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Old 21st October 2015, 05:59   #1
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Just came across this vehicle in the dealership. I was wondering whats this new technology that Toyota is talking about. Stumbled on some cool stuff on the new 2016 Tacoma model, specially designed keeping in mind the offroad situation. Have a look at the videos below, its sure is a revolutionary technology on a production vehicle!

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma will still come with rear drum brakes, but its traction control tech has become a lot more advanced. Watch the video of the truck get buried to its axles in sand, and then activate “Crawl Control” and turn its tires into shovels for an easy self-recovery.

Seems that the wheel sensors detect slippage, being stuck, and can figure out exactly how much power to apply to build up just the right mound of sand to climb free on. Reports say this is one aspect of a Multi-Terrain Control suite, which looks like it goes from “0 to 5” for progressively rougher terrain, rather than just having settings for different surface types a la Land Rover or Jeep.

As for the archaic drum brakes, in the below video Toyota says they’ve been retained for durability. The main reason you’d want discs is for heat dissipation in towing. Tacomas don’t do much towing, but they do sand and off-road driving. Having drums prevents your rear brakes from getting screwed up by sand and rocks is what the spokesperson says in the video.




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Reminds me of an old driver we met deep in Jaisalmer dune country. He left car in gear and used self starter without disengaging clutch to rock the car out of sand. Small movements to let sand fall in rather than fully rotating wheel to blow it away.

Question will this work in slush? Doubt it.
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Reminds me of an old driver we met deep in Jaisalmer dune country. He left car in gear and used self starter without disengaging clutch to rock the car out of sand. Small movements to let sand fall in rather than fully rotating wheel to blow it away.
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Question will this work in slush? Doubt it.
I posted the similar question on the Toyota forum, yet to get a concrete response.
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This is not new technology for Toyota, perhaps offered for the first time on a Tacoma. They offered it back in 2011 on the Landcruiser V8. Lots of videos on youtube showing LCs self extracting themselves on idle using Crawl Control after being buried in sand dunes of Dubai.
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