The Toyota Hilux 4×4 is a popular vehicle for off-road enthusiasts, and some have turned it into a capable camper. The Expedition V1 is one such example, built by photographer Stefan Forster and a team of experts over the course of a year. In this review, we will take a closer look at this unique camper and its features.
The Toyota Hilux Expedition V1, also known as Úlfur (Icelandic for wolf), is a 4×4 off-road capable vehicle that has been transformed into an extraordinary backcountry vehicle. It has two seats on either side of a table, a decent-sized bed that can be pulled from the top, and a hidden shower. Let’s take a closer look at its features and specs.
Features and specs
|Vehicle||Toyota Hilux Expedition V1 Camper|
|Camper Type||Pop-up camper|
|Seating||2 seats on either side of a table|
|Bed||Decent-sized bed that can be pulled from the top|
|Solar Panel||16-inch solar panel on the top of the vehicle|
|Roof Rack||Custom roof rack|
The Toyota Hilux is a popular 4×4 pickup truck known for its ruggedness and reliability. Here are some of its features and specs:
- Engine: The Hilux is powered by a 2.4-liter D-4D engine with the engine code 2GD-FTV. It is a 4-cylinder in-line engine with a 16-valve DOHC valve mechanism, and it has a displacement of 2,393 cc. The bore x stroke is 92.0 x 90.0 mm, and it has a compression ratio of 15.6:1. The maximum torque is 400 Nm @ 1,600 – 2,000 rpm.
- Transmission: The Hilux is available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The gear ratios for the 6MT are 1st 4.784 and 2nd 2.423, while the gear ratios for the 6AT are 1st 3.600 and 2nd 2.090.
- Powertrain: The Hilux is offered with a range of gas and diesel options. The diesel engines include a 2.4-liter and a more powerful 2.8-liter engine.
- Towing Capacity: The towing capacity of the Hilux varies depending on the version. The 4×2 versions have a towing capacity of 1,500 kg, while the 4×4 versions have a towing capacity of 750 kg with no brakes, or 3,500 kg with brakes. All versions have a GVM of 3050kg aside from the SR and SR5 extra cabs, which have a GVM of 3100kg. All 4×4 HiLuxes have a GCM of 5850kg.
- Fuel Tank: All versions of the Hilux have an 80-liter fuel tank.
Toyota Hilux Camper Interior
The Toyota Hilux is a popular vehicle for conversion into a camper, and there are a number of different conversions available with varying interior designs. One option is the BR-75 camper conversion by Direct Cars, which is available in two variants based on the Hilux Z or GR Sport models. The interior of the BR-75 features warm wood on the walls and cabinets, a pop-up roof with large windows, and ample storage space. Another option is the camper built by John Coyle, which features wood salvaged from a century-old house to give the interior a cozy, cabin-style feel. It also includes a roof-mounted solar array, a composting toilet, and a gas range. Additionally, there are videos available showcasing the interior and exterior of a motorhome based on the new Toyota Hilux 2022 model. Overall, the interior of a Toyota Hilux camper can vary widely depending on the specific conversion and personal preferences of the owner.
How Much Does the Toyota Hilux Camper Cost?
There is no definitive answer to the cost of the Toyota Hilux Expedition V1 camper as the price depends on a variety of factors such as the vehicle condition, location, customizations, and more. However, according to one source, the price for a build based on the basic Hilux Z starts at 10,980,000 yen ($83,000 USD), and it steps up to 12,450,000 yen ($94,000) if you want to start with a Hilux GR Sport as discussed. Another source states that the Toyota Hilux-based BR-75 camper from Direct Cars has many features, such as a pop-up roof and a shower, and customers can upgrade to the vehicle.
The Toyota Hilux Expedition V1 is a well-designed and capable off-road camper that takes advantage of the Hilux’s reputation for ruggedness and reliability. Its unique features, such as the hidden shower and custom roof rack, make it an excellent option for those looking to explore the backcountry. Although we could not find any pricing information, this camper is likely to be on the expensive side due to its high-end features and customization. Overall, if you are in the market for a capable off-road camper, the Toyota Hilux Expedition V1 is definitely worth considering.
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