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04 Nov 2021
Toyota “TacoZilla” Tacoma Camper is currently on display to the public at the SEMA Show 2021.
Coming to the SEMA Show 2021 event, Toyota not only displayed pickup concepts with impressive equipment but also brought to the public an extremely interesting product called TacoZilla. Built on the basis of a Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport pickup, the TacoZilla Tacoma Camper comes with a “micro-house” and features a classic design inspired by Toyota campers from the 1970s and 1980s in the US market.
Toyota says that the TacoZilla is “the ultimate representation of an overlander vehicle,” and that’s evident based on the long list of features. It really is the perfect tool to get away from the drudgery of city life for a few weeks.
TacoZilla uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a capacity of 278 horsepower and maximum torque of 359 Nm, combined with a 6-speed manual transmission. It also gets TRD Pro wheels, TRD suspension with 2-inch lifter and TRD top handle, and bodywork done by Complete Customs in McKinney, Texas. The wheels are wrapped in General Tire Grabber X3 all-terrain tires. A long light bar on the roof, an integrated winch, and a TRD air intake are the remaining notable changes to the exterior.
Of course, the little house in the back is really the biggest attraction of a camping vehicle like the TacoZilla. The designers didn’t have much space to be creative, but they made the most of what they could. The end result is a fully insulated interior with teak sauna-style floors. Furthermore, it has a fully equipped bathroom with a hot shower.
The kitchen area also has enough amenities such as a refrigerator, a hob, and a sink. When not in use, the 3D printed dining table transforms into a work of wall art with eye-catching backlighting. Finally, the sleeping space is arranged above the cabin. The Toyota team took more than 100 hours to perfect the rear door design alone, as they wanted a car that was both well-built and good-looking.
It also does not lose practicality, because a person up to 1.8 meters tall can walk inside comfortably. The curvaceous lines of this particular pickup were a challenging detail, but the team was determined to make it right because they “didn’t want it to look like a fridge on the back of a pickup”.
“TacoZilla is a prominent symbol of the go-anywhere brand promise for many of our customers who love overlanders and the outdoors,” said Lisa Materazzo, vice president of Toyota Division Marketing.
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