The Toyota Mega Cruiser, also known as the Japanese Hummer and the undeniable flagship of Toyota’s off-roaders, is a truly rare sight. However, a civilian example of the military truck was recently auctioned in the US, bringing in an impressive $310,000.
It is believed that only 150 out of the 3,000 Mega Cruisers produced between 1995 and 2001 were civilian versions, with the rest reserved for military use (codenamed BXD10). This example is even more special, as one of the few that have been converted to left-hand-drive configuration. According to the listing on Cars and Bids, it was imported from Kazakhstan and comes with a Colorado license, having an odometer reading of 90,900 km (56,500 miles) since new.
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The Mega Cruiser is actually larger than the Hummer H1, measuring 5,090 mm (200.4 inches) long, 2,169 mm (85.4 inches) wide, and 2,075 mm (81.7 inches) tall. In addition, and thanks to Toyota’s engineering, it is half a ton lighter than its American rival, weighing “only” 2.9 tonnes (6,393 pounds). This specific example also appears to be in a rather nice condition, featuring a ladder, providing access to the Gamiviti roof rack.
Inside the cabin, which is divided by a massive central tunnel exactly like the H1, we find four seats, leather upholstery, an aftermarket stereo with a trunk-mounted subwoofer, electric windows, heated seats, LED lighting, a refrigerator, a retractable table, a set of screens on the dashboard, and three more roof-mounted displays at the back. More importantly, the cargo space is occupied by a bed, where you can take a nap, relax, watch your favorite TV shows or listen to music.
Power comes from a 4.1-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine producing 153 hp (114 kW / 155 PS) and 382 Nm (282 lb-ft) of torque which is transmitted to all four wheels through a four-speed automatic gearbox, a two-speed transfer case, and a trio of locking differentials. Features include independent suspension with a softer setup in the civilian version, portal axles, in-board brakes, four-wheel-steering, and a tire inflation system.
Doug de Muro actually reviewed this specific Toyota Mega Cruiser before the vehicle changed hands on his auction website. People in the US first got the chance to import the unicorn off-roader in 2020, when it turned 25 years old. This could mean that we might be seeing a few more of these mega-rare trucks arriving on US shores – especially after this result.