Toyota has very quietly unveiled a new bakkie; the Rangga concept at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in Indonesia and it is a speculative hint at what the Baby Hilux or future Stout could be.
We know that Toyota is planning on introducing a new bakkie for South Africa in the coming years. It will likely continue the legendary Stout nameplate as a Baby Hilux but all other information is still speculation. While the details on this all remains hazy, the Japanese automaker has displayed its Rangga concept at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in Indonesia.
What was showcased is a versatile commercial vehicle concept that can be customized according to individual preferences – more on this later. The Rangga seems to be available solely in single cab guise although current technical specifications and physical dimensions are scarce. This won’t remain a concept since Toyota has plans for a production version of the model although no details surrounding a launch date have been divulged.
To demonstrate its versatility, Toyota in Indonesia is running a contest which allows participants to create specific variants of the Rangga which include an ambulance and mobile cafe for example.
Being launched in Indonesia, the name “Rangga” draws inspiration from the Javanese term “Ronggo,” signifying a heroic figure associated with strength and resilience, as per Toyota’s official announcement. Indonesia is another country that produces and uses vehicles for left-hand driving, like South Africa, which means the model could easily be adapted for local roads, or even production at the Prospecton plant in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
In the near future, the model is planned for production in the island nation but from these prospective renders, we can see that it certainly fits the bill for something like the Stout. In the past, the This Rangga was rebadged and sold locally as the highly utilitarian Stallion bakkie.
Toyota South Africa has no comment on the Rangga at the moment so this does remain pure speculation but would this perform well as an entry-level bakkie offering for the automaker locally?