Toyota Gets Tough with TRD Pro Off-Road Trucks

Toyota has launched a trio of new TRD Pro off-road ready trucks. The 4Runner, Tundra, and Tacoma get Fox shocks and other off-road ready new features. But that snorkel-looking intake on Tacoma isn't a snorkel.

The starting point for the TRD Pro models are 2.5-inch Fox internal bypass shocks. the new dampers are designed to perform in high-speed desert runs and low-speed rock crawling, but still be comfortable when taking you to work. The bypass zones give a cushioned ride in normal operation, but get progressively stiffer as the shock moves through its travel. That also helps prevent the shocks from bottoming out. The rear shocks use an external reservoir to let them hold more shock fluid. That keeps them cooler and helps performance.

The Tundra uses the TRD rear leaf springs of the TRD Off-Road, the 4Runner uses similar coil springs, and the Tacoma gets a progressive rear leaf spring that allows more suspension travel. The models get TRD dust boots to help keep moving parts clean.

The Tacoma TRD Pro is based on the TRD Off-Road model. The Fox shocks have eight bypass zones up front and 11 in the back. They're paired with TRD springs that lift the truck by 25 mm in the front. There is a larger front swaybar to keep front roll in check. New 16-inch wheels have a different offset to add 25 mm to the track front and rear. Those wheels wear 265/70 R16 Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires.



It also has a new front skid plate with red TRD lettering and a cat-back exhaust with black chrome trim. There are TRD badges, projector headlights with black trim, and Rigid Industries LED fog lights.

Inside, the TRD Pro has leather seats with TRD emblems and TRD floor mats. It also has a JBL audio system with navigation.

The most noticeable change to the Tacoma TRD Pro is the desert air intake. It looks like a deep-water snorkel but is actually designed to keep debris out of the engine when driving in dust, sand or silt.

The Tundra TRD Pro gets the Fox shocks and new springs for 50mm of lift in the front. Wheel travel is increased 38 mm in the front and more than 50 mm in the rear.

The Tundra gets the same black trim treatment as the Tacoma, and Rigid Industries LED fog lights. The Tundra also has LED headlights. TRD Pro is stamped into the bed. Underneath, the Tundra has a skid plate with TRD logo and a cat-back exhaust.

The Tundra TRD Pro uses 18-inch BBS wheels that trim 1.5 kg per wheel to improve handling and ride. Those wheels have Michelin all-terrain tires in 275/65 R18 size.

Inside it has TRD Pro logos on the front leather seats, with red stitching throughout the interior.

The 4Runner TRD Pro adds a 25 mm front lift along with Fox shocks. The shocks have an inverted design in the rear, and there is a TRD shield to protect them.

New 17-inch wheels add nearly 25 mm to the track front and rear and wear Nitto Terra Grappler tires in 265/70 R17 size.

The 4Runner TRD Pro has a new roof rack designed to hold more gear outside of the cabin. It also has a thick TRD-badged skidplate.

Inside, it has a JBL audio system with navigation and TRD logos on softex seats. It has LED fog lights and a blacked-out grille like the other Pro trucks.

The 2019 TRD Pro models will be available this fall.

Trick shocks, desert ready 2/8/2018 4:35:08 PM