Toyota is known for its infamous Land-Cruiser variations that can tackle a variety of off-road courses, but this is a the HiLux based Toyota Tonka and it’s a dream to look at, and probably a dream to drive.
To celebrate the Tonka’s 70th anniversary, the team at Toyota set-up a dual-cab HiLux with some offroading goodies and a unique black and yellow paint job.
The Tonka concept was headed by design chief Nicolas Hogios who was in charge of the whole project, aimed at highlighting the fun aspect of Toyota. Wish something like this would make it to Dubai, to rival the F-150 Raptor.
“We have taken Tonka out of the sand pit and reinvented HiLux from top to bottom and from nose to tail, Inspired by the Tonka trucks that kids play with in their backyards, the HiLux Tonka Concept goes way beyond the already hugely capable abilities of HiLux to traverse rocks and other rugged terrain.” Hogios explained.
Unveiled in Sydney, Australia – the Toyota Tonka dictates the perseverance of the Australian product planning and development division which soldiered on despite the impending closure of its manufacturing facilities.
It doesn’t just look like a toy, it actually performs rather well according to the makers of the concept. The car’s huge tires and exotic paint scheme aren’t for decoration purposes. Its got major offroading equipment on board.
The team began work with a standard HiLux SR5 and installed new bodywork, a 150mm raised ride height, a heavy duty suspension and 35-inch tyres.
Then there is the alloy bash plate to protect the 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine and its oil sump. Side rails protect the body during rock climbs and roof-mounted LED lights accompanied by a snorkel ensure you have everything you need even during water crossings.
The tray can house a removable framework that can story a fire extinguisher, an axe, a spare wheel and a jack.
If you’re looking to fulfil your dreams and buy the Toyota Tonka, you’d be out of luck because it’s strictly a concept model and Toyota will be taking it for off-roading shows every now and then, but it won’t see the production factory floor anytime soon.