Toyota Debuts New TRD Pro Truck Packages for Off-Road Fun
A newly refreshed lineup of off-road vehicles from Toyota could help the company finally establish some real street cred among dirt hounds. Dubbed the Toyota TRD Pro Series
, Toyota’s new lineup consists of souped up versions of the company’s 2015 4Runner SUV and its 2015 Tacoma and Tundra trucks. Auto critics have greeted the upgrades with considerable enthusiasm and predict they will do well in the off-road category when the vehicles start shipping this fall.
Drawing Inspiration from Rivals
Toyota appears to have derived at least some of the inspiration for its latest lineup from the Raptor Edition of Ford’s popular F-150 Series. That vehicle, with its gigantic 6.2-liter V-8 engine and array of off-road-friendly features, has been a tremendous success for Ford ever since it was first introduced in 2010. Toyota appears to be trying to emulate that success by outfitting its new Toyota TRD trucks with a slew of similarly impressive factory-installed upgrades for dirt riding.
Some of the upgrades, including an optimized TRD exhaust, Bilstein remote-reservoir shocks and BFGoodrich all-terrain tires, are available on all three TRD models. However, some of the other new upgrades are model specific. The Toyota TRD package for the Tacoma, for instance, features a three-inch lift in front, 1.5 inches of extra lift in the back, standard 16-inch alloy wheels and an exhaust system with a stainless-steel catalytic converter.
The Toyota Tundra TRD package comes with many of the same features available on the Tacoma TRD. But, it gets a two-inch front lift, an extra 1.25 inches of rear travel. The vehicle also ships standard with 18-inch alloy wheels and a dual exhaust system made of sleek, stainless steel. For the TRD version of the 4Runner SUV, Toyota has added one-inch of extra lift on all four suspension and ships the car standard with 17-inch alloys.
Appearance and Performance
Toyota also appears to have put in considerable effort in giving the TRD Series an exterior aesthetic designed to appeal to off-road enthusiasts. All of the vehicles, for instance, come with a Toyota block-letter front grill that is very reminiscent of the grilles on the FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser. Front and back skid plates and black wheels add to the outdoor ambience, as do the very visible TRD Pro badging on the front and the doors of each vehicle. Toyota will make its new TRD series available in super-white, burnt orange or black colors.
From a performance standpoint, the TRD Series is likely to be only modestly more powerful than 4x4 versions of the Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner. Toyota has so far only released preliminary technical specifications for the three models. The company has remained tight-lipped about what exactly the vehicles will pack under the hood. Most, though, do not expect the vehicles to be significantly different from Toyota’s existing 4x4’s in terms of engine displacement, horsepower and transmission. Toyota has only said that the TRD Pro Series will be priced relatively affordably for vehicles in their class
. However, the company has not disclosed specific pricing on any of the vehicles yet.