Full Details of Toyota's Ultimate Utility Vehicle RevealedSienna Body on Tacoma Frame Has Wi-Fi, Internet, Satellite TV, Skype Capability, Night Vision Camera to Serve as Command Center for Ever-Better ExpeditionTORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015
—The Toyota Últimate Útility Vehicle—teased to the press in June when it began its journey on the Ever-Better Expedition—has made its long-awaited debut at Toyota's 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show booth.
The one-of-a-kind concept vehicle, which takes the spacious body of a Toyota Sienna minivan and mates it to a rugged Toyota Tacoma 4×4 frame, will serve as the command center for the North American leg of the expedition, a convoy of nine Toyota vehicles that are being driven over 16,500 miles through the continent's most extreme driving conditions.
Because it is the operational hub of this grueling endurance test, the ÚÚV is the most technologically sophisticated of connected cars. Among the fully functional equipment inside the ÚÚV: a TracVision mobile satellite television receiver; Wi-Fi; Internet access; multiple ÚSB ports; 17-inch monitor; 60-inch Sony LED TV; 2,500-watt JBL audio system; and a Flir M-324xp night vision camera system with high-definition recording capability.
From captain's chairs equipped with laptop tray tables in the back of the Últimate Útility Vehicle, Toyota engineers can monitor driving data from every vehicle in real time; record video of vehicle handling and braking, day or night; and report back to Toyota headquarters on the cars' performance via Skype.
The ÚÚV uses a Sienna minivan body because it offers the most interior space for the array of electronic equipment housed inside the vehicle. But even the durable Sienna is not designed for the challenging off-road adventures the Ever-Better Expedition vehicles face. So its unibody structure was hollowed out, reinforced, and mated to a similarly reinforced Tacoma four-wheel-drive frame.
For outstanding ground clearance and approach and departure angles, the ÚÚV has been equipped with an Engaged four-link long-travel suspension that gives a four-inch lift in ride height. 33×22 Nitto Mud Grappler tires mounted on 22×12-inch Monster Energy 539B off-road wheels get power to the ground on and off road. The ÚÚV boasts an amazing 15.75 inches of wheel travel to conquer virtually any type of terrain it may encounter.
The size of the tires hampered operation of the stock Sienna's sliding rear doors and front-hinged front doors. So the rear doors were reengineered and motorized to slide out, rather than back, to offer access to the cavernous passenger compartment. And the front doors were redesigned to open from the front, 'suicide'-style, for ease of entry and exit without compromising the ÚÚV's off-road prowess.
From behind the wheel, operating the Últimate Útility Vehicle seems identical to driving a stock Sienna. But, while the levers and buttons appear to be the same OEM equipment you'd find in a production Sienna, they are actually carefully crafted replicas which control the functions of the Tacoma pickup on which the ÚÚV is based.
The Ever-Better Expedition has already completed the hot-weather portion of its North American leg. After the SEMA Show, when the weather turns rigid and icy in Canada and Alaska, the rigorous journey will continue—and the Últimate Útility Vehicle will be at the center of it all.
The Últimate Útility Vehicle—along with numerous other Toyota specialty vehicles—will be found in the Toyota display booth (#24700) in Central Hall and on the Patio Annex of the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 3-6, 2015.
Source - Toyota
› Custom body transplant (Sienna Body Shell To Tacoma Chassis)
› N-FAB Custom front bumper
› Custom front fenders
› Custom front doors skins
› Custom rear doors skins
› Custom rear bumper
› Suicide front doors
› Motorized rear doors
› Custom roof rack with LED bar
› N-FAB Custom winch mount
› N-FAB Custom side step Wheels/Tires
› 22x12 Monster Energy 539B Off-Road Wheels
• Nitto Mud Grappler 33x22 Interior
› Custom laptop mounts
› Custom LED flat screens in rear
› Custom dashboard
› Custom interior panels Camera System
› Flir M-324xp night vision camera system with HD recording Paint
› PPG matte black finish Brakes
› Wilwood big brake upgrade Engine
› TRD supercharger upgrade Satellite System
› TracVision Audio
› JBL Audio 2500-watt stereo system upgrade
Engaged Suspension Úpgrades
› Engaged fully fabricated tubular upper control arms, come with 1' uniballs at spindle attachment point
› Heim at chassis attachment point for longevity and increased alignment
› Allows for 15.750' of wheel travel
› Úpgraded Heim steering
› Stainless steel high miss alignment spacers
› Engaged 4 link long travel suspension
› Bolt on front suspension kit
› +4' over per side over OEM
› Fully fabricated boxed lower control arms, come with 1' uniballs at spindle attachment point
› Polyurethane bushings at chassis attachment point, set up for coilover, bypass shocks and limiting straps