The 2023 SEMA Present is occurring in Las Vegas this week. And as ordinary, Toyota didn’t disappoint with its choices. Toyota did not convey one other camper to rival Tacozilla, sadly — however the model has revealed some very cool customized vans based mostly on the all-new 2024 Tacoma and classic Land Cruiser fashions.
The FJ Bruiser Idea
The FJ Bruiser is a 1966 FJ45 Land Cruiser pickup transformed into, as Toyota calls it, a “King of the Hammers-worthy rock crawler.” What does that entail? Effectively, for starters, Toyota Motorsports storage fabricated a full-tube chassis and roll cage for the truck fitted to a customized body. The powertrain is only a bit livelier than the unique truck’s: it is a modified model of the TRD NASCAR V8 pushing out 750 horsepower on this guise.
Off-road mods embrace a full trailing arm suspension, Fox shocks, Eibach springs, 42-inch BF Goodrich Krawler T/A KX tires and 20-inch Beadlock wheels. The truck additionally has a CAMSO monitor underbody with a “tank mode” to energy itself off any obstacles.
We do not anticipate any inventory Toyota vans to supply 42-inch tires or suped-up NASCAR engines sooner or later. However Toyota possible will make an enormous push to convey aftermarket Tacoma and Tundra modification in-house.
The FJ 45 Retro Cruiser Construct
The FJ45 Retro Cruiser is, because the identify suggests, a customized FJ45 Land Cruiser wagon. It is an authentic construct from famed racing driver Rod Millen from 1999. Mods embrace Land Cruiser 100 collection elements, a 4.7-liter V8, a Borla exhaust and a lengthened body with modified bodywork. It additionally has a 15-gallon water provide for heading off the grid.
Toyota isn’t presently providing a V6 in the brand new 2024 Tacoma. However Toyota is displaying off how doing so can be technically possible with the Tacoma X-Runner idea. The Tacoma X-Runner packs a modified model of the Tundra’s iForce turbocharged 3.4-liter V6 with a TRD efficiency bundle producing 421 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. It additionally has a lengthened and strengthened body, a Tundra stable axle with a 4.30:1 ultimate drive ratio, an digital locking rear differential and the Tundra’s air suspension set to the bottom potential experience top whereas nonetheless carrying a load.
We would not wager on Toyota providing a V6 Tacoma at this stage. However curiosity within the new truck is predicted to be immense. And if Toyota thinks it might promote sufficient of a particular V6 trim profitably, we would not rule it out.