SEMA can evoke many different emotions; Some folks get super-excited by insane tuner cars, while people like me roll their eyes at some of the concept cars. Toyota and its SEMA Edition TRD models are definitely eye-roll worthy, as the chances of them coming to fruition are slim, and even if they do, they will likely be but shells of their SEMA concepts.
First up is the SEMA Edition TRD Avalon. This model is based upon the cushy Avalon XLE Touring, but TRD installed a set of lowering springs to drop the ride height by an inch up front and 1.5 inches out back, a set of performance-tuned struts, and a set of 19-inch wheels wrapped in 255/35R19 rubber. It polished it off this concept with a free-flowing dual-exhaust system.
The SEMA TRD Edition Camry began life as a standard XSE V6 trim before TRD got its hands on it. This model is 1 inch lower up front, 1.5 inches lower in the rear, and features a set of 21-inch wheels shod in 255/5R21 rubber. Other mods include performance TRD struts and brake pads, and a cat-back dual-exhaust system.
The Corolla also got a SEMA Edition TRD model. This model is based on the Corolla LE Eco – the most powerful of the 2016 Corollas – and TRD changed its personality with a six-speed manual transmission in place of its usual CVT, a cat-back exhaust system, a 1-inch lower ride up front and a 1.5-inch drop out back, and a set of 19-inch rollers wrapped in 255/30R19 tires.
The Toyota Highlander also got in on the fun at SEMA with a TRD model all its own. This model is a little more comprehensive than the sedans, as its interior gets new TRD seats and a black-and-red color scheme. Like the other concepts, the SEMA Edition TRD Highlander gets lowering springs – 1-inch drop up front and 1.5-inch drop in the rear – and a set of custom rims. The latter measure 20 inches and are wrapped in 285/35R20 tires.
The final SEMA Edition TRD model is the luxurious and capable Land Cruiser. This model gets a 2-inch lift up front (the rear remains unchanged), a TRD skid plate, TRD adjustable remote-reservoir coilover shocks, a TRD brush guard with LED lights, a TRD snorkel, TRD tubular running boards, a roof-mounted cargo pod, and an offset TRD cat-back exhaust. The final change to the Land Cruiser is a set of 20-inch wheels wrapped in 285/55R20 vulcanized rubber.
All of the SEMA models include TRD embroidery inside their cabins and a Silver Pearl paintjob, and all but the LAnd CRuiser gain a sporty front chin spoiler, special rocker panels, and a rer diffuser. .
Toyota implies in its press release that these concepts could become reality, given public response is favorable. While I wouldn’t mind seeing any of these in production form, I highly doubt that’ll happen any time soon.