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TOYOTA MAY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE FORD RANGER RAPTOR, CHEVY COLORADO ZR2

They Have Also Updated The Hilux To Combat The New Ranger

Toyota HiLux Upgrades

Toyota Australia has recently announced that it will roll out several flagship upgrades for the Hilux, preparing it for the battle against the all-new Ford Ranger in Australia. The Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger have been competing for the top sales spot in Australia for some time. Additionally, Toyota have announced that they are working on a truck to fight against the Ford Ranger Raptor, Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, Jeep Gladiator, and other top-class off-roading midsize trucks.

The upcoming unnamed model Toyota truck will replace the Hilux Rugged X. According to Australian outlet CarsGuide, Toyota has stated that it will be an apex off-roader, meaning the Ford Ranger Raptor, Chevy Colorado ZR2, and GMC Canyon AT4X is about to have some significant competition. It’s unclear if there are plans to bring this upcoming truck to North America, but we are certainly hopeful.

Toyota HiLux Upgrades

Toyota Hilux Rogue: Updates

It has been made clear that there will also be updates coming to the flagship Rogue model of the Toyota Hilux, which will be getting a 140 mm (5.5 inches) wider track in both the front and rear, as well as a 20mm (0.8 inch) boost to the vehicles ground clearance. In addition, Toyota will be overhauling the front suspension set-up, with the front suspension arm and front stabilizer bar length extended along with the shock absorber angle changing to improve efficiency, says the report. At the vehicle’s rear, the axle lengths will be extended, and dampers will be shifted further toward the wheels. There is also a new rear stabilizer bar. All of this should improve vehicle performance off-road and on-road.

Toyota has also given the truck a tougher new look with the assistance of wider over fenders and new mudguards, along with a new design to the front end to make it look broader and angrier. We have seen other manufacturers doing something similar to their updated or next-generation trucks.

2023 2022 Ford Ranger T6.2 T6 P703 P703N Raptor
Image via Ford Performance.

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Ford Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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