The redesigned Toyota Tacoma is now more off-road ready than ever.
Toyota has revealed the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, designed to tackle the desert going flat out. Toyota’s TRD Pro models are all Baja-inspired off-road racers that get both improved appearance and some decent performance upgrades.
For the 2017 model year, Toyota is bringing the TRD Pro package back to the Tacoma after the truck was fully redesigned for 2016. That means the TRD Pro uses the Tacoma’s new 3.5-liter V6 with 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, which can be paired to a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission.
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The bits that actually make it desert ready include FOX 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks all around, TRD-tuned front springs which lift the truck by one inch, progressive-rate off-road leaf springs and four-wheel drive with Toyota’s automatic limited-slip differential. Both Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select, Toyota’s off-road aides are standard on the truck.
The TRD Pro is based on the Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4×4 double cab short bed and also includes a tow package that comes with a hitch, an engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, 130-amp alternator and trailer-sway control.
To make sure it looks good, the truck is fit with 16-inch black alloy wheels, wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain tires. Black TRD Pro badging is found all over the truck, while fog lights, a skid plate and projector beam headlamps frame the new grille which’s features the classic “TOYOTA” badge.
Three colors can be had with the truck: cement, Barcelona red metallic, and super white.
Inside, the truck gets leather-trimmed heated front seats with TRD Pro logos in the headrests, a 4-way adjustable driver’s seat, a TRD shift knob, TRD floor mats, rear parking assist and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
Like with all new Tacoma models, the TRD Pro is fit with a standard GoPro mount so you can record your adventures.
Expect the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro to hit dealer in fall of 2016.
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