Toyota Racing Development (TRD) – is a special division of manufacturer, engaged in the modernization of its production cars. In other words, the TRD is for the Toyota brand fans, like the AMG for the Mercedes lovers.
The TRD Pro Series has been unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show. Tuning packages have been tested on the Tundra, 4Runner and Tacoma models. The updated models have received significant changes in its design, impressive colors and interesting names.
The Toyota Tacoma in its TRD Pro version leaves an incredible impression with its exterior as well as unique characteristics of the chassis, but the «heart» of the car is the same powertrain as that of the basic version.
The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro has been launched at the Auto Show in Chicago, which was held in February 13-21 this year, presented as the 2017 year model. The car has been built on the base of its predecessor, the premiere of which took place in 2014 at the same auto show.
The TRD in-house tuning shop has once again prepared a pick-up, inspired by the fabulous success of Toyota racing models who took part in the Bajara 1000 and Bajara 500 competitions.
Similarly to the Ford F-150 the Raptor, the fresh model from the Japanese manufacturer, comparing to the previous variation, is characterized by an aggressive appearance and improved chassis, but does not feature a more powerful powertrain.
The Exterior Design
This off-road racing car is distinguished by an amazing exterior. The front part is rather striking with its grille as well as the facial body kit, which is connected with a special protective plate that covers a part of the power unit and the front wheel axis.
The pick-up is also equipped with air intakes on the hood, black wheel arch extensions, extraordinary door handles painted to match with the body color, a massive rear bumper and housings of the rear-view mirrors, as well as impressive «TRD Pro» labels on the tailgate and the front doors. In general, the tuned version of the model looks more attractive.
The novelty has an aluminum engine protection block, as well as LED lightings. An aggressive design of the exterior, an increased ground clearance makes the car look more awesome and the «TRD Pro» nameplates give sportiness, and make it clear, that the car version is rather unusual; it is to be feared of on the roads.
The Car Interior
One can observe a leather steering wheel and new mats inside of the car. Seats have black high-quality leather upholstery, with embroidered «TRD Pro» label on the headrests. The interior features include a multimedia system with a 4.2-inch touch screen, which can be used as an inclinometer.
The «extreme» version of pickup include: adjustable front seats, parking sensors, a comfortable leather steering wheel with many useful buttons, the Side Blind Zone Alert as well as the Lane Departure Warning system. The interior is very spacious with the highest level of comfort, in this regard; there is nothing to complain about.
Technical Characteristics of the Vehicle
In the engine compartment of a pickup truck there is a 3.5-liter V6 power unit with an output of 278 hp of maximum power. The torque of this engine is 360 Nm. These indicators of torque and power due to an automatic or a manual transmission are delivered directly to each wheel. The basic technology is an electronic control of the rear differential of increased friction.
Since the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro was created to conquer the off-road, the designers have equipped it with internal FOX 2.5 Bypass and adjustable front springs with one-inch lift. The springs increase the front axle suspension by 250 mm and the rear one – by 280 mm. The car has also a unique leaf spring rear suspension.
One of the main features of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD pro is its daring 16-inch alloy wheels, with a reliable Goodyear and Kevlar-reinforced tires, which perfectly match with all other elements of the exterior.
The Pick-up Price and Release Date
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro pick-up will arrive at dealerships this fall. The cost of the novelty will be announced before the event.