The TRD Pro is packed with heavy-duty suspension hardware and electronic aids that enhance performance in grueling conditions.
CHICAGO — Toyota, fresh off launching the redesigned Tacoma late last year, is expanding the midsize truck’s lineup with a high-performance off-road version. Toyota unveiled the Tacoma TRD Pro today at the Chicago Auto Show.
The TRD Pro, based on the four-wheel-drive, double-cab, short-bed model of the Tacoma, is packed with heavy-duty suspension hardware and electronic aids that enhance performance in grueling conditions, such as thick sand, steep unpaved hills and over rocky terrain.
The vehicle is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with several unusual features. It includes both port and direct fuel injection systems and it runs in Atkinson cycle, which keeps the intake valves open slightly longer to improve efficiency. The engine is rated at 278 hp, and is mated to either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.
Toyota Racing Development — TRD — is the company’s in-house performance division. TRD engineers developed the truck’s suspension system. It has upgraded shocks with internal bypass — different springs that raise the ride height by an inch and redesigned rear leaf springs.
The truck is expected to arrive in the fall. No prices have been announced.