Toyota GR Hilux to join 2022 Dakar Rally with Land Cruiser V6 engine

Updated Feb 24, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It comes with the biggest technological leap for the Toyota Dakar program.

The Toyota Hilux is one familiar pickup truck in the world of Dakar Rally as it has been around in the competition since 2011. But now, the Japanese automaker is bringing in a different form of the model called the GR DKR Hilux T1+. It is confirmed to be joining the Dakar 2022 which will commence on January 2.

Toyota GR DRK Hilux T1+ front view

All-new Toyota GR DRK Hilux T1+

Recognized as the biggest technological leap for the Toyota Dakar program, the all-new Toyota Hilux GR DKR Hilux T1+ is developed to offer an even more rugged off-road performance that can be handy at Dakar’s several thousand-kilometer rally routes. The Dakar 2022 will be taking place in Saudi Arabia.

“Our all-new Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+ has progressed extremely well over the last few months of development and we are confident that it is now ready to take on the Dakar Rally. We’ve officially taken it out of the prototype program, and will now continue to refine the car in time for January’s race,” said GR South Africa Team Principal Glyn Hall.

Toyota GR DRK Hilux T1+ front view

More off-road capable than ever

Under the hood, the Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+ is powered by a new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine found in the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser GR Sport. It makes more power than the previous rally Hilux engine at 400 hp and 660 Nm of torque. The engine is connected to a SADEV 6-speed sequential shift.

To tackle rough off-road conditions, the suspension system has been lifted from 280 to 350mm. Meanwhile, the tire size has increased from 32 to 37 inches, as well as the width from 245mm to 320mm. To note, this isn’t the final production of the all-new model and more refinements are expected to be added.

“I continue to be impressed by the new car, particularly by the rough terrain that its new, bigger tires allow us to tackle. The engine delivers excellent power and torque and we are looking forward to testing the car in race conditions this weekend,” said 2022 Dakar Rally Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+ Driver Nasser Al-Attiyah.

Toyota GR DKR Hilux T1+ rear view

Ready to take on the challenge

Although Filipino car buyers won’t likely get a production version of a Toyota Hilux Dakar Edition, they can at least get their hands on the new Toyota Hilux GR Sport. This trim of the midsize pickup truck comes with additional sporty elements that should fancy those who are fond of living in the fast lane.

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Know more about Toyota Hilux 2023

Toyota Hilux

The Toyota Hilux 2023 is a midsize pickup offered in the local market as both fleet and regular units. Toyota Hilux Prices Philippines range from PHP 861,000 to PHP 2,057,000 with 14 variants, spanning from the basic cab & chassis 4x2 model to the range-topping GR Sport 4x4. It is also available in two turbodiesel engine options and four gearbox choices, accompanied by eight exterior colors. Dimensions start at 5,285mm in height, 1,800mm in width, and 1,700mm in height, with a wheelbase of 3,085mm. Among the rivals to the Toyota Hilux in the market are the Mitsubishi Strada, Nissan Navara, Ford Ranger, and the Isuzu D-Max.

This popular pickup continues to evolve and slowly move upmarket after gaining luxuries. The most significant revolutionary jump of the Hilux happened in 2004 when the seventh-generation of the model was introduced. It was the first 21st-century iteration of Toyota's pickup. It is also the first generation to ride on Toyota’s new Innovative Multi-purpose Vehicle architecture. It provided improved safety, better ride comfort, modern D-4D diesel engines, more interior space, and a more modern aerodynamic body.

The current 8th generation offers a more refined and stylish design than its predecessor, but the tradition of being a tough pickup continues. It received a much-awaited refresh in 2020. 

₱ 861,000 - ₱ 2,057,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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