If you were to go on an off-road camping adventure across Japan, the Toyota Hilux-based BR-75 from Direct Cars looks like an ideal platform. The company even offers a matching trailer for people who need more storage space.
The living space replaces the cargo area of the Hilux. The new section has two windows and a door on the side. A rear panel opens to access the shower stall so travelers can wash down their dirty gear without taking it inside. Outlets on the exterior provide a place to plug in equipment. Direct Cars adds a protective panel under the truck for mounting the exterior part of the air conditioner.
Inside, the BR-75 has lots of warm wood on the walls and cabinetry. For more space, there is a sunroof with large windows to let light into the cabin. The benches and table fold down into a sleeping area, and there is also a pull-down bed.
Direct Cars offers the BR-75 in two versions. The base model starting at 10.98 million yen ($83,688 at current exchange rates) uses the Hilux’s Z trim as a starting point, and the campervan has options like a fridge, heater, 200 watt solar panel, outdoor awning and TV.
Customers can upgrade to a version using the GR Sport Hilux as a base. For 12.45 million yen ($94,950), it comes standard with the fridge, heater, solar panel and awning. A set of aluminum wheels is optional.
In Japan, the Hilux comes exclusively with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that produces 148 horsepower (110 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque. It connects to a six-speed automatic, and the transfer case offers high and low gears. The GR Sport model gets a set of 18-inch wheels and upgraded shocks.
In December 2022, Toyota unveiled a concept for an electric version of the Hilux. There are no technical details about it, but the model could signal the future of the pickup.