With version III, Toyota has given the Hilux GR-S a few tweaks that keep it in the performance ballpark against similar offerings from Ford and Volkswagen while providing improved ride and handling as well as interior comfort.

Featuring a spacious double cab, the Hilux GR-S III boasts a towing capability of 3 500 kg and its enhanced 140 mm front and 155 mm rear tread provides that improved ride quality. On and off-road capabilities are improved thanks to a reduced roll angle and more precise steering response.

Under the hood, the 2,8-litre turbo-diesel engine delivers 165 kW and 550 Nm of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota Hilux GR-S III on sand dune

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Black over-fenders accentuate the GR-S III's stance, while the new 17-inch black alloy wheels enhance its appearance. These wheels, with red brake callipers, also contribute to performance by reducing aerodynamic drag and wheel weight.

Distinctive exterior details set the Hilux GR-S III apart, including a black G mesh front grille with the classic Toyota name logo, black sidesteps, mirrors, and door handles. A silver-coloured protective front underguard, black rear bumper, and distinctive GR logos complete the look.

Toyota Hilux GR-S III interior

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The cabin features a black monochrome theme with sporty red accents, such as contrasting red seat belts, while the black suede and leather sport seats, with silver stitching and perforation, provide both comfort and better grip, minimising sliding during higher lateral forces. The Hilux GR-S III also boasts Toyota’s multimedia system, operated via an 8-inch touchscreen display, now paired with a JBL sound system featuring nine speakers. 

With an increase in approach angle from 29 to 30 degrees and improved ground clearance, the GR-S III extends its off-road prowess. This is achieved through a 20 mm increase in ride height and a tread increase of 140 mm at the front and 155 mm at the rear.

Aerodynamically, the GR-S III has a new air curtain structure and a redesigned bumper featuring a functional fog lamp bezel to optimise drag efficiency and reduce turbulence in the wheel arch.

Toyota Hilux GR-S II rear view on sand duneThe lighter 17-inch wheels are equipped with all-terrain tyres for better grip and overall stability. Enhanced braking is provided by front discs expanded from 16 to 17 inches and new 15-inch rear discs, replacing the previous drum brakes. 

The Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 DC 4×4 GR Sport III is priced at R999 000 and comes standard with a 9-service/90 000 km service plan (with intervals of 10 000 km) and a 3-year/100,000 km warranty.

Colin Windell