Toyota Hilux fans should be very happy to hear about its new Mako package designed to shame the Ford Ranger Raptor for returning to extinction. However, only 250 learning will be produced, and the fact that it will only be available in New Zealand should dampen that excitement. The new package comes from Toyota’s New Zealand division, which will produce the limited-run pickup at its factory.
The Mako package, named after the porbeagle shark – the ocean’s fastest shark, adds a host of functional and visual enhancements. A suspension lift lifts the pickup 40 millimeters (1.57 inches) at the front and 50 mm (1.97 inches) at the rear while adjustable shocks provide superb off-road capability for variety of land. Inside, Toyota NZ adds a touch of style with the Mako badge embossed in the leather seats.
The Hilux power station remains unchanged for the Mako. The special pickup will use the Hilux’s 2.8-liter turbo-diesel which produces the same 201 horsepower (150 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque. For comparison, the Ranger Raptor uses a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine that develops 213 horsepower (158 kW) and 368 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. The division also added braided brake lines for added durability. Exterior visual changes include an LED light bar, stylized fender flares, an aggressive bumper, and bash plates.
Pickup trucks receive a lot of love from their manufacturers as their popularity grows. The return of the Ford Ranger to the United States and rumors of new competitors coming from both Ram and Hyundai mean people will want to stand out from the thousands of other midsize pickups, and one way to do that is to use props. Original equipment and aftermarket manufacturers and parts manufacturers are experiencing a resurgence in popularity, and Toyota New Zealand is looking to capitalize on this trend.