The 2022 Toyota Hilux and Fortuner GR Sport have officially landed in the Philippines. Toyota’s highly-popular pickup and pickup-based passenger vehicle (PPV) have finally been given the Gazoo Racing treatment, bringing with it improved aesthetics along with a promise of offering better handling.
Both rugged offerings get an upgraded exterior, with each model gaining a sportier front end design compared to the standard models. The Fortuner GR Sport gets a redesigned front and rear bumper, fog lamp garnish, body-colored wheel arch moldings and back door garnish, and two-tone rear spoiler. The Hilux GR Sport, on the other hand, gets a black gloss mesh front grille with the classic “TOYOTA” emblem, body-colored overfenders, and a sports bar in gloss black. Both models also have a black-tinted clear coating on their 18-inch alloy wheels with a machine-cut finish.
The color choices for the two GR Sport vehicles is pretty interesting. The Hilux GR Sport is available in Super White, Attitude Black Mica, and Emotional Red, while for the Fortuner GR Sport, you better like White Pearl Crystal Shine with a contrasting black roof because that’s your only choice.
Toyota has also upgraded the interior of the Hilux and Fortuner GR Sport. Both models possess a sporty leather steering wheel with red stitching, aluminum pedals, 8way power-adjustable sport-type front seats upholstered in a combination of suede and leather with red stitching, hood gas struts, and dual-zone climate control.
Unique to the Fortuner GR Sport is its faux matte carbon fiber trims on the center cluster, and hands-free powered tailgate. For the first time ever, the Hilux now comes with paddle shifters, though this is unique to the GR Sport variant.
Both models are also powered by a 2.8-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engine that’s been updated to now produce 201 hp at 3,400 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 1,600 to 2,800 rpm. Power is then sent through a 4WD system via a 6-speed automatic.
Toyota says that they were able to improve its handling by equipping both body-on-frame vehicles with KYB monotube shocks. Monotube shocks theoretically also improve a car’s rid. Let’s see how these two perform once we’re able to test these two vehicles in the real world.
As for safety, the Toyota Fortuner GR Sport comes with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver-assist systems that range from adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, just to name a few. This comes on top of a 360-degree camera system and front and rear parking sensors.
Disappointingly, the Toyota Hilux GR Sport still does not have the Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver assistance systems despite being the most expensive pickup currently on sale. It’s also the only pickup at its price point to not have a single driver assistance feature apart from its new 360-degree camera system. Because the one thing the Hilux always needed was a plethora of GR badging, bodykits, and monotube shocks.
The 2022 Toyota Hilux and Fortuner GR Sport will be available on all Toyota dealers starting on November 3 with the following prices:
Hilux GR Sport: P1,985,000 (+20,000 for Emotional Red)
Fortuner GR Sport: P2,509,000