This is an overlander enthusiast's dream machine.
The Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road is one of the toughest trucks on the market, but that hasn't stopped aftermarket tuners from improving it. Over the last six months, Mule Expedition Outfitters has been transforming this 4Runner TRD into the ultimate adventure truck for overlander enthusiasts. The result is being presented at the 2021 Overland Expo Mountain West, where a custom 2021 Tacoma TRD Off-Road and GMC Canyon AT4 concept are also being put through their paces (for the record, overlanding is basically camping out of your car, usually off the grid for longer periods of time, with the journey being part of the fun).
Mule Expedition Outfitters has added an array of aftermarket accessories to improve the 4Runner's already impressive capability, including long-travel suspension Radflo shocks, an ARB snorkel to help the truck wade through deep water, new skid plates, and an ARB front bumper with a brush guard.
For when you need to camp out overnight, the TRD Off-Road overlander features a fridge/freezer, a rooftop tent, and a shower cube. These modifications turn the 4Runner into the ultimate adventure truck. Under the hood the 4Runner TRD Off-Road has been left stock, which means a 4.0-liter V6 producing 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, sent to all four wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission.
"The Ultimate Overland 4Runner, which the Overland Expo staff lovingly nicknamed 'Earl,' is even more impressive than we could have imagined. The craftsmen at Mule Expedition Outfitters did a fantastic job installing the collection of world-class components," said Lodestone Events Marketing and Communications VP Jessica Kirchner.
"We will demonstrate in the coming months that the 4Runner is more than just a pretty face; it is truly an ultimate overlanding 4×4. We hope it is a build that inspires others to get out and get going on their own adventures."
The custom 4Runner will debut at the Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, Arizona, on September 24-26 before tackling trails alongside a modified Honda Africa Twin motorcycle on the way to Arrington, Virginia for the Overland Expo East in October.