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2007-10-15 07:55
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Toyota
Model Hilux TRD
Engine 4-Litre, V6, Supercharged
Power 238kW
Toyota has showcased a supercharged version of the Hilux four-wheel drive double-cab at the Melbourne International Motor Show.

Sporting the company's in-house tuner TRD's moniker this supercharged bakkie is Toyota's interpretation of what a Hilux sports-bakkie should represent.

Visually arresting thanks to its TRD body kit, the bakkie has an aggressive front end with deeply recessed fog lamps in the front bumper that features a large central cooling slot too.

The rear of the vehicle features a vertical graphic and colour-coded bumper, while the front has an embossed TRD logo on the grille upper frame and a signature graphic on the mesh.

Driving lights have been added and protected by a unique surround, while the B pillars have been blacked out to visually extend the glass side areas.

A revised side step with the TRD logo also defines the vehicle's profile. To complete the tray area, a sports bar has been designed in black to pick up the colour cues evident on the sides and back of the vehicle. This sports bar also incorporates the TRD branding.

The TRD Hilux rides on 17-inch six-spoke wheels. This wheel design was chosen to suggest motion even when the vehicle is stationary. TRD graphics feature prominently to clearly differentiate it from existing Hilux vehicles.

Production versions of the TRD Hilux will have a 4.0-litre V6 supercharged engine to boost performance to an estimated 238kW, in line with TRD's mission to offer customers integrated performance vehicles.

The TRD will also have upgraded suspension, brakes and other performance enhancements. Toyota anticipates that TRD Hilux will be launched in Australia by the end of 2007.

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