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By Charl Bosch

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The real ‘small’ Hilux? Toyota reveals ‘concept’ Rangga workhorse

Unveiling of the Rangga spun-off of the IMV 0 suggests Toyota could possibly be working on two completely different small bakkies.


Toyota’s much speculated and reported on “junior Hilux” has taken its biggest step towards becoming a production reality with the showing of several concepts at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show.

Concept that looks production ready

Customisable "concept" Toyota Rangga revealed
Dropside concept recalls the Stallion spun-off of the Kijang that first went on-sale in Indonesia in 1977. Image: carscoops.com via Top Gear Philippines

Based on the IMV 0 Concept unveiled in Thailand last year, the newly named Rangga, which Toyota refers to as an evolution of the IMV 0, is the result of the Japanese automaker’s Astra Motor division also entrusted with operations of its Daihatsu brand in the Southeast Asian country.

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Showcased in a variety of bodystyles ranging from a single cab dropside, ambulance and delivery van to a camper and even a light fire truck, the Rangga is said to represent a cost-effective business solution Astra Toyota says harks back to the original Kijang, better known in South Africa as the Stallion bakkie, Venture people carrier and then later, the Condor.

A tale of two models?

Its name meaning Hero in Javanese, the Rangga is based on a body-on-frame chassis, suggesting Toyota could potentially unveil two separate models after reports emerged last week that the unibody Corolla Cross is being considered as the foundation for a future bakkie as well.

Concept Rangga revealed as back-to-basics small Toyota bakkie
Fire truck has also emerged as a likely customisation option. Image: carscoops.com via Top Gear Philippines

While open to speculation, the apparent developing of two different models for separate nations has ignited speculation that the Rangga could be exported globally as the much reported on Stout, while the Corolla Cross derivative could be marketed as a more of a lifestyle offering similar to the Hyundai Santa Cruz, Ford Maverick, Chevrolet Montana, Fiat Toro and Honda Ridgeline.

The custom bakkie

Customisable "concept" Toyota Rangga revealed
Rangga imagined as an ambulance. Image: carscoops.com via Top Gear Philippines

Despite Toyota having remained mum on exact details of the Rangga, apart from launching a competition in 100-million Indonesia rupiah (about R124 591) will be given for the best render impression of a future model, Top Gear Philippines claims both petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains will be offered, along with a chassis cab derivative as part of a customisation programme aimed at equipping the Rangga with the ideal body required for business.

Concept Rangga revealed as back-to-basics small Toyota bakkie
Delivery concept could well be the spiritual replacement for the long gone Deliboy delivery van. Image: carscoops.com via Top Gear Philippines

The publication has gone a step further by alleging the commencing of production next year, which, if true, will happen three years before the supposed Corolla Cross underpinned model and within the same timeframe as the all-new Hilux.

Confused?

Confusion has, however, also set in after Toyota South Africa Motors’ Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing Leon Theron told local media earlier this year that the step-up Hilux won’t be a traditional half-ton in the same mould as the soon-to-depart Nissan NP200.

Concept Rangga revealed as back-to-basics small Toyota bakkie
Pop-up roof camper has emerged as another possible model. Image: carscoops.com via Top Gear Philippines

While still set to slot-in below the Hilux, an announcement regarding the Rangga/Stout and the unibody model is only expected next year and beyond, now that it appears certain that two completely different models are being worked on.

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