Move over Hot wheels! Toyota and Tonka have worked together in creating a full-sized toy truck for grownups. At the very least, the Hilux Tonka Concept is a dream come true for those who grew up playing the rock climber in their own backyards.
The concept was created in celebration of Toyota’s 80th anniversary as well as Tonka’s 70th year in the market. Only last year, the Toyota HiLux has been touted as Australia’s best-selling vehicle. Given there are about 920,000 examples sold since its initial launch gives them another reason to celebrate. In any case, Toyota has reached over 16 million sales around the world with this pickup alone. This breakthrough has nonetheless brought Toyota Australia to do the majority of concept design, assembly and testing for the Tonka Hilux.
In a recent press release, Nicolas Hogios the chief for product design mentions how the HiLux Tonka concept can do more than what the SR5 double-cab pickup truck has been capable of all these years. To that end, the American toy producer and the Japanese brand combined each of their reputable characteristics to build such an amazing concept design.
First of all, the HiLux Tonka is relatively wider, taller and longer as compared with the standard Toyota HiLux utility truck. For this alone, the ground clearance has increased by 150mm or up to six more inches. Under the hood, the toy-truck inspired Toyota Tacoma (or the SR5) boasts a powerful 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine.
Aside from coming with tougher suspensions, the concept has other impressive new features including LED light bars, massive fender flares, 35-inch tires, larger skid plates, new roll bars and air scoops. The bed meanwhile comes with storage containers with detachable tubular frame to keep the tools in order. This concept has been equipped with high-lift jack, a shovel, an axe, a fire extinguisher and diesel fuel cans.
To complete its off-road appeal, the team presented the concept in the usual Tonka black over yellow livery—yes, just like the toy you have from the good old days. Still, the use of carbon fiber is very much evident on the concept particularly on the vehicle’s carbon-fiber skin.
The carbon fiber element was wrapped along the tailgate, hood, air scoops and spoiler to make it look more like that “toy for the big boy”. But since the HiLux Tonka is just a concept vehicle, all toy and HiLux enthusiasts will only catch it during 4WD events and promotional tours within Australia. That may be the hardest thing to imagine if you’re living somewhere else.