Toyota ‘Tfender’ Probox Is a Fake Land Rover Defender
With 2023 upon us, let’s take a look at some of the participating Japanese tuners. One of them, ESB Style, will be showcasing its Probox transformation, called “Tfender”. It is a play on the fascia of the Land Rover Defender and on the details made by ESB for the Probox.
Does Toyota sell Proboxes in the US?
What is a Probox, you ask? Toyota’s Probox is a Japan-only cross between a van and an SUV. It is also popular as a taxi in Jamaica, Bolivia and Peru. The Probox is a shorter, less expensive version of the Succeed, also introduced in 2002. It is an affordable four-passenger family hauler or commercial van for two.
How much power does a Toyota Probox have?
Power comes from three different packages. A 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine with 94PS, a 1.5-litre four-cylinder with 107PS or a 1.5-litre hybrid. A CVT automatic transmission backs up all engines. But buyers can choose between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. In 2021, Toyota added optional power front windows, power fold mirrors, an AC outlet, and privacy glass.
Having remained pretty much the same for over 20 years, the Probox represents pure profit for Toyota. It received a minor facelift in 2014 and in 2018 Mazda rebadged it as a Familia van. ESV’s Tfender conversion will work on any year Probox or Succeed from 2002 onwards.
What comes with the Tfender ESV Kit?
The Tfender parts, along with the lift kit, give it a more off-road look. The “CLS Fox” fiberglass fascia, headlamp covers and front bonnet edge with “Tfender” instead of “Defender” are the main ingredients. There are also rear bumper and taillight covers, C-pillar covers, and suspension lift components.
makes everything available in a kit that also includes armrests and seat covers. It is priced at $2,500. Oh, and you need a Toyota Probox too. Or a Mazda Familia will work too, since it’s a rebadged Probox.
The lift offers an additional 1.6 inches of height. The ESB Style example also features CLS TC01 alloy wheels fired in white paint and wrapped in off-road rims. A skid plate was also added to the rear. A new 2022 Probox has a base price of 1.491 million yen or about $11,300 based on current exchange rates.
In all, ESV Style has taken one of Toyota’s lowest-end cars and created a kit to mimic one of the most expensive SUVs on the market today. We’re sure the dichotomy appeals to Tfender shoppers. As for us, we will have more vehicles arriving from 2023 starting January 13th.