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Toyota Tacoma, Supra builds deliver two different types of extreme adventure

The Papadakis Racing Rockstar Energy Drink GR Supra is just one of the extreme builds Toyota is showing off during SEMA this year.

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SEMA isn't being held in the long rooms of the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year, specialty equipment makers are showing off their goods online in an event called SEMA360. Toyota is taking the opportunity to unveil six new builds, four of which they have already revealed.

"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."

Here's what they brought.

4WD Toyota Owner Magazine Overland-Ready Tacoma

4WD Toyota Owner Magazine Overland-Ready Tacoma

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From Toyota: "Seizing upon overlanding's growing popularity, the 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine editors dreamed up their own version of the ultimate rig with heavy duty features that align with Toyota's 'go anywhere and push your journey forward' ruggedness and reliability. This build, based on a Tacoma TRD Off-Road pickup, is a full-on outdoors lifestyle machine fitted with a Magnuson Superchargers Roots-type blower and is capable of carrying adventurers with room for their bikes, kayaks, and camping and hiking gear."

Ornamental Conifer GR Supra

Ornamental Conifer GR Supra

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From Toyota: "This bold project features one-of-a-kind, eye-catching artwork by Ornamental Conifer, the moniker for British artist Nicolai Sclater who is art director at Race Service, the Los Angeles creative agency and culture hub connecting people who share a passion for car and pop culture. Inspired by enthusiasts' GR Supra builds, Sclater started with a beautiful canvas, a 2021 GR Supra 3.0 Premium in Turbulence Gray, adding expressions like 'True to Form' and 'Lightning Response' as nods to past and present Supra attributes. Meticulously working with enamel paint and brushes, Sclater hand painted every letterform and graphic, a painstaking tribute to the lost art of sign painting."

GReddy Performance Formula D GR Supra

GReddy Performance Formula D GR Supra

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From Toyota: "Built by Ken Gushi Motorsports and GReddy Performance, driver Ken Gushi currently drives the No. 21 GR Supra in the 2020 Formula Drift Pro class. The build focused on three goals: efficiency, simplicity, and impact. As with all race cars, engineering a design that facilitates efficient and quick repairs can be the difference between winning and losing. The simplicity mandate pared down the package to only things needed in a pro drift racer, resulting in a simple and clean race car. Finally, impact – how the package resonates with drifting fans and accentuates the GR Supra's already stunning design – provides the visual and performance 'wow' factor fans enjoy."

Papadakis Racing Rockstar Energy Drink GR Supra

Papadakis Racing Rockstar Energy Drink GR Supra

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From Toyota: "Built by Papadakis Racing, the 2020 GR Supra with its powerful B58 inline six-cylinder engine proved to be an excellent foundation for the organization's latest racing project. Driven by 2015 Formula Drift champion Fredric Aasbo, the No. 151 GR Supra enjoys tremendous notoriety thanks to the nine-episode YouTube series that documented the build and earned more than 14 million views. Aasbo and the 1,033-horsepower GR Supra are currently in contention for the championship in the 2020 Formula Drift Pro class."

Teaser: GR Supra Sport Top

Teaser: TRD Sport Trailer

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The 2023 Sequoia is all-new and a huge improvement over its predecessor.

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The Toyota Tundra and Sequoia were two of the oldest vehicles on the market, but that's all different now. The new Tundra is already on the streets, and today Toyota released a load of specs and details on the all-new 2023 Sequoia. The full-size SUV gets a major update for the new model year with completely fresh styling, impressive new tech, and a powerful standard engine. We don't have pricing details yet, but Toyota says the 2023 Sequoia will be available starting in summer 2022.

2023 Toyota Sequoia In addition to new styling, the SUV gets a twin-turbo hybrid V6 powertrain and a load of updated tech.Toyota

Five trims of the Texas-built SUV will be offered: SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, and Capstone. All 2023 Sequoia models get the impressive twin-turbo V6 hybrid i-Force Max engine from the all-new Tundra. It makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque, and sends it to the rear or all four wheels through a ten-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain delivers a max towing rating of up to 9,000 pounds, which is a solid number and a massive increase over the previous Sequoia.

Toyota offers automatic-leveling air suspension and adaptive suspension settings with modes for Comfort, Sport S+, and Custom. The Sport drive modes also improve throttle response and changes transmission shift points. The electric motor handles most propulsion duties below 18 mph, but after that the gas engine steps in. The motor is constantly involved when the truck is in Tow/Haul mode.

2023 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro models get under-body cladding and beefier tires.Toyota

Similar to the high-end treatment given to the Tundra, Toyota will offer a Capstone trim for the new Sequoia that brings unique upholstery and trim materials, 22-inch chrome wheels, power side steps, American Walnut inlays, and more. That said, even the standard Sequoia SR5 offers plenty of standard gear. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is standard, along with heated seats and more. An available Premium Package adds an enormous 14-inch infotainment display, power third-row seats, a hands-free liftgate, and additional power outlets.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 will also be standard for the SUV. The system includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and daytime cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and rear seat reminders. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts is also standard.

2023 Toyota Sequoia The new Capstone trim is a super-plush trim with an interior rivaling those in many luxury brands.

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Toyota teases new SUV that could be updated Sequoia

The teaser image gives zero detail on the new SUV.

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Toyota recently retook the title of world’s largest automaker and has its sights set on refreshing some of its oldest models. The Tundra full-size pickup truck got the treatment late last year, and now we’re seeing teases of a new SUV from the auto giant. The image, released yesterday, is likely of a new Sequoia, which is based on the Tundra and is equally as overdue for a refresh.

2022 Toyota Sequoia If the tease is of a new Sequoia, it will replace the 15-year-old current-generation model.Toyota

After 15 years or so on sale in its current form, the Sequoia is old enough to earn a learner’s permit of its own at this point. All of its competitors offer newer and more intuitive technology, a larger variety of advanced safety gear, and more efficient powertrains. In the teaser, we can see a sharply chiseled rear quarter panel and shapely tail lights, but not much else. If it is a Sequoia, the styling marks a significant shift in the SUV’s outward appearance.

The shadowy image is the only tidbit Toyota has shared so far, but we can draw some information from the recently released Toyota Tundra pickup truck, with which the Sequoia typically shares a platform and powertrain elements. The all-new 2022 Tundra dropped the 5.7-liter V8 that powered it for years, in favor of a pair of twin-turbo V6 engines, one of which is a hybrid. That means we could see a new Sequoia with the same engines, delivering up to 479 horsepower.

2022 Toyota Sequoia We're likely to see a TRD off-road oriented model.Toyota

The new full-size SUV will likely also get some of the tech updates that Toyota bestowed upon the new Tundra. That could mean up to a 14-inch infotainment touchscreen with a new, more intuitive user interface and over-the-air updates. Refreshed safety features are almost certainly on the list of Sequoia changes as well.

Toyota hasn’t nailed down an official reveal date or any other information for the new SUV, but has said that more details are coming soon.

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