Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra become TRD Pros
Big enhancement is Fox Internal Bypass shocks to aid ride and handlingJoe Duarte
Published: February 11, 2018, 10:30 PM
Updated: April 30, 2018, 6:40 PM
Toyota is giving its off-roaders the equipment with which to better do their thing, bringing back the TRD Pro Series on the 2019 Tundra and Tacoma pickups, and the 4Runner sport ute.
At the base of all three will be all-new Fox 2.5-inch Internal Bypass shocks, to provide the ride and handling from which the enhanced performance expected from Toyota Racing Development (TRD) can flow. In keeping with the philosophy first unveiled in 2014, the TRD Pro lineup offers unique styling and highly-capable performance off-road equipment. It will come to showrooms in fall 2018.
Among the unique elements will be a new exterior colour, Voodoo Blue, lining up against stalwarts Super White and Midnight Black Metallic.
The Fox bypass shocks are in line with performance off-road racing, with the exception that these have the bypass zones are inside the shock, whereas off-road racers have external bypass tubes on their shocks. The bypass zones offer a cushioned, plush ride during everyday use, but get progressively stiffer through the shock stroke to prevent the “bottoming out” common to high-speed driving over ultra-bumpy terrain.
The front shocks are paired with TRD springs to further enhance ride, while providing additional lift for a more aggressive stance. The rear varies from truck to truck, with Tundra getting TRD Off-Road Grade leaf springs, Tacoma getting TRD Off-Road Grade coils, and Tacoma getting progressive-rate off-road leafs. TRD dust boots protect the shocks from dust and dirt.
Unique equipment on Tacoma includes an upgraded front skid plate, cat-back TRD exhaust with black chrome tip, projector-beam headlights with black sport bezels, LED Daytime Running Lights, Rigid Industries LED fog lights, 16-inch TRD Pro black alloy wheels, taillights with black sport bezels, black Toyota grille, and Entune Premium JBL Audio system with subwoofer amp and integrated navigation and app suite. TRD Pro badging permeates through the interior and exterior.
However, the Tacoma’s most eye-catching upgrade is the all-new TRD Desert Air intake (taking the intake away from the wheel well, where it is traditionally located), designed to ensure the truck’s 278-hp 3.5 V-6 always gets fresh air.
On Tundra TRD Pro, upgrades include Rigid Industries LED fog lights, headlights and accent lights in a unique black treatment, Toyota grille, hood scoop, TRD stamping on rear quarter panels, TRD Pro exhaust with black chrome exhaust tips, TRD Pro 1/4-inch skid plate up front, 18-inch BBS forged-aluminum, satin black wheels, and red-stitched leather trimmed seats, dash and armrests.
The 4Runner gets a new roof rack, 1/4-inch front skid plate, LED fog lights, blacked-out Toyota grille, projector-beam headlights with smoked trim, 17-inch matte-black TRD alloy wheels, the Entune Premium JBL Audio, and TRD shift knob.