Hilux Mako Is the Rugged Truck We Want From Toyota

Toyota has built a Raptor-rivalling version of its new Hilux, the Mako, with uprated suspension on the lifted truck and a skid plate ensuring that there’s little that will stop it.

It’s not all for show, with the upgrades improving the Hilux’s capabilities. Lifted by 40mm and the front and 50mm at the rear, the Hilux Mako includes Old Man Emu BP-51 bypass dampers that allow for adjustable compression and rebound.

Toyota Hilux Mako

Brakes have been upgraded with larger diameter front discs, while the brake lines are switched to stainless steel braided lines that increase hydraulic pressure on the pedal. As well as improving feel and feedback, this also improves safety thanks to being more durable than standard rubber lines.

Other functional changes include the addition of an LED light bar, a metal skid plate under the modified front bumper, strong side steps and flared fenders. A set of 18-inch Rhino alloy wheels set off the exterior style, while Make-embossed bucket seats are the interior highlight.

Toyota Hilux Mako

It uses the same 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine that will arrive in UK specification Hilux’s later in the year.

“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,” explained Hilux driver and Toyota New Zealand’s chief executive, Neeraj Lala. “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.

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“If I had to jump out of my GR Supra, this truck needed to be perfect, and I’m excited about jumping into a black one.”

Toyota Hilux Mako interior

Just 250 of the Hilux Mako will be built, none of which will make it to the UK. This is a New Zealand project, where buyers will be expected to hand over around £41,000 for their own personally built model.

Toyota Hilux Mako rear