Toyota Hilux Revo GR Sport in Thailand with high and low chassis options

Toyota has launched the Hilux Revo GR Sport in Thailand, with two different suspension heights, exclusive sporty features and the GR badge, starting at a price of Baht 889,000.

The current 8th generation Toyota Hilux Revo 2022 made its debut in 2015 and will be revised twice in 2017 and 2020. The latest version has a more sporty look and is powered by a 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine that has been retuned to produce 204ps/3,400rpm and 51.0kgm/1,600~2,800rpm of peak torque. The GR Sport models are all equipped with the same powertrain, with differences in suspension height, body kit and interior equipment, while the low-suspension version is rear-wheel drive and the high-suspension model is four-wheel drive with differential locking.

Features of Hilux Revo:

For the chassis, the Hilux Revo GR Sport has a reinforced SuperFlex suspension with Monotube dampers, while the low-suspension version has a 23mm lower height for greater handling agility. Both models feature red front brake callipers and the rear wheel maintains a drum brake setup.

The low-suspension version has a streamlined aerodynamic package with a front lower spoiler, side skirts and rear air splitter, 17″ tyres and street tyres. The front bumper also incorporates fog lights and a black bottom guard, while the wheel arches are painted in the same colour as the car.

The cabin is finished in black with red stitching and sports seats with the GR logo embroidered on the headrests, as well as GR pedals, red positioning markings on the steering wheel, GR instrument panel and GR engine start/stop.

Known for its high durability and reliability, the Toyota Hilux was introduced in July 2019 and has become a popular choice for pick-up truck owners in China, with over 1,200 units sold in the first half of 2020. The Hilux Revo GR Sport is currently only available in Thailand and is expected to become a model for those who are keen on personalisation.

Toyota Hilux Revo 2022  VS Isuzu D-Max: Who will be the Winner?

Firstly, the Hilux Revo, based on a new platform and with a new engine and gearbox, is a new model. On the outside you can see the daytime running lights and projector lenses, and the quality of the interior settings has also been improved, especially the instrumentation. As for the D-Max minor facelift, there are not many exterior changes as it is only a minor facelift. The D-Max has been given a slight facelift, with new daytime running lights on the headlights and a change in the fog lamp holders, as seen in the photos. The interior has also been given a new 8-inch screen, which allows for more information to be displayed. Here the D-Max appears to have been changed less than the new Hilux, mainly because it is only a minor facelift, so the D-Max is a little less impressive.

In terms of safety equipment, the Hilux Revo is equipped with 7 airbags, VSC, TCS, ABS and EBD in the highest level in the overseas version, and I believe that these equipment will not be missing when it comes to China. It is not known if the D-Max will be available in a 6 airbag version. The Hilux also leads this round for the time being.

The Hilux is equipped with Toyota’s newly developed GD series diesel engine, which is 100cc smaller than the old KD series in terms of exhaust volume, but has a significantly higher fuel consumption and engine output performance, and has reached the EURO5 standard. The diesel engine in the Hilux Revo 2.4, codenamed 2GD-FTV, produces 150hp at 3,400rpm and 400Nm at 1,600-2,000rpm (343Nm at 1,400-2,800rpm with the five-speed manual), while the 2.8L diesel engine, codenamed 1GD-FTV, produces 177hp at 3.400rpm with the six-speed manual, The new GD series diesel engines are equipped with direct injection, exhaust gas recirculation system and variable geometry turbocharging. According to official information, the new GD series has a 10% improvement in fuel consumption compared to the old KD series.

As for the D-Max, although the old 2.5L diesel engine had excellent fuel consumption, its power performance was a little less than satisfactory. The gearbox remains the same as the 6-speed manual, but the automatic transmission has been upgraded to a 6-speed, which is expected to further improve power and performance.

In terms of engine performance, although the Hilux Revo has more horsepower than the D-Max 1.9, the difference is actually not too big, and both sides use a 6-speed automatic, so this round can be said to be a draw.

Summing up

The new Isuzu D-Max 1.9 versus the Toyota Hilux Revo – who would you choose? The new Isuzu D-Max 1.9 versus the Toyota Hilux Revo – who would you choose? On paper, the D-Max is a little less impressive, but the D-Max is only a minor facelift and it seems unfair to compare it with a brand new model, but as the two top selling pickups in Thailand, they should actually be neck and neck in terms of strength.

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