Toyota Hilux and Hilux SW4 Crawl Through Brazilian Countryside
Hilux siblings splash, climb, and flex their way through rough trails alongside some capable not-for-the-U.S. vehicles.
The world is filled with different countries, various cultures, and a multitude of languages. What may seem appropriate to one group of people can be a vulgar offense to another. On the other hand, certain things transcend location or ethnic background, such as the desire for human connection or a delicious meal. As this video from Youtube channel TavaresAndres4x4 shows, love for off-roading has no boundaries, either.
It seems that Brazil has its share of 4X4 enthusiasts – and diesel-powered vehicles we don’t get in the US. We spotted two Jeep Wrangler-like Trollers, two actual Jeeps (JK Wrangler Unlimiteds), a Mitsubishi Pajero Dakar with a steel front bumper and winch, and a yellow TAC Stark. Of course, we’re most interested in the Toyota Hilux truck (aka Pickup) and Hilux SW4 (aka 4Runner) that are also part of the convoy.
The rolling green hills that go on for miles are a breathtaking sight, but they surround difficult trails that challenge both driver and vehicle. One particular water-filled dip in the terrain proves to be too much for some of the vehicles, which have to winch themselves or be pulled out. Once the rigs get past that, they have to flex and bounce up to the top of a difficult rocky pass.
It doesn’t get much easier after that. The meaty-tired Hilux huffs and puffs out thick clouds of dark smoke as it crawls through a stretch of scattered chunks of stone.
One uphill section off the trail is covered in loose dirt and makes it hard for the Hilux SW4 to keep its grip. It slips and it slides, but it ultimately has enough articulation and ground clearance (and body armor) to reach the summit. The driver of its pickup cousin decides after a few dramatic and violent attempts to reach the top via the center route to ride along one of the shoulders to get to the top.
It all goes to show that every vehicle occasionally gets stuck and that friends will help you out of a sticky situation – no matter which language you speak.