• Mar 28, 2012
The Toyota Hilux can attribute a fair portion of the its celebrity to the Top Gear crew's exuberant doting. After attempting to destroy the truck via a smattering of inhumane methods, traversing the frozen wastes of Antarctica the Arctic and braving the fires of Icelandic volcanoes, the show has given the globe-conquering Toyota more love than nearly any other model.

It looks as if that won't slow down anytime soon. According to Toyota, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will once again take to the wheel of a specially-prepared Hilux for an all new challenge.

Just what will that task entail? Toyota is keeping its mouth shut at the moment, and Top Gear isn't typically one for spilling secrets early. Judging by the photos, however, it appears as if the vehicle will need to withstand substantial water crossings and support the trio for at least one night in the wild. Color us excited. Hit the jump for some of the vehicle's finer moments on the show.

UPDATE: We mistakenly said the Top Gear crew visited Antarctica, which is false as they were aiming for the North Pole in the Arctic. Thanks, Mark!






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      Mark Stevenson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Antarctica? Yes, because their starting point - Alert, Nunavut, Canada - is OBVIOUSLY in Antarctica. And the North Pole is definitely in the Southern Hemisphere. Fuckin' hell.
      David G.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since when was the magnetic north pole near Antarctica?
        3waygeek
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David G.
        Well, the last time was probably about 800,000 years ago. http://www.geomag.bgs.ac.uk/education/reversals.html#3
      Wasabi Shiba
      • 2 Years Ago
      Top Gear did NOT go to Antarctica. They went to the North Pole in the Arctic.
        3waygeek
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wasabi Shiba
        Actually, it was the magnetic North Pole, not the geographic pole. If you watch it carefully, when Clarkson & May reach their destination, there's a brief shot of the Hilux's GPS -- IIRC, it shows a latitude in the high seventies or low eighties. The geographic North Pole, by definition, is at 90 degrees north.
      Drachen
      • 2 Years Ago
      IIRC, the Hilux that was used for the Iceland show was one of the camera/support trucks for the trip to the North Pole.
      THomas
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chances are they might be going to russia, since its one place they have not done before and is ultimate offroad experience. In one of the latest episodes of TG they told they were in moscow but didnt tell what they were doing there.
      Vien Huynh
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Icelandic" volcanoes and Antartica are not really that close together u know
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vien Huynh
        That show how tough this truck is: they drove from Antarctica to Iceland.
        Dean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vien Huynh
        Autoblog isn't the best when it comes to stating facts. The Antarctica excursion, and volcano trip, were two separate events.
          teamplayers99
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean
          Not to mention that it was the North Pole, not Antarctica
      • 2 Years Ago
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      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      The first Hilux test Clarkson did many years back was one of my favorite episodes. Wish they brought the Hilux here witha proper diesel instead of the stupid Tacoma.
        ctsmith1066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        The Tacoma is a really good pickup as well (if you're into that sort of thing). If anything Toyota should merge the two onto a single global platform.
      hartdoug23
      • 2 Years Ago
      like the guys on the show but hate the B.S. test and races they do. to fake.I guess the legal dep has something to do with it. You can't make a car lose to bad or the car companys will sue. I want pure fact and real test with no adjustments.
        jase.s
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hartdoug23
        I mean, they aren't really testing the Toyota trucks... more like abusing them. Plus, they can't control how badly a car loses in these "tests"... once they toss a truck into the ocean, things are pretty much out of their control. Toyota can't sue a test reviewer for giving a bad review (it's non-sense to believe that), much less someone abusing their products on TV. They can't even sue if you continuously slander the brand name in public. Im any case, Toyota trucks are some of the most reliable trucks in the world. Top Gear is simply seeing how reliable they are in completely non-scientific and ridiculous ways.
        J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hartdoug23
        but they slag off cars all the time on that show!
        Anon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hartdoug23
        They have been sued for remarks they have made about some cars.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...traversing the frozen wastes of Antarctica... So close, Autoblog. Only off by one pole and about 20,000km of planet. On another note, what's not to love about a reasonably sized invincible offroad worthy pickup with a reliable and efficient small diesel engine? Not to mention, no bucketloads of chrome and showboating.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      olengrumpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who cares. these guys spend a good amount of time on most every show hurling insults at the USA and it's people,, They should be banned from even showing episodes in this country, keep the hosts out of here as well.
        Eric_n_dfw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @olengrumpy
        If you watch the BBC show, they are equal opportunity offenders: they call the French, "Cheese Eating Surender Monkeys", they stereotype the Armenians as all in mafia and Romanians and a bunch of gypsies. It's more Monty Python than an actual review show. In fact, their recent show about NASCAR actually has changed my mind about it's merit as a serious racing sport, not so much that I'm now a fan or anything, but they really showed how it's not just a bunch of hick's turning left all day long. Besides, how is banning criticism at all compatible with free speech? Their anti-US jokes are just that, jokes about sterotypes, lighten up and laugh at yourself once in a while, it's good for you!
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