November 20, 2018
São Paulo, Brazil was home to a host of brand new vehicles in November 2018, Vanman takes a look at some of the new pick-ups which led the way!
Toyota vans have teamed up with their sporty Gazoo Racing brand to produce the striking Toyota Hilux GR Sport pick-up. This is a particularly limited edition model, with only 420 models being produced exclusively for the Brazilian market when they go in sale in 2019, so unfortunately for UK buyers we may never see the GR Sport on our shores.
One model that will be coming to the UK is the limited edition Toyota Hilux Invincible 50 pick-up
Main modifications to the Hilux GR Sport models are cosmetic. The Gazoo Racing decal package adds stripes across the flanks of the pick-up and they are finished in black and red with white body coloured models, white and red with black body coloured models or black and white with red body coloured models. White coloured pick-ups also have a black bonnet available.
The toll bars, door mirrors and front grille of the pick-up are blacked out, with the front fog lamps surrounds getting contrasting highlights. Exterior modifications are completed with a set of black 17-inch alloy wheels. There’s also tweaks inside the GR Sport pick-up, with the leather seats featuring contrasting red stitching and Gazoo Racing logos stitched into the headrests. GR branding doesn’t stop there, there’s also the starter button and a numbered plaque behind the gear selector.
The only change in terms of the mechanics of the Toyota Hilux GR Sport comes to the suspension of the pick-up, with new dampers and firmer spring.
Volkswagen vans are looking to add to their appeal in the pick-up market with the launch of the Tarok, the brand revealed a concept model of the pick-up at the São Paulo Motorshow and revealed that a production model is on the way with ‘barely any changes’ from the pick-up that they had on display. The compact 4×4 will join the Brazilian market in 2019 and be offered with the option of diesel or petrol powertrains.
There’s no confirmation if the Tarok will be venturing from the Brazilian market, however there is a thought that it may make its way to Europe at the back end of 2019 and rival compact 4×4 vehicles such as the Suzuki Jimny.
The Tarok receives four seats and a variable loading area which can be extended with a rear hatch which allows long items such as planks of wood, copper pipes and ladders to be pushed through the cabin. Rear seating also folds flat so that you can load items to the front seat backs. The engine line-up of the pick-up will feature the 1.4-litre TSI petrol and 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines both delivering 150ps. All models will get 4Motion all-wheel drive as standard.
Another pick-up concept on display, this time from Nissan vans. The Nissan Frontier Sentinel pick-up concept is designed for rescue missions in all types of terrain in Brazil. The new pick-up integrates numerous features including a duo of battery packs from the Nissan LEAD for auxiliary power, with the load bed modified to accommodate the battery packs and also features a set of drawers for storage of gloves, helmets, ropes, torches and other equipment. The top area of the load bed features a deployable platform which a drone can take off and land, whilst a strengthened roll bar stretches across the sides of the bed, which offers additional space to store rescue equipment and two power outlets.
There’s also the ability to navigate deep-water crossings with a snorkel and a special lighting system on top of the windshield. Inside of the pick-up is an electric-yellow dashboard and central console, the same shade of yellow as on the seat trim and stitches.
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