The Toyota Tundra TRD Desert Racer could prototype a future Raptor fighter.

Toyota Tundra TRD Desert Racer-Headlines

Every automaker with a full-size truck in its inventory appears to want a piece of the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Ram offers the powerful 1500 TRX, Chevy is expanding its off-road-oriented ZR2 trim to the Silverado 1500 for 2022, and GMC is introducing an even tougher-core AT4X trim to the Sierra 1500 model line for 2022.

Only the Nissan Titan and the Toyota Tundra are unrepresented in this segment.

This could change soon, as Toyota’s TRD Desert Racer Tundra concept from last year’s SEMA exhibition could indicate that the Japanese company aims to compete with its American rivals with its all-terrain vehicle.

Here are the major highlights:

  • The TRD Desert Racer, on the other hand, could be a concept created to entice Tundra consumers and aftermarket suppliers.
  • In November 2021, Toyota unveiled the extreme TRD Desert Racer Tundra at the SEMA event.
  • Could the concept truck be Toyota’s attempt to compete with the Ford F-150 Raptor?


Toyota Tundra TRD Desert Racer
Toyota Tundra TRD Desert Racer

If Toyota decides to participate in the Baja-truck-inspired rat race, it will most likely use the TRD Desert Racer concept as a blueprint.

We’re guessing this includes the TRD-sourced suspension improvements, widebody package, and 37-inch all-terrain tires seen on the exhibition truck.

However, it’s unclear whether the TRD Desert Racer concept’s General Tire Grabber X3 rubber and Method Race Wheels–supplied 18-inch wheels will be approved.

Regardless, Toyota will equip any TRD Desert Racer–inspired Tundra with suitable tires and a unique set of wheels.


Toyota Tundra TRD Desert Racer
Toyota Tundra TRD Desert Racer

While we doubt Toyota would equip such a Tundra with a motor that matches the TRX’s 702-hp supercharged V-8, we believe the carmaker will be able to squeeze a few more horses out of the Tundra’s optional 437-hp gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain known as iForce MAX.

It’s unclear if this will be accomplished by changes to the setup’s electric motor, twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V-6 engine, or a mix of both.

Nevertheless, we wouldn’t be surprised if a Tundra with this engine produces 450 horsepower, which would match the output of the Ford F-150 Raptor’s forced-induction V-6.

Body & Aesthetic

Toyota Tundra TRD Desert Racer

Expect such a Tundra to keep the TRD Desert Racer’s grille-mounted amber lights, which the government requires for vehicles of a specific width (this also means that the future Tundra would sport a similar set of red lights on its rear end).

The TRD Desert Racer’s abundance of driving lights, on the other hand, would almost certainly be scrapped.

Still, we hope Toyota provides the light bar with power-raising driving lights seen on the display truck as an option for the whole Tundra lineup, not just the hardcore off-road model.

Toyota has remained tight-lipped about the TRD Desert Racer concept truck’s production changes. Only time will tell if this SEMA car serves as a blueprint for a future F-150 Raptor–rivaling the Tundra model.

On the other hand, it could just be a cool modified truck designed to pique the interest of aftermarket suppliers and consumers.

After all, they’ll constantly be looking to improve on Toyota’s new full-size pickup truck stock models.

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