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Beginning this fall, you will be able to purchase an off-road beast of a truck or SUV directly from the dealership. We aren’t talking about the Ford Raptor, we are talking about a trio of TRD PRO vehicles from Toyota. Here’s what you need to know.

Toyota TRD PRO Package Unveiled - What You Need to Know

This trio of TRD PRO models is attracting a LOT of attention.

At the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Toyota unveiled a collection of Baja inspired off-road vehicles. Using the knowledge gained from various off-road events and years of research, the off-road gurus at TRD specially crafted each vehicle. The result? Some of the best stock off-road machines on the market.

Specifications for all TRD Pro Series

Each Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner with this package will come with:

  • TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs
  • TRD-tuned front and rear springs (different from stock)
  • TRD front skid plate
  • Unique front grille with “TOYOTA” badging (pays tribute to early iconic Toyota models)
  • TRD floor mats
  • TRD shift knobs
  • Black wheels

Also, there is a new Inferno color for the TRD PRO models along with black and super white.

Tundra TRD Pro

Toyota TRD PRO Package Unveiled - Tundra

Toyota’s TRD PRO Tundra is the more reasonable Raptor alternative. It is also a TON of fun!

The Tundra TRD Pro will get some other features as well including:

  • TRD-tuned springs that lift the front of the Tundra 2″ over stock AND increase travel
  • Decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over harsh terrain
  • All-black 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin ORP tires
  • TRD dual exhaust system
  • TRD PRO quarter panel bed stamping
  • New TRD Front Skid Plate – 1/4” thick aluminum with oil pan access panel
  • Unique interior seat color with red stitching
  • Unique instrument panel ornament insert

Taco Supreme

Toyota TRD PRO Package Unveiled - Tacoma

The TRD PRO Tacoma replaces the Baja and improves on it at the same time.

The Tacoma will get the standard features, plus what Toyota calls a “little hot sauce:”

  • TRD-tuned springs that lift the front of the Tacoma AND increase travel
  • Decreased spring rate
  • 16-inch black beadlock-style wheels
  • BFGoodrich® All-Terrain LT265/75R16 tires
  • TRD Exhaust
  • Black TRD PRO badge

TRD Pro 4Runner

Toyota TRD PRO Package Unveiled - 4Runner

The new TRD PRO 4Runner is one of the mos t capable stock 4Runners we have seen in a long while.

Last but not least, the 4Runner will be equipped with:

  • 1.5” lift for the front of the vehicle
  • 1” of additional wheel travel
  • All-new 17-inch TRD all-black alloy wheels
  • Black TRD Pro badges
  • Black front and rear lower bumper accents

While, there are plenty of features that stands out on these vehicles, there are a few in particular that really shine. Chief among them are:

1. Increased Wheel Travel – It is pretty expensive to add a lift AND get increased wheel travel, yet that is exactly what each of these vehicles has. The Tundra has 2”, the others have 1”. If that doesn’t seem like a big deal, you might want to look into the cost of a long-travel suspension system. Most of them cost thousands of dollars and only add a little bit more than 1-2″.

2. TRD Tuned Shocks – Shocks are shocks, right? Nope. Specially tuned TRD shocks setup the vehicle for a factory ride with better performance. Normally, after market shocks that come close to doing the same are several hundreds of dollars. Remember, they are close to the same.

3. External Shock Reservoirs – External reservoirs boost shock performance at times when you’re really hammering your truck – instead of heating up and losing their effectiveness, shocks with external reservoirs stay cool and keep on damping. Again, a really nice addition.

4. Easier Oil Changes – The Tundra PRO TRD has an oil filter access panel. This is great news for Tundra fans who had been dealing with skid plate that blocked access.

Here is the full list of specs:

 
Tundra TRD Pro
Tacoma TRD Pro
4Runner TRD Pro
Wheels18” black alloy w/ TRD logo16” black beadlock style TRD alloyNew 17” black TRD alloy
TiresMichelin ORPBFGoodrich All Terrain KO- TBD
ShocksTRD Bilstein High Performance
FRONT:
- 2” of additional wheel travel
- 60mm pistons > 46mm OE
- 12mm shafts > 12mm OE
Speed & Position Valving
- Bilstein progressive piston and valve design
- 3 stage position sensitive valving
REAR:
- 1.25” of additional wheel travel
- 60mm pistons > 46mm OE
Remote Reservoirs
- Increased oil capacity for heat management
- Increased control of cavitation
TRD Bilstein High Performance
FRONT:
- 1” of additional wheel travel
- 60mm pistons > 36/32mm OE
- 18mm shafts > 12mm OE
REAR:
- 1.5” of additional wheel travel
- 46mm pistons > 36/30mm OE
- Remote reservoir
TRD Bilstein High Performance
FRONT:
- 1” of additional wheel travel
- 60mm pistons > 32mm OE
- 18mm shafts > 12mm OE
REAR:
- 1” of additional wheel travel
- 46mm pistons >
SpringsUnique TRD-Tuned Front Springs
- 2” lift for the front of the vehicle
- Decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over harsh terrain
Unique TRD-Tuned Front Springs
- 2” lift for the front of the vehicle
- Decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over harsh terrain
Unique TRD-Tuned Front Springs
- 1.5” lift for the front of the vehicle
ExhaustTRD Dual Exhaust
- Stainless steel system
- Polished steel dual wall tips
- Reduced back pressure
- Throaty rumble sound
TRD Cat Back Exhaust
- Stainless steel system
- Polished steel dual wall tips
- Reduced back pressure
- Throaty rumble sound
No Change from OE
Skid PlateNew TRD Front Skid Plate
- 1/4” thick aluminum with oil pan access panel
TRD Front Skid Plate
- 1/8” thick stamped silver powder-coated
TRD Stamped Front Skid Plate
- 1/4” thick aluminum with venting for front differential
Exterior- Unique “TOYOTA” front grille
- “TRD Pro” quarter bed panel stamping
- Black “TUNDRA” badging on doors
- Unique “TOYOTA” front grille
- Black “TRD PRO” external hard badge
- Black “TACOMA” badging on doors
- Unique “TOYOTA” front grille
- Black “TRD PRO” external hard badges
- Black front and rear lower bumper accent
Exterior ColorsBlack, Super White, and Inferno (all-new exclusive color)Black, Super White, and Inferno (all-new exclusive color)Black, Super White, and Inferno (all-new exclusive color)
Interior- TRD Shift Knob
- TRD Floor Mats
- Unique seat color with red stitching
- Unique IP ornament insert
- TRD Shift Knob
- TRD Floor Mats
- TRD Shift Knob
- TRD Floor Mats

While, the Ford Raptor may still be the top dog here (the Raptor is truly on a different plane than all the other trucks on the market), these TRD PRO offerings are great for those not wanting to spend a fortune while getting similar performance.

What do you think? Are you ready to hit the trail in one of these?

 

About the author: Tim Esterdahl

 

Tim is a married father of three living in Western Nebraska. He is the editor and contributor to several automotive sites and is becoming an influential automotive journalist. He spends a lot of time reading, writing and talking cars/trucks with fans, insiders and manufacture reps. When he isn't talking about cars, he is usually out playing golf - a never ending obsession to see how far the little white ball will fly.

 

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