To commemorate the five decades of Toyota’s legendary pick-up, the Japanese brand has launched a special edition called Toyota Hilux Invincible 50, which offers a more aggressive aesthetic, wider equipment and greater exclusivity compared to the standard vehicle . Something that was achieved thanks to the collaboration between the Japanese manufacturer and the famous Icelandic trainer Arctic Trucks. Arctic Trucks is a specialist in the preparation of all-terrain vehicles capable of conquering the most inhospitable places on the planet, creations that have earned it a worldwide reputation. And because of their exposure on television shows like Top Gear, many manufacturers have decided to team up with these Icelanders to create more capable versions of their series production models. This is the case with brands like Isuzu, with vehicles like the Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35. And also Toyota, with the new Toyota Hilux Invincible 50. In fact, it is not the first time that Arctic Trucks and Toyota collaborate to create a unique vehicle, since for years it was offered in markets like the United Arab Emirates, special versions of the huge Land Cruiser 200. Like the latter, the new Toyota Hilux Invincible 50 for the UK features larger all-terrain tires – BF Goodrich KO2 in size 265/75 R16 – fitting specific 16-inch wheels. It has Bilstein suspensions that improve the absorptive capacity and articulation in relation to a Toyota Hilux as standard, raising the ground clearance by 40 mm in the front and 20 mm in the rear.Other highlights include bucket protection bars, which include four LED headlamps at the top, extended wheel arches and identification plates that show on the outside. For the protection of exterior design it provided chevrolet corvette covers. These are also present in the passenger compartment, where it also shows the number that indicates which unit is treated in relation to the total production of 50 copies. Although the price of the Toyota Hilux Invincible 50 has not yet been announced, UK brand dealers will begin accepting orders from Nov. 1 and the first units will not reach customers by December.
2019 – TOYOTA PRIUS
The mid-life upgrade of the Toyota Prius comes with numerous innovations, a renewal of the hybrid of the Japanese brand, which will allow to face the last stage of commercial life of the current generation of this iconic model. One of the great ‘shortcomings’ of the current Toyota Prius is its innovative aesthetic, a futuristic exterior design that distances itself much from the design language that the brand offers in the rest of its line of models. This mid-life upgrade attempts to remedy this ‘failure’ of the Prius, giving it a slightly more conventional image, debuting a front and a rear with slight improvements, in order to offer a renewed image. The main headlights are of a simpler design and include LED technology, as well as vertically arranged LED daytime running lights, and less drawback taillights. The Japanese manufacturer also took the opportunity to introduce new exterior colors and new designs for the 15-inch alloy wheels. The interior has also been revised, highlighting the massive 12-inch infotainment system screen, plus configurable digital instrumentation based on two 4.2-inch displays, Head-Up Display and new connectivity options. Regarding the mechanics, one of the most relevant news of the new Toyota Prius 2019 is related to the arrival of a new version with all-wheel drive, the Prius AWD-e, which adds an electric motor to boost the rear wheels, which only acts before certain always at speeds below 70 km / h. The new Prius AWD-e features a new battery and comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense system, a package that brings together various roadside assistance, among which stand out the unintentional shift warning, pre-crash warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, smart beam, etc.
2019 – TOYOTA SUPRA NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
Toyota revealed in the United States the version of Supra destined to compete in the Xfinitiy Series of NASCAR, the second most important category of the competition. This confirms the information that came up a few weeks earlier, which ensured that the Japanese brand planned to replace the current Toyota Camry with the new generation of Supra, which happens for the first time since Toyota participates in this specialty. Up until now, it had always competed with versions of Camry, the best-selling sedan on the American market. As it can be appreciated in the images, the model seems very different, but the truth is that it only changes, since like all participants of this competition, the model that represents only counts on traces in its outer shell, the rest corresponds to a common base which all participants share, both chassis and mechanics. Hence Supra appears grotesquely deformed on this three-volume body. Underneath the body comes the specifications corresponding to the Xfinitiy ‘Car of Tomorrow’ (Xfinitiy CoT), similar but not identical to the CoT that is used in the maximum category of the competition, the NASCAR Cup Series. It has a tubular chassis that is common to all participants, both the Toyota model and the Camaro and Mustang. The engine is also common, a 5.8-liter push-rod V8 aspirated with a four-speed manual transmission. This assembly is manufactured by General Motors for all participants and has a power between 650 and 700 hp, but once added the mandatory intake flanges, these numbers are reduced up to 450 hp. That’s why we can say that this is the only Supra with official eight-cylinder engine, but the truth is that the technical basis has little or nothing to do with Toyota. The few noticeable features of the new Toyota Supra Xfinity Series reveal what was expected to see in the production version, such as headlights and the bumper with large air intakes. All this was also present in the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept that was revealed a few months ago during the Geneva Motor Show 2018. Next weekend we will see the production version in Goodwood, although it is not yet known if it will lose the camouflage with which it has already been presented.
