Are These New Toys Aimed at the SVT Raptor?
Two weeks ago we brought you a very brief and dusty first look at Toyota’s new TRD Pro models that appeared to be aimed at knocking the SVT Raptor from its pedestal. So it’s no surprise that Toyota has now unveiled the newest desert-bred trucks in their stable at the Chicago Auto Show earlier today.
Now that the cat is out of the bag, you’re probably wondering whether these TRD Pro models are just plain Jane sticker packages or legit off-road rigs you can take out and bomb around in the desert with. Toyota says that their new factory-installed TRD Pro series is aimed squarely at extreme off-road enthusiasts who push their trucks and SUVs to the limit in the dirt.
The TRD Pro series is available on 4X4 models of Tundra, Tacoma and of course the 4Runner. The 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro features new 60MM Bilstein shocks with 18MM shafts allowing it to cycle an extra 2 inches of wheel travel while the rear gets a set of 60MM remote reservoir shocks that allow it to cycle 1.25 inches of additional wheel travel in the rear. The 60MM shocks feature a 3 stage position sensitive valving that works as a progressive piston valve design. These aren’t small puny shocks by any means and the increased oil capacity should work well to keep the shocks performing while prerunning through the desert to keep cavitation at bay. Aside from this the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro features a 2-inch of lift up front while a lighter spring rate allows it to better soak up the whoops, improving ride quality over harsh terrain.
The Tundra TRD Pro features all-black 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin ORP tires for an overall aggressive look as well as better off road capability. A TRD dual exhaust system frees up a few extra ponies while a unique interior seat color with red stitching finishes off the look of this big off-road Tundra.
The 2015 Toyota Tacoma and 4Runner TRD Pro are set up a little different however, as they are only equipped with TRD Bilstein 60MM shocks with 18MM shafts up front and use a set of TRD Bilstein 46MM remote reservoir shocks in the rear. The Tacoma TRD Pro also cycles an extra 1-inch of wheel travel up front and an extra 1.5 inches out back while the 4Runner TRD Pro cycles 1-inch of extra wheel travel up front and an extra 1.25 inches in the rear. You can bet these shocks aren’t going to fade during hard charging runs through mildly whooped-out desert two tracks. The Tacoma TRD Pro is also lifted 2 inches higher up front while the 4Runner TRD Pro sits 1.5 inches taller up front.
The 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro also gets a set of unique 16-inch simulated beadlock wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain LT265/75R16 tires for adequate traction in any condition while a TRD cat back exhaust system gives it a nice throaty rumble. Since the 4Runner has long been an icon in the off-road community, Toyota gave the 2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro a set of black front and rear lower bumper accents along with all new 17-inch TRD all-black alloy wheels.
These trucks are designed to hit the dirt at the drop of a hat so it’s no surprise the guys at TRD also gave these trucks a front skid plate to keep creosote bushes and Chupacabra alike away from vital engine parts while prerunning in remote deserts.
You’ll notice that all the TRD Pro series trucks feature a unique front grille with “TOYOTA” badging prominently displayed up front which pays tribute to the early iconic Toyota models. Aside from this, you’ll also find TRD Floor mats and a TRD shift knob inside the TRD Pro series trucks. All the TRD Pro series trucks feature distinctive new colors to choose from such as Inferno as well as Black and Super White.
Are these trucks ready to gang up on the SVT Raptor and dethrone it as the king of the desert? We’re not exactly sure just yet but you can bet we’ll be the first to bring it to you!