Toyota Shows Tonka-Inspired 4Runner
Photo of Tonka 4Runner courtesy of Toyota.
Toyota displayed a 4Runner set up as a Tonka-inspired mid-size SUV at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas. The vehicle puts "the 'Toy' in Toyota," according to the automaker.
Toyota teamed with Funrise Toy Corporation, manufacturer of Tonka toys for Hasbro, to build a life-size Tonka SUV with the theme of "the ultimate off-road adventure." The Tonka 4Runner joins the Tonka Tundra fire truck as the latest collaboration between the two brands.
The Tonka 4Runner is powered by the same 4.0L V-6 as the production 4Runner — but that’s about the only similarity between the two. The concept vehicle's body — elevated by a 10-inch Bulletproof Suspension lift kit — sports matte black and yellow Tonka graphics. Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ 38-by-15.50R20LT off-road tires surround 20-inch Ultra Motorsports Type 250 Colossus wheels. Over each tire are Rigid Industries LED lights, so that the vehicle is as impossible to miss at night as it is in daylight.
The custom suspension includes King 8-by-2.5-inch and 10-by-2.5-inch coilovers, as well as an assortment of Bulletproof Suspension components. Bulletproof also designed the vehicle’s welded bumpers, roof rack, side steps and ladders.
The crowning touch is the pop-up tent on the Tonka 4Runner's roof that makes the SUV the ultimate dream machine for outdoor enthusiasts.