Toyota is making a big splash at SEMA this year, bringing a few unique builds focusing on the overlanding and off-roading side of the house. But out of all the debuts this year, the Tacozilla is by far our favorite one. It’s a throwback to the ’70s and ’80s, when Toyota and Chinook built campers on the Toyota Pickup. And like with previous Toyota SEMA builds, the Tacozilla is a functional vehicle that can go overlanding in almost any part of the world.
Based on a Tacoma TRD Sport, the Tacozilla was designed and built by Marty Schwerter and his team at Toyota Motorsports Garage with the idea of making something cool and functional. The team started by removing the bed of the Taco to make sure that someone over six feet tall could walk around the camper with enough room for amenities and other occupants.
The task wasn’t easy, but Toyota Motorsports Garage developed a basic camper frame to visually connect it with the Tacoma’s character lines while maximizing interior space. Because the camper was built specifically for this Tacoma, the Tacozilla’s dimensions are not much wider than the original, which makes it easier to go on narrow trails.
As cool as the exterior looks, the fully insulated interior is even better. The camper has a full kitchen with a fridge, stove and sink, and a bathroom with hot-water shower and sauna-style wood flooring that looks premium. A 3D-printed dining table converts to a backlit piece of wall art. Toyota didn’t say how many people can sleep in the Tacozilla, but judging by the photos, it looks like two people will fit comfortably on the upper space.
For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.