SEMA 2020

Convertible Toyota GR Supra, TRD Sport Trailer among freshly-debuted SEMA builds

The Toyota TRD Sport Trailer is a extreme base camp trailer for overlanding enthusiasts.

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Earlier this year, Toyota revealed some unique builds around the time of year when SEMA would traditionally be held. The company is now revealing a second set of builds designed around on- and off-road performance.

"Our wave one reveals whet Toyota fans' appetite with four creations – a bold, hand-painted GR Supra, two GR Supra drift cars, and an outrageous overlanding-ready Tacoma pickup," said Ed Laukes, group vice president – Toyota Division Marketing. "But we saved the best for last, and today we're proud to show off our latest creations, the 2021 GR Supra Sport Top and the TRD-Sport Trailer, among some additional content as well."

Highlights from Toyota's second wave of SEMA360 Showcase creations include:

2021 GR Supra Sport Top

2021 GR Supra Sport Top

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The new 2021 GR Supra Sport Top concept is a fresh take on the 2020 GR Supra Heritage Edition (see the 2020 version below) that debuted at Toyota's 2019 SEMA Show display, which included nine unique models. It has custom visual and performance upgrades that pay homage to the MKIV Supra from the late 90s.

This new model is a convertible that features much of the a reinforced frame, which allows two composite roof panels to be removed then stored in the car's trunk leaving no structural support in the cabin. Toyota's upmarket arm, Lexus, recently achieved similar with the 2021 LC 500 Convertible.

2021 GR Supra Sport Top

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Brand enthusiasts will note the car's MKIV-inspired basket handle wing and round taillights, which accent the modern profile of the car's piano black finished canopy.

Further, the white-painted car has black gloss wheels, darkened headlight and taillight housings, red mirror caps, and a black splitter.

2020 Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition

2020 Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition

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The 2020 version of this car picks up where the 2019 left off. It still makes over 500 horsepower, and now its appearance has been kicked up a notch, with design inspiration coming from its topless fraternal twin, the 2020 GR Supra Sport Top.

The 2020 GR Supra Heritage Edition is a one-off that is painted in Re-entry Red, has custom headlights, taillights, and a MKIV-style rear wing.

Toyota has paired the car's 500+ horsepower with bigger brakes as well as a tuned engine, turbocharger, and ECU. It has gotten a new front and rear suspension, adding to its performance capability.

Toyota TRD Sport Trailer

Toyota TRD Sport Trailer

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Your truck might be getting two beds soon. Inspired by the adventurers at overlanding expeditions across the U.S., Toyota has turned a Tacoma midsize pickup truck bed into a fully working trailer concept.

Designed to be a basecamp, the TRD Sport Trailer is able to be pulled by Toyota trucks and SUVs. It features a remote-operated scissor-lift that raises a platform several feet out of the bed. There's a Yakima four-person tent with an awning and fly fishing-pole holders, a custom-built toilet and trash can, a refrigerator, a hot water heater, fresh and gray water holding tanks, a slide-out sink and stove, and efficient campsite lighting.

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The Bronze Edition model builds on the XLE trim.

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The Toyota Highlander entered its fourth generation for the 2020 model year, which brought sleek style, updated tech, and a premium-look interior. A new XSE trim joined the lineup for 2021, and for 2022, Toyota is adding a new hybrid-only Bronze Edition trim.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition adds useful features, such as a hands-free power liftgate.toyota

The new Bronze Edition Highlander builds on the XLE trim with:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Memory driver's seat with 10-way power adjustments
  • Hands-free power liftgate

Toyota notes that the Bronze Edition previews features that will show up with the greater 2022 Highlander release. Among them are the new Wind Chill Pearl color, which replaces Blizzard Pearl from the previous model, and height/tilt passenger seat adjustments.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Highlander is a supremely comfortable SUV with room for the family.Toyota

The Highlander carries on into 2022 with a standard 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. A Highlander Hybrid is available, which mates a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. Combined system output is 243 horsepower. With the V6 on board, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition is available for Highlander Hybrid models.Toyota

All 2022 Highlander models get Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, road sign assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, lane tracing assist, a sway warning system, and automatic high beams. Those features and the Highlander's excellent crash testing scores were good enough for the SUV to earn a Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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New luxury full-size SUV

All-new 2022 Lexus LX 600 will be here soon

The new LX will go on sale in early 2022.

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The Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX are among the most revered off-road vehicles of all time. Even so, Toyota is cutting the Land Cruiser in the U.S. after the 2021 model year due to slow sales. We will see its twin, however, as the 2022 Lexus LX was just announced. The full-size SUV will go on sale in the first quarter of 2022 and will bring all two new trims, more intuitive tech, and updated but familiar exterior styling.

2022 Lexus LX The new LX gets a twin-turbo V6 instead of a big V8, and its new platform shaves weight while improving rigidity.Lexus

The 2022 Lexus LX 600 comes in five trims: Standard, Premium, Luxury, F Sport, and Ultra Luxury. The new Ultra Luxury trim cuts the number of seats to four by replacing the rear bench with a pair of plush reclining captain's chairs. A rear entertainment system and large rear center console complete the top-level trim. Also new for 2022 is the LX F Sport, which brings Lexus' sharp appearance package to the LX for the first time. The F Sport gets exclusive 22-inch wheels, aggressive exterior styling, and sport seats with unique color schemes.

The LX is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that produces 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. The body-on-frame SUV rides on an all-new GA-F platform that Lexus says is 20 percent more rigid than that of the previous model. Lexus also carved 441 pounds out of the previous LX's platform weight.

2022 Lexus LX The LX is available in five trims, including a new top Premium Luxury model. Lexus

A new Active Height Control (AHC) system and adaptive suspension provide stability and a comfortable ride while retaining the LX's off-road capabilities. AHC allows the driver to select from three ride heights depending on the situation, and a low setting is available for entering and exiting the vehicle. Three wheel sizes are available, and the F Sport trim comes with a Torsen limited-slip differential.

Lexus updated the LX's cabin for 2022 with new infotainment system and a cleaner, more upscale design. A new dual-screen infotainment system is standard. The top 12.3-inch touchscreen handles audio and infotainment duties, while the lower 7.0-inch touchscreen is used for climate controls and related settings. The LX also gets Lexus' new infotainment software, which promises to be more intuitive and simpler than previous systems. Over-the-air updates will bring new features and update existing functionality, while voice controls can command audio, navigation, phone, and other vehicle settings.

2022 Lexus LX Ultra Luxury trim reduces seating capacity to four but makes the LX's cabin seriously plush.Lexus

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