It seems the Toyota Hilux GR Sport is getting its own different versions depending on the market. The sportier pickup is already confirmed to arrive in the Philippines soon along with a Fortuner GR Sport, with a few leaked photos already surfacing over social media. While we wait for the ASEAN Hilux GR Sport to arrive soon, which is based on the Thai-market model, here’s a quick look at Japan’s version of the Hilux GR Sport.
The JDM Hilux GR Sport does look similar to the ASEAN version, but there are a few minor differences. The gloss black foglight housings are smaller in the Japanese version, and there’s also a notable lack of black and red exterior graphics. Other than that, the two versions share the same painted wheel arch extensions, alloy wheel designs, and GR Sport badging placements.
As for the interior, it also looks largely similar to the ASEAN Hilux GR Sport. The two versions share the same GR Sport steering wheel, sport seats, push-button start, and GR-specific multi-information display and gauges. Though being based on Japan’s Z variant, their Hilux GR Sport benefits from dual-zone climate control, and the Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver assist systems, which consists of automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, just to name a few.
One advantage that the ASEAN Hilux GR Sport benefits from is its standard 2.8-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engine that produces 201 hp and 500 Nm of torque. The JDM version sticks with the smaller 2.4-liter turbo diesel that produces 148 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Like the ASEAN version, the JDM model uses a 6-speed automatic.
Regardless if it’s the Japanese or ASEAN model, the Hilux GR Sport gets a retuned suspension, which Toyota Japan says is for improved handling and steering response. The ASEAN version gets upgraded monotube shocks, which should also provide the same improvements.
With all of these said, do you prefer the ASEAN Toyota Hilux GR Sport or the JDM version?