This is Part 2 of several posts showcasing the EP and 3D prototypes Matchbox brought to show at the Gathering earlier this month.
Here are two more models that are in the EP phase – meaning the casting is done, and it moves on to getting any final touches, and then color and deco.
The first is the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, and the second the Fiat 500X. The Tacoma is a surprising choice, considering an earlier Tacoma was released just a few years ago as a Life Guard truck. This Tacoma carries the new body style and grill, and also has an accessory – in this case, a tent.
Accessories seem to be the thing in the auto world, and it is cool to see Matchbox tapping into that with both the Brookwood and now the Tacoma. Like the Wagon, the Toyota sacrifices its interior to get its accessory, and also like the wagon, it is removable. No interior is a bummer, but I think this model is far more interesting with the tent. Plus, with Matchbox dedicated to metal bodies for all models, especially licensed, I can take this with no problem.
The Fiat is also a surprise. Seeing a Fiat isn’t surprising, but the 500X is. A little more obscure, but with Hot Wheels already producing a fairly stock 500, this is welcome. And it looks rally-like, especially with its roof rack.
So here they are, two more models to look forward to in 2017, and based on where they are in development, it shouldn’t be too long before they hit the pegs…