• 2020 Toyota Owner Magazine Overland-Ready Tacoma 4WD

This Tacoma comes with stuff like steel bumpers, rooftop tent, upgraded suspension system, and increased power outputs amongst other things

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We’re having quite an unusual SEMA Show this year, but that hasn’t deterred automakers from coming up with special off-roading concepts. Toyota is no exception and has teamed up with 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine to develop an Overlanding concept based on the Tacoma. We’ve seen a lot of aftermarket Tacoma builds over the years, but this one stands out for the amount of equipment installed on it.

  • 2020 Toyota Owner Magazine Overland-Ready Tacoma 4WD
  • Year:
    2020
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    370
  • Torque @ RPM:
    330
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
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What Makes This Build Special?

2020 Toyota Owner Magazine Overland-Ready Tacoma 4WD Exterior
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The Tacoma is known for its long-term reliability and durability and is one of the most rugged pickup trucks in the market today. Converting it into an Overlanding vehicle goes on to show how versatile this truck can be. 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine and Toyota have created a wonderful Overlanding example of this Tacoma. This particular example is based on the Tacoma TRD Pro, which in itself comes with a whole lot of off-road equipment. In the standard form, the Tacoma TRD Pro is offered with skid plates at the front and back, a snorkel, and Fox shocks, to name a few. However, Toyota has pushed the envelope with this build.

2020 Toyota Owner Magazine Overland-Ready Tacoma 4WD Exterior
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Toyota Marketing Division’s group Vice President, Ed Laukes, said, “We were excited when the 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine editors shared their idea for this project, and we naturally thought it would be cool to include the build in our SEMA360 presentation.” He further added that “the word Overlanding may be a new word to some, but it’s become increasingly popular this year as more and more people are exploring roads off the beaten path with friends and family,”.

How Is It On The Outside?

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On the outside, the Overland-Ready Tacoma comes with a CBI Offroad Fabrication T3 aluminum bumper at the front. A 20-inch Rigid Industries light bar is mounted atop it. The stock bumper at the rear is swapped with a Swing Arm Series steel unit with dual swingouts and a ComeUp SEAL winch. The truck rides on 16-inch Trail Series wheels from Method Race Wheels and are finished in matte black. They are wrapped in 255/85 section BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 tires.

The Overland-Ready Tacoma also benefits from a CBI Offroad Fabrication Prinsu aluminum cab rack that comes with a 40-inch LED light bar and four LED lights from Rigid Industries.

Now that’s lit! Toyota and 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine have also installed DOM steel tube rock sliders with a kick-out design, MaxTrax MKII traction boards, Truck Covers USA locking cargo bed cover and rack system, and a Yakima rooftop tent.

Apart from all this, the Overland-Ready Tacoma features a PowerTank on-board air, a four-gallon Rotopax fuel storage container, a two-gallon Rotopax water storage container, and a Hi-Lift jack to make it one of the most complete Overlanding vehicles we’ve seen in recent times.

What’s Different Under The Skin?

2020 Toyota Owner Magazine Overland-Ready Tacoma 4WD Drivetrain
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It’s not just the extra equipment that makes it a competent Overlanding truck. This Tacoma also comes with other off-road upgrades, which include:

  • ToyTec BOSS Aluma 2.5 Series coilovers on the front axle
  • New dampers and leaf spring to the rear
  • CBI Offroad lower control arms
  • Camburg Engineering upper control arms
  • Toyota E-locker locking differential

In the standard form, the Tacoma TRD Pro is powered by a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that cranks out 278 horses and 265 pound-feet of torque. The team here upped these figures by installing a Magnuson supercharger, accounting for all the extra weight that’s added to it. Now the truck makes 370 ponies and 330 pound-feet of twist.

Final Thoughts

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This example is a nice showcase of the accessories that can be fitted on the Tacoma. It’s a shame that we can’t see it in person, but we hope to see Toyota offer an Overlanding package akin to this and venture into the fairly new segment.

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Toyota, a brand known for its deep off-roading roots and rugged durability, and its Tacoma mid-size pickup formed the perfect foundation for the 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine Overland-Ready Tacoma. Introduced today as part of Toyota’s 2020 SEMA360 Showcase, this Tacoma is ready to find places otherwise inaccessible to average vehicles.

SEMA360 is the organization’s online program connecting the automotive aftermarket industry in a year that makes the traditional in-person SEMA Show impossible. Toyota is using a two-wave reveal plan, starting with four SEMA360 debuts with more builds breaking cover in the weeks following its SEMA360 presentation.

The Overland-Ready Tacoma, created by 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine, is the ultimate outdoor lifestyle rig featuring a slew of off-road performance upgrades that align with the Tacoma’s “go anywhere now” personality and the rising popularity of overlanding adventure. Overlanders leverage their vehicle as the key to their adventure to help push their journey forward. It is their basecamp and provides them the self-sufficiency and capability they need to get them to their destination and back. They are passionate about exploring the outdoors and are at the forefront of nature and getting to experience it all.

“The word Overlanding may be a new word to some, but it’s become increasingly popular this year as more and more people are exploring roads off the beaten path with friends and family,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president – Toyota Division Marketing. “We were excited when the 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine editors shared their idea for this project, and we naturally thought it would be cool to include the build in our SEMA360 presentation.”

The editors started with a Tacoma TRD Pro, teaming up with Ryan O’Connell and ShmellFab to create this build. Off-road upgrades include: ToyTec BOSS Aluma 2.5 Series coilovers, shocks and add-a-leaf package; Toyota E-locker locking differential; CBI Offroad Fabrication lower control arms, front to rear aluminum and steel skid plates, and DOM steel tube rock sliders with top plates and CBI’s ‘kickout’ design; Camburg Engineering upper control arms, and MaxTrax MKII traction boards.

On the power side, the team added a Magnuson Superchargers Roots-type TVS1900 blower, increasing output to 370 horsepower and 330 lbs-ft of torque.

Other components include: BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 255/85R16 tires mounted on 16×8-inch matte black 704 Trail Series from Method Race Wheels, CBI Offroad Fabrication T3 aluminum front bumper and T3 Swing Arm Series steel rear bumper with dual swingouts, a ComeUp SEAL Gen2 9.5rs winch, aluminum CBI Offroad Fabrication Prinsu Cab Rack fitted with a 40-inch SR Pro LED series light bar and four LED Scene Lights from Rigid Industries, a 20-inch Rigid Industries SR Pro light bar in the front bumper, a Truck Covers USA locking cargo bed cover and rack system, and a Yakima SkyLine bed rack.

Finally, to ensure overlanding explorers have what they need for days off the grid, the editors fitted the Overland Tacoma with a PowerTank PT10 air compressor, a four-gallon Rotopax fuel storage container, a two-gallon Rotopax water storage container, a Hi-Lift jack, and a Yakima SkyRise cargo bed tent.

While featuring an extensive list of upgrades, the 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine team is proud of the final outcome’s seamless design that perfectly melds all exterior components to ensure nothing looks out of place. All additions are premium upgrades that align with Toyota’s quality reputation, creating an outdoors lifestyle rig capable of carrying adventurers and all their gear and toys. Toyota also partnered with social media influencers chef Adam Glick and “Last Line of Defense” on YouTube to bring you some great content as they take the 4WD Overland-Ready Tacoma out on the road for an adventure. More coming soon.

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