Toyota Tacoma V8 Incross Concept comes to SEMA

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2008

The Tacoma V8 Incross Concept vehicle incorporates many new design components and a special color theme with V8 power to generate an exciting new appearance with more passenger space, utility and performance capabilities.

The initial use of Toyota's 4.7-liter, i-Force V8 engine in a Tacoma offers plenty of motivation for the Incross.

According to Toyota, the V8 generates 271 horsepower and 313 lb/ft of torque. It is outfitted with TRD (Toyota Racing Development) headers and custom dual exhaust by Tube Solutions. The Toyota Tacoma V8 Incross wears a special appearance, integrating the Tacoma's Access Cab with the Double Cab's short bed on a smaller frame.

A custom front grille, bronzed headlamp treatment and skid plate offers the Incross front end with a dynamic appearance.

Improved fender flares and matte green paint complete the exterior enhancements. The BF Goodrich All-Terrain rubber are housed on 17-inch American Racing Wheels while the custom Bilstein shocks aid in handling the extra performance capabilities of the Incross.

The interior highlights bronze trim with seats and floor individualized by Fast Ed's Interiors and accessory pedals by Toyota. A FJ Cruiser styled steering wheel is utilized.

A Gentez back-up camera, Scosche double-DIN radio bezel and JBL Premium Audio with Toyota factory navigation system round off the interior design. The Incross comes equipped for outdoor adventure with Santa Cruz Nomad mountain bikes and camping equipment from Bass Pro Shops.

The new Toyota Tacoma comes available with some of the most high-tech dynamic control systems in the segment. All Tacoma models comes standard with the Toyota Star Safety System, which includes certain technologies like the anti-lock braking system (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Traction Control (TRAC) Vehicle Stability Control (VSC). Also standard on all Tacoma models is an Automatic Limited-slip Differential (Auto-LSD) that employs brake intervention to reduce tire slippage at the rear wheels.

Meanwhile, the VSC system can enhance traction whether on or off-road by detecting any slide on the front wheels or rear wheels during cornering. Then VSC would try control the situation through throttle intervention and/or by braking individual wheels, thereby helping keep Tacoma on its intended course. It is complemented by the Auto-LSD which employs the sensors and hardware to deliver a limited-slip effect on the rear wheels.

On the other hand, EBD allows for greater control under braking especially during cornering by independently optimizing brake pressure at each wheel. BA, meanwhile, can detect whether the driver is attempting emergency braking. If the brake pedal isn't pressed enough to engage the ABS, BA would supplement applied braking power until the driver releases the pedal.

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