Toyota Wins ‘Back to the Future’ Day With Its Tacoma Concept

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Back to the Future in Style

The Toyota Tacoma brand has long been synonymous with versatile power. It’s a truck that comes ready to tow loads while also offering solid fuel economy for a vehicle its size. Plus there’s nice alliteration with the two T’s in Toyota Tacoma. But what the 2016 Toyota Tacoma brings to the table is 12 litres of fuel used / 100 km in the city and 10 litres of fuel used / 100 km highway for base models, and a towing maximum of 2,948 kg (6,500 pounds) in its 4X4 Access Cab V6 SR5 model option.

The “Back to the Future” model comes packed with extras like custom 1985 Toyota Truck exterior paint, 1985 Toyota Truck mud flaps, custom front and rear tubular bumpers, and a custom tailgate with the famous “TOYOTA” logo. When you add that to the 2016 Tacoma’s power output that tops out at a robust 278 hp and its nice towing ability, you’ve got a vehicle that will turn heads well into the, ahem, future.

What makes the concept Toyota Tacoma truly classic

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What makes the concept Toyota Tacoma truly classic?

MORE: Here Are the Official Ranges for the Rivian R1T Pickup and R1S SUVToyota wanted to add a “1985 feel” to the road monster. They made a few changes to the concept car as follows, according to Gale Toyota.It comes with a custom 1985 exterior paint and a black hue, giving it a classic look and feel. The engineers also added a reliable off-road suspension system to match the reliability seen in the movie. It uses TRD wheels that run on BF Goodrich tires.Toyota added custom tubular bumpers on the body to give it a rugged feel. It also installed a custom light bar, a common feature on the trucks made in 1985.The lights used on the vehicle are KC HiLites Gravity LED G46 and the bright Daylighter Gravity LEDs from the same brand. KC used yellow vinyl covers on lights used for this project to match the ones used in 1985.According to MotorTrend, trucks in 1985 had badges that read “4WD EFI” to show that the vehicles used an electronic fuel injection system. This was replaced with four-wheel drive, D-4S to show the new direct and port injection system.Modern Toyotas have an elaborate tailgate that comes with exposed hinges. However, the Toyota team relocated the hinges, hid them, and welded a cover on the lift gate's face. The Back to the Future Tacoma also features fabricated 4WD mudflaps.Get a reliable insurance provider to cover your truck. Jerry compares quotes from more than 50 insurance companies insurance companies for you in under a minute, without any long forms to fill out. 

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