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Don't Mess With This Minivan: Toyota Builds an Off-Road Sienna

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2015-06-26 Kelly Pleskot

Toyota Sienna Uuv Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend Toyota Sienna Uuv Front Three Quarter No, your eyes don't deceive you. Toyota has created a custom-made Sienna minivan that sits on top of a lifted Tacoma truck chassis. OK, Toyota, now you can call it a Swagger Wagon if you really want.

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Black wheels, huge off-road tires, a black grille, and restyled fenders add a bit of brawn to this otherwise traditional minivan. Adding a matte black paint job, tinted headlights, and auxiliary lights, Toyota calls it the Ultimate Utility Vehicle (UUV).

Fittingly, the off-road Sienna will be shown at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in November. But it will also play a major role in Toyota's Ever-Better Expedition, a project that takes vehicles through challenging, real-world environments. The goal is to improve the product development process and help the company better understand the needs of North American customers.

Don't Mess With This Minivan: Toyota Builds an Off-Road Sienna

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The Sienna travels alongside the Land Cruiser 200 and a variety of other vehicles setting off on the 110-day journey. The vehicles will head through Death Valley in California, Pikes Peak in Colorado, and the icy roads of Alaska. The Ever-Better Expedition is just one part of the Five Continents Driving Project, which adds more driving challenges across the world.

Source: Toyota


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