These eight off-roading concepts are a testament to the brand's overlanding heritage.
Toyota has decided to follow up last year's display and go all-out with its 2022 SEMA Showcase as it prepares eight exciting and versatile off-roading concepts that could translate to real-world accessories available via various traders. The Toyota Sequoia, Tundra, and iconic FJ49 are acting as the platform for these overlanding and camping design proposals.
Toyota is taking full advantage of its larger show space this year, as these concepts appear to be pretty large and may even overshadow what Ram currently has planned. The Japanese manufacturer sayss it has put in the extra effort this year to show its dedication to its customers who are on the constant search for excitement off the beaten path. Each model depicted here carries the brand's ethos of the journey as important as the destination.
The Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro Adventurer Concept was put together by Westcott Designs with some modern and retro touches. Compared to the other builds in this collection, this is relatively basic as the only additions provided are a three-inch front and 1.75-inch rear lift kit, already previewed with the Tundra a few days ago, with Camburg Racing Kinetik upper control arms and rear billet lower and upper trailing arms. This is complemented by a set of 17-inch Innov8 Racing G400 wheels with Nitto Recon Grappler tires.
On the exterior front, the TRD Sequoia features a comprehensive light show from Rigid Industries, custom DOM tig-welded rock sliders, CNC billet D-rings, a custom rear hatch ladder, and a low-profile roof rack with a top tent. The cherry on top has to be the Kawasaki 550 Jet Ski fitted to the rear bike rack. All of this is topped off by a historic Toyota heritage graphic on the rear fenders.
Toyota's very own Trailhunter concept, based on the Tundra, is a display of the brand's loyalty to the overlanding community and has been designed with off-the-grid motoring in mind. Unfortunately, no technical details have been divulged, but we are told that it has a special suspension setup, skid plates, a roof rack, bumpers, lighting, a refrigerator, an ARB rooftop tent, and more.
Looking at the design of this truck, we can also see a unique graphic on the rear panels and a large Trailhunter badge applied to the front doors, among other components. There is also no clear view of what the interior looks like, but we can imagine that it'll be in line with the exterior's winter log cabin work truck theme.
X Overland was put in charge of the Simba Sequoia which isn't too far off from the TRD Pro Adventure's design brief. The Expedition Overland stars applied a more technical compression-damping electronic valve suspension with billet upper control and trailing arms. Fully adjustable hydraulic bump stops and a set of Old Man Emu medium-duty rear springs further ensure enhanced overlanding capabilities.
For the visuals, X Overland added a set of 18-inch Icon Compression wheels finished in satin black with General Tire Grabber X3 compounds. The front, rear, and sides sport CBI Offroad Fabrication bumpers, skid plates, and side steps, with a Warn Zeon 12S winch fitted to the front. Rigid Industries lighting, a custom roof rack, and an iCOM transceiver radio act as finishing touches for the overlanding SUV which is finished in a custom matte white wrap with gray and orange accents.
X Overland was also put in charge of the Orion Tundra concept which takes a similar approach to the Simba. The suspension isn't quite as technical as it employs a set of extended travel coilover shocks with adjustable valving from Icon Vehicle Dynamics. This is joined by Icon Vector 6 wheels. Further mods include an ARB differential axle breather kit. CBI also supplied the front bumper, which houses a Warn Zeon 12S winch, and the skid plates and rock sliders.
The Orion's trump card is its electrical capabilities which are powered by two Battleborn lithium batteries which can be recharged via two 200-Watt monocrystalline solar panels fitted to the Prinsu roof rack. Further peripherals include a refrigerator, a full-size canopy camper system, a 13.2-gallon water tank, a 270-degree awning, a full heating system, and a Goose Gear interior storage system. The iCom communications unit is fitted here as well. The Orion is designed to contrast with the Simba that wears a custom black wrap and window tinting.
4WD Toyota Owner Media also joined in on the festivities with its Ultimate Overlanding Sequoia TRD Off-Road concept car. This is fitted with a set of ToyTey three-inch lift kit with coilovers, shocks, coil springs, and revised upper control arms and rear trailing arms. 17-inch Bead Grip Method Race wheels finished in bronze are wrapped in a set of Toyo Open Country tires. CBI Offroad skid plates, rock sliders, and bumpers and Rigid Industries lighting give the SUV a more adventurous look.
Overall, this concept is a bit more conservative than the rest, but it does feature a winch, some traction boards, a roof rack and tent, a refrigerator, storage bins, water storage, an air compressor, an air blaster, communications system, and other pieces of equipment needed for Overlanding. The unique wrap was designed and applied by Fast Signs.
The Black Truck was put together by Patriot Campers of Australia based on the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series GLX. It's by far the most labor-intensive concept at Toyota's SEMA stage. This concept has had its standard chassis stretched to 11.8-inches and implements an EFS Elite tube coil spring suspension which raises the ride by three inches. Supertourer was tasked with giving the truck a complete redesign with a matte hood wrap and exterior paint.
Off-roading accessories include a snorkel, steel bull bar, winches at the front and rear, larger door mirrors, a water tank, two air compressors, and a pop-up tent with some lifestyle peripherals. Additional lighting, Recaro seats, and a navigation system attached to a seven-inch touchscreen bring the historic SUV into the modern world.
Believe it or not, Toyota will also be bringing a 6x6 to its SEMA stand, in the shape of the Toyota Land Cruiser 79 Patriot Campers Megatourer. For the extra pair of wheels, Jmacx Offroad Solutions conducted some professional cutting and welding. These are driven by a 4.5-liter V8 diesel engine which has been fitted with an upgraded turbocharger, intake, air snorkel, and exhaust system with a pair of four-inch stacks.
The aforementioned suspension also features an adjustable air suspension with adjustable dampers that can lift the ride by eight inches. The exterior features necessities such as toolboxes, sheet metal guards, and storage components. The interior is made to be pretty plush as it features Nappa leather upholstery with suede touches, an eight-inch Alpine touchscreen infotainment system, and a bespoke instrument cluster. For all your Overlanding needs, it also holds four battery packs which can be charged via solar panels attached to the roof.
The last of Toyota's offroading concept also comes from Australia and has been designed by two sons of Patriot Campers' founder. The FJ49, based on a 1977 FJ45, keeps things functional and aesthetically fitting with a modified turbodiesel 4.5-liter V8. This powertrain is joined by an upgraded cooling and exhaust system. The four-wheel drive remains standard but it does benefit from Harrop Eaton E lockers. For a more capable suspension, the brothers fitted a custom coil system based on the original car's parts. Accompanying this is a heavy-duty differential and PCOR wheels fitted to a set of BF Goodrich tires.
Giving this truck its iconic look is a set of custom wheel flares, bar work, tow bars, and an exo-roll cage. A winch, two air compressors and upgraded exterior lighting round off the exterior modifications. On the electrical front, the FJ49 has been kitted out with a new vehicle management system, two upsized batteries, a 350-Watt inverter, new gauges for the instrument cluster, an upgraded brake controller, and a communications system. A Nardi steering wheel, custom seat upholstery, and an overhead console have been added to the cabin.