Toyota’s Tacozilla SEMA Concept is a retro-styled Tacoma motorhome


Hell yeah.


I’m not really the outdoors type. I didn’t even spend a year in Boy Scouts before I quit, never owned any real winter gear in my five years of living in Michigan, and the most “hike” I will tolerate is a stroll on the rolling sidewalks of West Hollywood. But even I can admit that Toyota’s Tacozilla concept The truck is one of SEMA’s coolest builds this year.

Based on a Tacoma TRD Sport pickup, the Tacozilla is a rad motorhome reminiscent of Toyota’s factory motorhomes of the 1970s and ’80s, especially Chinook models. It was built by the Toyota Motorsports Garage team with help from Complete Customs in McKinney, TX. The centerpiece is the RV roof, which is fully customized and extends below the height of the frame so people can stand comfortably throughout the interior. In order to create a passage to the cab of the truck, the team had to add some serious bracing that will handle off-road driving. The aluminum motorhome has rounded edges and a tapered shape, and the cool rear door took 100 hours of design alone. Toyota’s goal was to make the motorhome look fully integrated into the Tacoma instead of being a nailbox, and the design is successful.


There is a full kitchen and a bathroom.


The motorhome design is completed with an incredible paint job consisting of a white main body with stunning bronze, orange and yellow stripes. The Tacozilla also features 17-inch bronze wheels with all-terrain tires, a raised TRD suspension kit, a winch integrated into the front bumper, a snorkel and a huge light bar. . It is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 and a predominantly stock manual transmission, although Toyota has added a second battery and a custom exhaust system.

Toyota wanted the interior to look like a “micro-house” with a rustic look, so it has sauna-inspired teak floors, wood cabinetry, and a retractable skylight. The dining table is 3D printed and can transform into a “backlit wall art piece,” and the Tacozilla has a full kitchen and bathroom with a hot shower. There is also a TV and plenty of sleeping and storage space. The motorhome is also fully insulated.

While Toyota has no plans to build and produce the Tacozilla for sale to ordinary people, I believe there could be a huge market for the platform if it does. The craze for overlanding continues to grow rapidly, and Toyota’s long history of manufacturing motorhomes based on its compact pickup trucks gives it real credibility. The Tacozilla will be on display at Toyota’s booth during SEMA, which begins on November 2.


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