Toyota is introducing their next generation of TRD Pro Series off-road trucks at the Chicago Auto Show this week. For 2019, Tundra, 4Runner and Tacoma will all feature Fox shocks and a host of impressive off-road equipment tuned and designed by the engineers at Toyota Racing Development (TRD).
The 2019 TRD Pro series will be available in fall of 2018 with Fox 2.5-inch Internal Bypass Shocks featured across the line up, an available TRD Desert Air Intake for Tacoma, TRD Roof Rack on 4Runner, and Tundra with Rigid Fog Lights and BBS Wheels – plus a lot more.
Each TRD Pro vehicle (Tacoma, 4Runner and Tundra) will be offered in three colors – Super White, Midnight Black Metallic or Voodoo Blue (a TRD Pro exclusive color).
Fox Bypass Shocks
A true off-road vehicle is only as good as its suspension. For 2019, the entire TRD Pro family rides on 2.5-inch TRD Pro-exclusive Fox Internal Bypass shocks. Tuned specifically for each vehicle by the engineers at TRD, the aluminum-bodied Fox shocks offer impressive performance and supreme damping with comfort and confidence for high-speed desert running, slow-speed rock crawling, or simply driving to and from work, says Toyota.
Typical off-road vehicles traditionally have external bypass tubes on their shock bodies to fine-tune damping pressure, each high-tech TRD Fox shock incorporates bypass zones inside of the shock. According to Toyota, the multiple bypass zones offer a cushioned, plush ride during typical operation but get progressively stiffer through the shock stroke to provide excellent bottoming resistance.
TRD Fox front shocks are paired with specially-tuned TRD springs designed for ride comfort and to produce additional lift, giving each TRD Pro vehicle a heightened stance for improved trail- conquering capability. A combination of high-temperature shock fluid and nitrogen gas pressure are employed inside each Fox shock to improve bump compliance and to help maximize seal life.
Every TRD Pro model features rear 2.5-inch Fox shocks that utilize a piggyback reservoir to house additional oil volume, which assists in maintaining peak damping performance during extreme use.
Tundra relies on the beefy rear leaf springs also equipped on the TRD Off-Road grade, 4Runner utilizes the TRD Off-Road grade rear coil springs, while Tacoma features progressive-rate off-road leaf springs out back to allow more compression suspension travel to aid performance over rough terrain.
TRD dust boots are utilized front and rear to offer added protection to help keep dust and dirt out, and 4Runner utilizes unique roost shields to help protect the inverted rear shock.
2019 Tacoma TRD Pro
The Tacoma TRD Pro gets a (pardon us) a truckload of ‘TRD Pro’ treatments in 2019.
The exterior of the 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro features unique TRD Pro badges, projector-beam headlights with black sport bezels and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Rigid Industries LED fog lights, taillights with black sport bezels, and a black TOYOTA grille.
The offset of the 16-inch TRD Pro black alloy wheels gives the Tacoma a 1-inch wider track both front and rear for added stability with trail and pavement traction provided by the P265/70R16 Goodyear Wrangler Kevlar All-Terrain tires.
Underneath, Tacoma delivers a better ride on and off-road with enhanced 2.5- inch Fox front shocks with 46mm pistons and 8 bypass zones (5 compression, 3 rebound) and a larger front sway bar. At the rear, the Tacoma features 2.5-inch rear shocks with 11 bypass zones (7 compression, 4 rebound) and 2-inch piggyback reservoirs. New TRD-tuned springs provide an additional 1 inch of front lift while an updated TRD front skid plate with ‘TRD’ red lettering protects the running gear.
On the Inside, Tacoma TRD Pro comes to standard Entune Premium JBL Audio with subwoofer amplifier and Integrated Navigation and App Suite. Tacoma is also equipped with TRD Pro-branded floor mats and leather- trimmed seats with TRD Pro emblems on the front headrests.
But the most striking of the Tacoma upgrades is the available TRD Desert Air Intake. Designed to sustain consistent off-road performance no matter how dirty the terrain, the TRD Desert Air Intake moves the V6 engine’s air intake away from dust that hovers inside the wheel well where traditional air intakes are located. During off-road operation the air intake brings cleaner air into the engine from the space above the windshield.
2019 Tundra TRD Pro
The Tundra TRD Pro features Fox 2.5-inch front shocks with 46 mm pistons and 11 bypass zones (7 compression, 4 bypass) to fine-tune damping performance. TRD-tuned springs provide an additional 2 inches of front lift with front wheel travel increased by more than 1.5 inches. At the rear, Tundra’s 2.5-inch Fox shocks feature 12 bypass zones (8 compression, 4 bypass) and 2.5-inch piggyback reservoirs with wheel travel increased by more than 2 inches.
The 2019 Tundra TRD Pro has new Rigid Industries LED fog lights for improved visibility on and off the highway along with LED headlights with LED accent lights and a unique black treatment. A new TOYOTA grille plus new hood scoop adorn the Tundra’s front end while, to the back, TRD Pro stamping is found on the bed’s rear quarter
Tundra also gets new 18-inch BBS forged-aluminum, five-spoke satin black wheels mounted with Michelin P275/65R18 all-terrain tires to provide a sure footing on and off-road. Underneath is a TRD Pro 1/4-inch skid plate sporting signature red Toyota lettering with a dual TRD Pro exhaust featuring new Black Chrome exhaust tips, delivers a throaty growl on the trail or the highway.
Inside, TRD Pro logos adorn the leather-trimmed seats, while red stitching accents the dash, seats and armrests. TRD Pro floor mats, shift knob and a center-console emblem complete the look. The Tundra TRD Pro will also offer an available moonroof.
2019 4Runner TRD Pro
For 2019, TRD Pro takes 4Runner’s trail capability to a next level inside and out.
4Runner’s Fox shocks will not only enhance its off-road performance but, paired with the TRD-tuned front springs, the package lifts its front 1 inch while providing nearly 1 inch of additional wheel travel. The 2.5-inch front shocks with 46 mm pistons include 7 bypass zones (4 compression, 3 rebound). In the rear, the 2.5-inch Fox shocks feature 11 bypass zones (7 compression, 4 rebound) with 2-inch piggyback reservoirs for improved damping performance when it’s needed most.
The 2019 4Runner adds a new roof rack for stashing additional gear outside of the cabin and the 1/4-inch-thick front skid plate sports new red TRD lettering. Additional TRD Pro exterior features include LED fog lights, blacked-out TOYOTA grille, and projector- beam headlights with smoked trim.
4Runner will run on 17-inch matte-black TRD alloy wheels with an offset that provides a nearly a 1-inch wider track front and rear for added stability. For sure all-terrain traction, Nitto Terra Grappler P265/70R17 A/T tires will provide sure-footed performance for whatever the situation demands.
On the inside, like Tacoma, 4Runner TRD Pro will feature a new-for-2019 standard Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite. Other appointments include TRD Pro floor mats, TRD shift knob, and red-stitched Softex seats with red TRD logos on the front headrests.
See the 2019 TRD Pro Series trucks at the Chicago Auto Show ( www.chicagoautoshow.com )at McCormick Place.
For more information, visit www.Toyota.com/TRDpro