May 21, 2018

Toyota unveils new off-road trucks at the Chicago Auto Show

11 February 2018, 05:08 | Kenneth Drake

2019 Toyota TRD Pro models debut in Chicago

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Gets Snorkel So It Doesn't Choke on Sand

"For 2019, the entire TRD Pro family rides on 2.5-inch TRD Pro-exclusive Fox Internal Bypass shocks", Toyota announced in its press release in time for the upcoming Chicago Auto Show.

The 2019 TRD Pro lineup will be in showrooms by the fall of 2018 and buyers will have the choice of three colors: Super White, Midnight Black Metallic or the TRD Pro-exclusive Voodoo Blue.

Toyota's TRD Pro line of trucks has been around for a while now, and for 2019, they're getting some welcome upgrades. The trucks is also equipped with foglights, projector-style headlights and TRD Pro badging. This, Toyota says, gives better performance off-road without sacrificing on-road comfort. The Tacoma TRD Pro uses shocks with 46mm piston and 8 bypass zones combined with springs that lift the front of the truck by an inch. Also available is what Toyota is calling the TRD Desert Air Intake, a.k.a. a snorkel, to help keep dust and dirt out of the 278-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine's air intake during off-road use.

There's an extra inch of front lift on the TRD Pro 4Runner compared to other grades, plus almost 1 inch of additional wheel travel and a almost 1-inch wider track front and rear.

Out back, "TRD Pro" stamping is found on the bed's rear quarter panels, while the vehicle sits on a new set of 18-inch forged aluminum wheels from BBS.

A JBL audio system and leather seats complete the inside trim, while the exterior is accented by Rigid Industries fog lights and 16-inch TRD black rims. The 4Runner TRD Pro gets the same Fox shocks with a 1-inch lift out front. The suite includes vehicle stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD and brake assist. While vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler and Ford F-150 Raptor tend to draw the most attention in off-road circles, Toyota's TRD Pro lineup also offers highly capable, tried and tested performance for when you're ready to leave the pavement behind.

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