Chicago Auto Show Unveils New TRD’s
At the 2018 Chigaco Auto Show, Toyota unveils three new editions coming for 2019. The 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra TRD Pro editions. Jack Hollis, Group Vice President and General Manager of the Toyota Division gave a press release presentation during the show.
Hollis says during his presentation that performance packages have been offered from Toyota since 1979. That is almost 40 years! We have come to know those packages as TRD (Toyota Racing Development) or TRD Pro. Hollis went on to give us some statistics including; 40% of all Toyota Tacoma’s, Toyota Tundra’s and Toyota 4Runner’s sold in 2017 were equipped with a TRD package. A staggering 56% of Tacoma’s sold in 2017 were TRD grade.
The Toyota slogan, “let’s go places”, is exactly what they mean with the TRD packages for the Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner.
Whether it’s for rock crawling, water wading, or negotiating sand, snow, mud or dirt. Toyota is adding some new features to the 2019 TRD lineup to make them more capable. One of the biggest changes will be to the shock absorbers, which will no longer be Bilsteins. Internal Bypass Fox shocks will now be standard on the TRD Pro’s.
2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Projector beam headlights and LED daytime running lamps will be standard along with Rigid Industries LED fog lights. As well getting an inch wider track and Goodyear Wrangler Kevlar All-Terrain tires, here’s what else can be expected;
- 2.5″ Fox front shocks (with 46mm pistons and 8 bypass zones)
- TRD tuned springs for an extra 1″ of lift
- Larger front sway bar
- 2.5′ rear shocks (with 11 bypass zones) paired with 2″ piggyback reservoirs
- Updated front skid plate with red TRD lettering
- Exhaust gets a black chrome tip
- Black grille
- Black badging
- Entune premium JBL audio system with sub and amp
- App suite
- TRD branded seats and floor mats
Available for the Tacoma, will be the Desert Air Intake.This allows for better air quality and filtration whilst driving in sandy and silty offroad environments.
2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
The Tundra will also get the Fox shock absorbers, and TRD tuned springs, increasing front lift by 2″. This increases front wheel travel to 1.5″. It will also get the black treatment similar to the Tacoma with the black grille, and badging. Rigid Industries LED fog lamps will be added as well as LED headlights and accent lighting. A new hood scoop will be added and TRD Pro will be stamped on the rear quarter panels on the bed.
Forged Aluminum (lightweight) BBS wheels will be added to reduce unsprung mass, improving cornering capabilities. A dual exhaust with black chrome tips finishes off the black accents on the vehicle. A 1/4″ skid plate will also be added.
2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
The 4Runner will receive the Fox shock absorbers on the front as well as TRD tuned springs. This gives the SUV a 1″ lift and nearly 1″ of wheel travel. A roost shield will be added to protect the inverted shock design on the rear. A roof rack gets added on top and the 1/4″ skid plate on the bottom. The 4Runner will get 17″ TRD alloy wheels, a wider stance, and Nitto Terra Grappler all terrain tires. Also included;
- Premium JBL audio
- Integrated Navigation
- App Suite
- TRD Pro floor mats
- TRD shift knob
- Red stitched Softex seats with logo
- LED fog lights
- Black grille
- projector beam headlights
“2018 Chicago Auto Show.” Livestream, Toyota, 8 Feb. 2018, livestream.com/Toyota/Chicago2018/videos/169949680
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