Enthusiasts Toyota Builds Real-Life Hilux Tonka Toy

19:29  30 march  2017
19:29  30 march  2017 Source:   MSN

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Toyota Australia Builds Real - Life Hilux Tonka Toy . Posted in News on March 29, 2017 Comment (0). Share this. Edward A. Sanchez. Those of us that call ourselves enthusiasts today, whether of muscle cars, Jeeps, pickups, or anything else with wheels, likely played with some Tonka trucks growing up.

Well, some of us never out-grew the “playing with Tonka trucks” phase, and among that group are the product planning and development team at Toyota Australia. 1990 Toyota HiLux - Dangerous Ground.

Those of us that call ourselves enthusiasts today, whether of muscle cars, Jeeps, pickups, or anything else with wheels, likely played with some Tonka trucks growing up. Much to the chagrin of our mothers, we spent hours in the back yard on our knees, making “vroom” noises and crawling the trucks up and over any obstacles we could find. Well, some of us never out-grew the “playing with Tonka trucks” phase, and among that group are the product planning and development team at Toyota Australia. To commemorate the Hilux’s enduring popularity down under, the Team started with a 2017 Hilux and outfitted it with a laundry list of off-road hardware and accessories.

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READ MORE: Toyota teases real - life Tonka truck. SUPPLIED. 2017 Toyota HiLux Tonka Concept. 2017 Toyota HiLux Tonka Concept. The design team have not only made it look like a Tonka toy with its yellow paint scheme and chunky tyres but have also improved its off-road

READ MORE: Toyota teases real - life Tonka truck. SUPPLIED. 2017 Toyota HiLux Tonka Concept. 2017 Toyota HiLux Tonka Concept. The design team have not only made it look like a Tonka toy with its yellow paint scheme and chunky tyres but have also improved its off-road

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The team started off with a Hilux SR5 Double Cab, the highest trim level offered in Australia, equipped with Toyota’s new 1GD-FTV 2.8L turbodiesel I-4 engine. To give the truck more capability and agility on rugged terrain, the truck was fit with a 6-inch lift, portal axles, and 35-inch Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires. A custom front bumper and skidplate were specifically designed to maintain engine and cooling system air flow and remain compatible with the truck’s airbag system. Of course, as is all the current rage, the truck was outfitted with LED lightbars on the roof and front bumper. To further accentuate the truck’s tough demeanor, an air snorkel, aggressive fender flares, and a carbon fiber “power bulge” hood was fitted.

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Toyota has announced that it is building a real - life Tonka truck. This Tonka truck will be based on the company's top-selling HiLux . Toyota has just taken the first step in making a dream a reality by taking a page out of every boyhood dream to do so.

The real - life Tonka truck aims to build on the HiLux ’s popularity with its nostalgia-fuelled makeover – adding some serious hardware in addition to paint job. “We have taken Tonka out of the sand pit and reinvented HiLux from top to bottom and from nose to tail,” Toyota Product Design chief Nicolas

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Around back, the truck is fit with a custom carbon fiber-wrapped tailgate with two vent holes and a custom bed cage with the spare tire, diesel fuel cans, and recovery gear, including a fire extinguisher, shovel, axe, and high-lift off-road jack. Unfortunately, there are no production plans for this off-roader’s dream come truck, but you can enjoy this video of it playing in the sand in the meantime.

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