Hosted every year in Las Vegas, the massive Specialty Equipment Marketplace Association (SEMA) Show is a chance for automotive manufacturers to strut their stuff, show off new products, and push the limits of what was previously thought possible with wild concept vehicles designed to stir the imaginations of customers. That includes Toyota, whose huge booth at SEMA is always a draw.

Though this year's SEMA Show, held in early November, went entirely online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Toyota still tolled out the good stuff as they always do. That included the debut of a wild 2021 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 that's designed and engineered to be the ultimate go-anywhere overlanding rig. 


“When SEMA decided to go virtual, we knew we wanted to be a part of it because when we commit to something at Toyota, we see it through no matter what, and this year is no exception,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president – Toyota Division Marketing. “For 2020, we’re celebrating pure performance, both on and off road. Supra and Tacoma are legendary brands with legendary performance, so it made sense to use them to set the stage this year.”


Called "The Overland-Ready Tacoma," the wilderness-proof Tacoma was created in collaboration with the editors of 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine. Featuring a laundry-list of off-road performance upgrades, the concept truck was meant to key on the rising popularity of overlanding -- camping and adventure in places that are generally thought of as too remote and inaccessible to reach in a conventional 4x4, using a ruggedly-built vehicle as a kind of basecamp -- while showing the nearly-limitless potential of the already-rugged 2021 Toyota Tacoma.

“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.”

Starting with a 2021 Tacoma TRD Pro, the builders of the Overland-Ready Tacoma went all-in on off-road upgrades, including ToyTec BOSS Aluma 2.5 Series coilovers, shocks and add-a-leaf package, Toyota's E-locker locking differential, CBI Offroad Fabrication lower control arms, front to rear aluminum and steel skid plates, Camburg Engineering upper control arms, and MaxTrax MKII traction boards.

To make sure the Overland-Ready Tacoma had the push to keep on truckin' through terrain that would kill most 4x4s, power upgrades were on the menu too. They came via the addition of a Magnuson Superchargers TVS1900 Roots-type blower, increasing the otherwise stock V6's power to 370 horsepower and 330 lbs-ft of torque. The engine was also outfitted with advanced electrical and air-intake sealing, with a snorkel for super-deep water fording. 

Putting the supercharged engine's extra power to good use are BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain tires mounted on 16-inch matte black rims from Method Race Wheels. A CBI Offroad Fabrication T3 aluminum front bumper and T3 Swing Arm Series steel rear bumper with dual swing-outs bring up the front and rear, while a ComeUp SEAL Gen2 winch stands ready to pull the Tacoma out of a jam. Other exterior features include an 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.

To help Tacoma overlanders get back to civilization in one piece no matter what the trail throws their way, the project features on-board air from a PowerTank PT10 compressor, a four-gallon Rotopax fuel storage container, a two-gallon Rotopax water storage container, a sturdy jack by Hi-Lift, and a Yakima SkyRise bed tent.

While the 2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4x4 is already one tough customer that can make the most of your weekend adventures off-road, the Ultimate Overlander Tacoma project shows just how far off the grid you can get with the help of the rich landscape of aftermarket products available for the Tacoma.

Ready to pick out your "blank canvas" 2021 Tacoma 4x4? Then come see us today for a test drive at Landers Toyota of Northwest Arkansas, or check out our full selection of Toyota Tacoma models at our website right now. 

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