Toyota Motor Corp. is known for making trucks ready to tackle any terrain. Its new 2019 TRD Pro Series continues down that road.
Toyota revealed the off-road package that will be available on its 4Runner SUV and Tacoma and Tundra pickups at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show on Thursday. Each vehicle is equipped with 2.5-inch Fox shocks exclusive to the TRD Pro Series as well as a range of in-house-designed aftermarket parts.
“TRD Pros cater to the adventurous,” said Jack Hollis, sales chief of Toyota’s U.S. division. “They’re without a doubt our most impressive off road vehicles ever.”
The mid-size Tacoma TRD Pro truck comes with the Fox shocks and TRD-tuned springs that provide a one-inch lift. There are also 2.5-inch rear shocks, a front skid plate with red TRD lettering and a performance TRD cat-back exhaust. A front sway bar and one-inch increase to the Tacoma’s track width improves stability.
Black sport bezels on the headlights and taillights, a black front grille and 16-inch black alloy wheels are also standard. Goodyear Wrangler Kevlar All-Terrain tires are fitted to all four corners.
The Tacoma also has an available feature exclusive among the 2019 TRD Pro Series: a desert “snorkel” air intake positioned high above the hood for unobstructed airflow during off-roading.
Tundra TRD Pro models also have significant upgrades. Its Fox shocks and TRD-tuned springs increase ride height by two inches. The Tundra features Rigid Industries LED fog lights, a black grille and hood and skid plate with red TRD lettering similar to the Tacoma. It differs thanks to a dual TRD Pro exhaust and 18-inch satin black BBS aluminum wheels with Michelin all-terrain tires.
The largest of the bunch is the three-row 4Runner TRD Pro. It receives a one-inch lift plus a new roof rack for carrying extra cargo or gear best stored outside. Like the Tacoma, the 4Runner TRD Pro features a skid plate with red TRD lettering and a one-inch increase to its track width. Nitto Terra Grappler all-terrain tires are fitted to 17-inch matte black TRD alloy wheels.
The 2019 TRD Pro Series vehicles also feature interior enhancements such as Entune Premium JBL Audio in the Tacoma and 4Runner, and TRD branded floor mats, shift knobs and seat stitching in all models.
All models also receive Toyota’s Safety Star System with electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and smart stop technology that slows the engine if the accelerator and brake are pressed simultaneously. The Tundra and Tacoma come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P, or TSS-P, a suite of advanced safety features recently tested by Trucks.com on the 2018 Tundra.
TRD, which stands for Toyota Racing Development, introduced the TRD Pro lineup in 2014 with off-road ready trucks straight from the factory. Toyota introduced a less aggressive TRD Sport package at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show to offer alongside its top TRD Pro Series lineup.
The new TRD Pro Series trucks will go on sale in the fall of 2018. Pricing information will be provided closer to launch.
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