2019 – TOYOTA YARIS GR SPORT
The Paris Salon 2018 is approaching and most of the brands began to advance the news that will be showing next October at the French automobile event. The Japanese brand has unveiled the new Toyota Yaris GR Sport, a new level of finish of the model, which will complete the line with a dynamic-looking version that will surely catch the attention of the younger crowd. This aesthetic version similar to the Yaris GRMN will be available only with the five-door body and will not have mechanical improvements other than a suspension that has been lowered by 11 mm, a new stabilizer bar and Sachs Performance shock absorbers, a series of modifications that promise to improve the performance. The only engine that will be available will be the hybrid based on a 1.5-liter petrol engine that develops 100 horsepower. Outwardly it will be recognized for its unique exterior details, which include specific design bumpers, red details, black-painted mirrors and ceiling, blackened rear windows and completing its sporty image, 17-inch alloy wheels also painted of black. The interior of this new level of dynamic focus finishing has also been reviewed. The GR Sport versions add drafting seats, which include a specific fabric-leather upholstery, as well as exclusive trims for this version, three-spoke sports steering wheel, specific rugs, aluminum pedals, etc. Its arrival in the market is expected for the end of this year of 2018, only a few weeks after its presentation that will happen in the Hall of Paris, that will be celebrated in October. For now the manufacturer has not revealed what their prices will be, nor will be the equipment that will be available in this new version of dynamic aspect.
2018 – TOYOTA C-HR US VERSION
The model represents Akio Toyoda’s determination to offer great stylistic freedom and promote creativity within the engineering department to create a stylish car that delivers great driving pleasure. The unique personality of the Toyota C-HR demonstrates the flexibility that the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform offered vehicle developers in three areas: design, engine and dynamics, enabling them to deliver a renewed crossover proposition, refers to their style coupe lines. As a result, the Toyota C-HR remains true to the characteristics of the concept car that attracted so many looks in the salons of Paris in 2014 and Frankfurt in 2015. In addition, the model brings a novelty to the segment with the introduction of a unprecedented 1.8L hybrid powertrain, enabling the driving experience to be seamlessly aligned with today’s urban lifestyle and with a level of efficiency never seen in the crossover segment. Finally, driven by the vision of its chief engineer, Hiroyuki Koba, ‘Response, linearity and consistency’, the C-HR’s handling was inspired by the modern hatchbacks in terms of steering precision and control, due to the improvement of the new Toyota platform and its low center of gravity. The intention was to make the C-HR pleasant to drive, not only in large urban centers, but on roads around the world, regardless of pavement condition, offering excellent control and maneuverability. Aware of the already crowded crossover market, the development team decided from the outset to focus on a clear and unique image of the customer. He is a driver driven by emotion, who wants to stand out and likes to be the first to enjoy new products and experiences. He looks for style and sees the car as an extension of his personality. And, since he lives mostly in the city, his car needs to accompany him while moving through the traffic of large urban centers. In response to the tastes and needs of this customer, the Toyota C-HR features a distinctive style that brings dynamism and fluidity to the crossover market. The final product remains remarkably true to the concept car that was first shown at the Paris Motor Show in 2014.
Featuring a diamond-inspired body with the part that surrounds the wheels emphasizing the concept of strength and sturdiness, the C-HR’s modulated structure combines a low-ceiling profile with a high floor clearance in an elegant coupe-style cabin. The front represents an evolution in Toyota’s concept of visual identity ‘Keen Look’. The top grille flows from the logo in the center until you find the ends of the aggressive style LED headlights that completely enclose the front of the vehicle to the sides. At the rear, there is the opening of the doors located in the upper part and the LED lamps in boomerang format, transmitting an even greater characteristic of aggressiveness and robustness to the crossover. The C-HR is the result of global cooperation between Toyota’s three design centers located on three different continents and was led by Kazuhiko Ozawa, the project’s chief designer. The original exterior design was created by the design studio in Calty, California. The Toyota C-HR will be equipped with a line of engines developed to deliver exactly the pleasure of driving that customer seeks. Equipped with the newest generation of hybrid propulsion, the C-HR has CO2 emissions of less than 90 g / km, unmatched in its segment. Producing 120 horsepower, the new 1.8L engine is lighter and more efficient, as well as delivering better performance than its predecessor. In addition, changes in its design resulted in a thermal efficiency of the order of 40%. Other components also became lighter, smaller and were repositioned in search of optimization of the system, in addition to contributing to the lower center of gravity of the car. The Toyota C-HR still has a 1.2L turbo version of 113 horsepower, which made its debut in the Auris compact. In it, it is possible to choose a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic, it is available in the 4×2 and 4×4 versions. To close the power options, a 2.0L version with CVT transmission is only available in some markets.
With its low center of gravity and multilink rear suspension, the new TNGA platform provided an ideal starting point to ensure that all the features of the chassis could be designed to provide an immediate and natural response to the driver’s actions. In particular, the steering has been designed to be perfectly linear, making the Toyota C-HR a much better driving precision than the average crossovers. In line with Toyota’s strategy to democratize advanced safety equipment, the C-HR will be equipped with technology usually reserved for higher-end models. The Toyota Safety Sense System, which will be offered as standard equipment in the C-HR, includes items such as: pre-collision system, range-change alert, Road Sign Assist and Automatic High beam, as well as pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control . The Toyota C-HR will be produced at the company’s industrial plant in Sakarya, Turkey. This is the first time a hybrid model will be produced in that country.