side mirrors, sport bar, and rear bumper. There are also color-matched fenders, sporty 18-inch alloy wheels, and a shark-fin antenna.

The Fortuner GR-S’s exterior changes include redesigned front and rear bumpers, a two-tone roof spoiler, body-colored trim (including the Fortuner text on the tailgate), new 18-inch wheels, and the necessary GR badges.

Both of the vehicles receive new GR-badged leather-and-suede seats, a redesigned steering wheel with a red center stripe, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, aluminum pedals, paddle shifters (a first on the Hilux), and red accents and smoked-chrome trim all around the cabin. The Fortuner also swaps the faux wood for carbon-fiber effect panels.

The Fortuner GR-S doesn't look too different from an LTD. PHOTOS FROM TOYOTA

While the Hilux GR-S gets an around-view monitor, there is no Toyota Safety Sense. On the other hand, the Fortuner GR-S receives an extensive TSS package, and a power tailgate with a kick sensor.

Both vehicles also now have hood dampers as standard, and new monotube shock absorbers said to offer an improved ride. You’ll also spot red GR brake calipers. Motivation is provided by the 2.8-liter 1GD-FTV turbodiesel with 201hp and 500Nm.

The Hilux GR-S is priced at P1,985,000, and comes in Attitude Black Mica and Super White. There is a P20,000 premium for the Emotional Red paint job. Meanwhile, the Fortuner GR-S costs P2,509,000 and has only one livery: White Pearl Crystal Shine with an Attitude Black Mica roof.

Sam Surla

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