• Sep 29th 2008 at 4:55PM
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Click either image for a gallery of Toyota's Vegas-bound Venzas

When you think about the Toyota Venza, we doubt the first thing that comes to mind is customization. But that hasn't stopped Toyota from tapping Street Image, Inc. and long-time partner Five Axis to create a duo of Venza project cars for November's SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The two low-slung crossovers (don't call them wagons) attempt to highlight and accentuate the active lifestyles of the Venza's core demographic, beginning with the Street Image variant (above) that boasts an upgraded engine and brakes, massive rollers, a lowered ride height, body kit, a black/burgundy interior and a sat-nav-equipped entertainment system. Toyota says the Street Image SportLux version attempts "to give the occupants the feel of a refined sports car while retaining the Venza's utility and functionality." We say, good luck.

Five Axis makes a slightly more compelling case for customizing the Venza with a stow-away rack system created by Magna Car Top Systems that can transport everything from bicycles to skis. New front and rear bumpers, wider fenders and pot-hole averse 20x10.5-inch wheels round out the exterior mods on the Venza AS V.

We'll be checking out both models in Vegas in a few weeks, but check the gallery below now for a preview.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Of course, we'll never get it stateside.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Venza was engineered in Ann Arbor, MI and it's being made in Kentucky, so I'm pretty dame sure we're getting it state side.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They stole rims from HARTAGE bmw's
      wtf ?
      Clyde Batter
      • 7 Years Ago

      Other than that God-awful mug, it looks like a Matrix on steroids. Pretty cool for a Toyota. But obviously, it won't be offered with a manual transmission. Hmmm . . missed the boat again.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've realized that Five Axis ruins a lot of car that actually have potential. Remember the Five Axis IS-F?

        • 7 Years Ago
        Good catch... this is something that GM should apply for their NA market.
      • 7 Years Ago
      sure looks more like a wagon (which is a good thing) than a crappy crossover
        • 7 Years Ago
        It is a cross over, actually. Those weeks make it look a lot smaller than it is. In reality, it's pretty tall.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where's my bottle of 'oil' lube. ;)
      I love car porn
      • 7 Years Ago
      What!?!? Five Axis ONLY put 20" rims on the car? I don't think you guys realize what an immense feat of self-control that must have been for them, seeing as how the Venza comes stock with 20" rims on the V6's.
      But seriously, for a SEMA vehicle to have rims the same size as stock...this may be a first.
      • 7 Years Ago
      it looks like it has a face disorder.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Street Image model doesn't look bad, kinda badass. I don't see the boys at Toy bring that to market anytime soon. That's a pretty wicked drop on that ride.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a wagon that was ruined with jumbo-sized wheels and a less aerodynamic front end.

      Camry Sportwagon > this
        • 7 Years Ago
        yes if there was a Camry v6 sportwagon with a manual i would be driving that. Sadly no such fun and practicality. Instead we get an ass ugly Matrix that gets the same mileage practically as the v6 camry. yay
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is it that everything that comes out of SEMA looks so ghetto?

      Is it like a gangbanger lowlife convention?
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