The Toyota Hilux Mako is yet another version of the truck we want to try

This time it’s from New Zealand
by Drei Laurel | Oct 2, 2020
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Toyota keeps on finding ways to beef up the refreshed Hilux. The sad part, though, is that these versions of the truck will likely never make it to our shores.

The latest factory-modified Hilux comes from New Zealand. This is the Toyota Hilux Mako, which, in the Japanese car manufacturer’s own words, is “designed to eat small fry for breakfast.”

If it looks familiar, it’s because it carries a largely similar aesthetic to the Hilux Rugged X recently unveiled for the neighboring Australian market. The most glaring difference is that the Mako gets a body-color front bumper, less plastic bits, and no snorkel. It also runs on new 18-inch matte black alloy wheels wrapped in off-road tires.

Changes have been made to this Hilux’s suspension setup—the stock shock absorbers have been wrapped with ARB Old Man Emu BP-51s with user-adjustable compression. The brakes have also been altered, with Toyota opting to give the Mako larger discs up front with upgraded brake lines for better feedback and durability. Inside, you’ll find sports seats with different stitching and branding.

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Oh, and all of this is on top of the stock Hilux’s 2.8-liter turbodiesel with 201hp and 500Nm, by the way.

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 “We’ve taken a great truck and added some kiwi-muscle and flair. I’ve had lots of direct feedback from customers, and they wanted more power, a better ride, and premium interior comfort—the Hilux Mako delivers on all those requests,” Neeraj Lala, Toyota New Zealand’s chief executive, said in a statement.

“We have pushed the boundaries under the careful watch of local Toyota engineers to produce a unique bespoke truck that I think customers are just going to love.”

Like it? You’ll have to shell out $79,990 (around P2. million) New Zealand dollars for one. Add another $1,500 (P48,000) to thatm and the company will throw in a tow bar and rear tow hook kit. Worth it?

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