For a long time, American consumers considered Toyotas strong compacts and midsize sedans and nothing more. Toyota has been working hard to change that perception and make a name for itself in more niche fields. It took another step at the 2010 SEMA Show by unveiling the Toyota Tundra Sportsman, a project designed in collaboration with Bass Pro Shops. Both utility and visual upgrades make this the car both Toyota and Bass Pro Shops feel will best serve a consumer of how the two companies complete an outdoor sports experience.
A three inch suspension lift makes space for 18 inch Teflon-coated wheels with Mud grapplers, with the power from a 5.7 L V8 going to those wheels and waste from the engine going out through the truck bed to make the car better at crossing water. The truck bed is the focal point of the vehicle: it has everything an outdoorsman needs and wants in a home base and a transport mobile. Areas for meal preparation and sleeping arrangements are laid out alongside holding rosters for firearms and bow and arrow items, along with cleaning items. A small kitchen, complete with stove and sink, complements the collapsible 86 foot platform for sleeping quarters and a two person tent.
And this truck possesses good looks too, both inside and out. A variety of gray and black colors was used to give the vehicle a tough, understated look on the road that wouldn”t wear out or stand out in the wilderness. The Tundra Sportsman also has a touch of matte paint to keep the car unique, and a front bar to both give a stronger impression and to help the car while offroading. On the inside, electronic systems like GPS and weather devices complement new bucket seats in waterproff material and camouflage floor mats. The speakers have also been pumped up, to make them strong enough to provide a comfortable outdoor experience. All in all, the Tundra Sportsman seems like a pretty complete package for any hunter, daily driver, or mixture of the two. With Bass Pro Shops” outdoor experience behind it, it seems safe to say that the quality of the material and execution of concepts was well-done. The concept pickup will do tours around Bass Pro Shops after the SEMA Show- it may even be at a store near you!
Toyota Tundra Sportsman:
Toyota Tundra Sportsman Features
Truck Technical Specs
“¢ Base Truck: 2011MY Tundra Double Cab 4X4 with the TRD Rock Warrior Package 5.7L V8 with 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
“¢ Three-inch suspension lift
“¢ Custom exhaust
“¢ A custom air intake and snorkel
“¢ ATX 18-inch Teflon coated wheels and 33 x 12.5″ Nitto Mud Grapplers tires
“¢ Custom front “Bull Bar”
“¢ Weather station and GPS
“¢ Camouflage pattern all weather Browning branded floor mats
“¢ Reupholstered bucket seats in waterproof black and gray material
“¢ The stock JBL 10 Speaker sound system remains with JBL all weather outdoor speakers were wired into the bed area; four sets of paired mid-range and tweeter speakers in the shell area; and a sub-woofer mounted under the bed floor.
“¢ Fabricated bed cap or shell with vertical opening; entire bed side swings out to a 90 degree angle from the truck.
“¢ Two steel, locking rifle cases and pistol safe integrated into cabinetry
“¢ Foldable work bench
“¢ Driver side dedicated to firearms
“¢ Passenger side dedicated to bow hunting and camping accessories
“¢ Room for two bows and archery accessories is built into the upper cabinet areas.
“¢ Closet to accommodate camouflage hunting clothing and foul weather gear
“¢ Tailgate dedicated as a Food Preparation Zone
“¢ Mobile kitchen includes a small stove, sink, work surface, storage for cooking utensils, and a built-in seven-gallon water tank
“¢ 86 square foot platform with collapsible hand rails and ladder for use as living/sleeping quarters, hunting blind, 7″ x 7” two-man tent, and to safely transport game
– By: Zain Haq