Aimed at the hardcore off-road enthusiast, Toyota will roll out a new line of purpose-built trucks under its Toyota Racing Development (TRD) banner in fall 2014. The TRD Pro series adds a special set of exclusive equipment to certain Toyota Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runner models with 4×4 capability.
The most prominent and recognizable feature of the new set of off-road trucks is the retro-styled “TOYOTA” badge, which was last seen on the now-defunct heavy-duty Toyota FJ Cruiser. All Toyota TRD Pro trucks will be built with factory-installed TRD upgrades such as Bilstein shocks, tuned front springs, front skid plate, TRD shift knobs and floor mats, and distinctive black wheels. Classic Black and Super White colors will be offered alongside the new color, Inferno (pictured).
Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Series models will feature TRD springs with 2 inches of front lift, softer springs for a better ride, a TRD dual exhaust, 18-inch wheels with Michelin ORP tires, and an array of TRD badges and unique trim elements. The smaller Tacoma TRD Pro gets similar upgrades, including a TRD exhaust, and 16-inch black wheels with BFGoodrich All-Terrain rubber. Lastly, the 4Runner TRD Pro gains 1 inches of wheel travel, 1.5 inches of front lift, and 17-inch black wheels. These upgrades should add a serious dosage of attitude as well as functionality to any off-road enthusiast’s garage.
The TRD Pro package will be available on Access and Double Cab versions of 4.0-liter V-6 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 models, all 4×4 versions of the Toyota 4Runner, as well as CrewMax and Double Cab versions of the 5.7-liter V-8 4×4 Toyota Tundra. Toyota has not come out with any pricing information for its new TRD Pro Series, but expect more details leading up to the planned launch in fall 2014.