Expanding its Toyota GAZOO Racing lineup, Toyota Motor Philippines officially launches the GR Sport versions of its popular models, Fortuner and Hilux. The new GR model additions were first seen at the second leg of the Toyota GAZOO Racing Vios Cup. Racing fans were given a preview of the new Fortuner GR-S and Hilux GR-S, the new performance-oriented reinventions of Toyota’s Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle (IMV) models during a practice lap right before the races.
“We mark another milestone as we combine the reliable IMV platform with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s spirit of thrill!” TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto said at the official model launch.
The GR-S badge symbolizes the development of the vehicle guided by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing – Toyota’s global motorsports division focusing on specialized research and production of cars built with racing DNA.
“When Toyota Motor Philippines first introduced the IMV series in 2005, we had a vision of bringing dependable and durable vehicles perfect for the needs of Filipinos. 15 years later, our IMVs continue to be a worthy companion for adventures, daily trips, and tough demands of the country’s many roads,” Okamoto added. “Under the development of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, we are bringing the motorsports excitement to your daily drives with a sportier, heart-racing reinvention that pushes the limits of the models we know and love.”
TMP intends to make sportier options available for racing fans and motorsports enthusiasts who want to express this passion through their daily drivers. Now with the latest additions to the GR lineup, the daring and adventurous fans of TMP’s best-selling Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and Pickup get to experience the TGR thrill with their favorite Toyota models.
The new GR-S models get a striking and more aggressive exterior, with the Fortuner GR-S getting a redesigned front and rear bumper, fog lamp garnish, body color arch mould and back door garnish, and bi-tone rear spoiler. The Hilux GR-S gets a black gloss G-MESH front grille design with TOYOTA emblem across the model’s front., body color overfenders, sports bar in gloss black. Both models get black-tinted clear coating on its 18” alloy wheels with machine cut finish.
Get into the racetrack-ready mood with an interior that complements the sporty exterior – red, black, and smoke silver metallic accented GR interior for both models, leather with red stitching on the wheel, aluminum pedals, and sport type front seats with suede and leather material with red stitching. The Fortuner GR-S meanwhile gets Matte Carbon trims on the center cluster. Both models also get 8-Way Power Adjust seats and dual-zone A/C for a more comfortable ride, and the Hilux GR-S now comes with paddle shifters.
Truly made for thrilling drives, ingress is easier for anything an adventure can call for with Hood-Lift Assist for both models and kick-sensor for the Fortuner GR-S’ power back door.
A first for the Hilux lineup, the GR-S variant also now gets the Panoramic View Monitor. The Fortuner GR-S also get safety features found in the LTD and Q variants – Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and Adaptive Cruise Control under Toyota Safety Sense, and the Panoramic View Monitor. Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert is also available for the Fortuner GR-S.
The Fortuner GR-S and the Hilux GR-S both get new front GR brake calipers and the new monotube type suspension for a more stable, comfortable ride, and race-like steering feel. The Fortuner GR-S also gets rear GR brake calipers.
The GR and GR Sport badges complete the look for both models inside and out.
The new GR-S models will be available in all of TMP’s dealerships across the country starting November 3.
With Toyota’s extensive history in motorsports and inspired by the passion of its people and leaders like Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda himself, TMP aspires to make motorsports bigger and more widely known in the country.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing is bigger and better than ever with Toyota’s thrilling PH motorsports and e-motorsports events – TGR Vios Cup and the GR GT Cup, and its ever-growing local lineup which includes the locally-manufactured Vios GR-S, the heart-racing GR Supra and GR Yaris, and the daring new additions – the Hilux GR-S and the Fortuner GR-S.