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Toyota unveils the latest iteration of its TRD Pro Series lineup at the Chicago Auto Show

February 13, 2018


Midwinter might have cast a chill outside the McCormick Place convention complex, home to the annual Chicago Auto Show. But inside, Toyota did its best to turn up the heat by taking the wraps off its 2019 lineup of TRD Pro Series vehicles last week.
 
First unveiled in 2014, TRD Pro vehicles boast specialty performance equipment designed and tuned by Toyota Racing Development (TRD) to help boost the Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner’s off-road credentials. This new generation advances the concept, giving Toyota owners the ability to go even more places when they run out of pavement.
 
It all starts with the suspension. The standard setup for all three TRD Pro Series vehicles is augmented with 2.5-inch TRD Pro-exclusive Fox Internal Bypass shocks at all four wheels. These aluminum-bodied components – modified by TRD engineers specifically for each vehicle – offer impressive performance and supreme damping from high-speed desert running to slow-speed rock crawling to daily commute cruising. This is due in large part to multiple bypass zones, cleverly contained within each shock, that cushion the ride over smooth surfaces but get progressively stiffer when the going gets rougher.
 
The Fox shocks are paired with TRD-tuned springs, contributing to a more refined ride.
 
Building on that firm foundation, each TRD Pro Series model comes equipped with additional features that further set them apart from their standard configuration siblings.
 

Sand Snorkel -- The 2019 TRD Pro Series Tacoma can be fitted with an available TRD Desert Air Intake. By scooping cleaner air, it can help enhance the performance of the engine in dusty environments.

Tacoma TRD Pro
 
The big news here is the Tacoma’s available TRD Desert Air Intake. This new component shifts the pickup truck’s intake from the wheel well – where the air is more likely to be contaminated by silt and dirt – to above the windshield. Cleaner intake air can help the engine perform its best in dusty environments and also help extend the life of the 3.5-liter V6 engine’s air filter.
 
Other standout features include:
 
  • Larger front sway bar
  • TRD Pro front skid plate
  • TRD cat-back exhaust accented with black chrome tip
  • TRD Pro-branded floor mats and headrests
  • TRD Pro exterior badges
  • Taillights and projector-beam headlights with black bezels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rigid Industries LED fog lights
  • Black Toyota grille
  • TRD Pro 16-inch black alloy wheels

Shock Treatment -- Every model in the 2019 TRD Pro Series lineup comes standard with Fox Internal Bypass shocks that deliver impressive performance and supreme damping across a wide array of driving conditions.

Tundra TRD Pro
 
In addition to the beefier suspension, this version of Toyota’s full-sized pickup also gets:
 
  • TRD Pro front skid plate
  • New hood scoop
  • Rigid Industries LED fog lights
  • LED headlights with LED accent lights and a unique black treatment
  • Black Toyota grille
  • 18-inch BBBS forged-aluminum five-spoke satin black wheels
  • TRD dual exhaust with black chrome tip
  • TRD Pro stamping on the bed’s rear quarter panel
  • TRD Pro-branded driver and front passenger seats
  • TRD Pro-branded floor mats
  • TRD Pro-branded shift knob
  • TRD Pro-branded center-console emblem

Under Armor -- Also standard across the 2019 TRD Pro Series lineup is the TRD Pro front skid plate that helps protect the vehicle's undercarriage from offroad obstacles.

4Runner TRD Pro
 
Unique to Toyota’s iconic SUV is a new TRD-designed roof rack for stashing gear best left outside of the cabin.
 
Other items of note include:
 
  • TRD Pro front skid plate
  • TRD Pro 17-inch matte-black alloy wheels
  • Nitto Terra Grappler P265/70R17 A/T tires
  • Rigid Industries LED fog lights
  • Projector-beam headlights with smoked trim
  • Black Toyota grille
  • TRD Pro-branded floor mats
  • TRD Pro-branded red-stitched Softex seats
  • TRD Pro-branded shift knob
Though the TRD Pro Series clearly places an emphasis on toughness, it doesn’t come at the cost of safety. All three models come standard with the Star Safety System, which includes Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology. And Tundra and Tacoma are also equipped with Toyota Safety Sense P, which features Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Automatic High Beams and high-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
 
Look for the 2019 TRD Pro Series lineup to begin arriving at dealerships in the fall.
 
By Dan Miller

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