• 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Tundra TRD Pro: All the Specs and Images (Video)


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    2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

    Toyota is strengthening its off-road truck and SUV offerings with the introduction of the updated 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro, 2019 Tundra TRD Pro, and 2019 4Runner TRD Pro. All of them make their debut today at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

    Please come back at 8:55am CST for a live broadcast from the debut event at our TFLnow channel.

    The big news is that all three are getting the 2.5-inch diameter FOX shocks. The Bilstein shocks that were there before on the 4Runner and the Tundra are gone. All three will be offered in three colors: white, black, and Voodoo blue. All three will go on sale in the United States in the fall of 2018.

    2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

    Toyota is making small and incremental changes to this Tacoma. The engine and transmission remain unchanged. It still has the 3.5L V6 engine and the 6-speed automatic transmission. The chassis and suspension are basically carry-over from the 2018 model year. It still has the same FOX shocks and progressive leaf springs for the rear solid axle.

    The big news is the new available TRD Desert Air Intake (or snorkel). Toyota does not call it a snorkel, but says that is helps the truck get cleaner air above the truck when dust becomes a problem in the desert. Toyota says this will help prolong the life of the engine’s air filter/cleaner.

    The FOX shocks offer 8 zones of internal bypass on the front shocks and 11 bypass zones in the rear. It means that the shocks are able to automatically adjust to different conditions and become more stiff the more they compress. The rear shocks also have a remote piggy-back reservoir to store additional oil.

    The 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro retains the Goodyear Wrangler with Kevlar tires that you have seen us test in a variety of conditions on the 2017 version.

    2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

    The TRD Pro version of the Tundra returns for 2019 after a one-year hiatus (it was not available as a 2018 model year). If you were hoping for an all-new Tundra, this is not it. We will have to wait up to another year for a new Tundra. The 2019 TRD Pro is based on the current generation of the Tundra, and it retains the 5.7L V8 and the 6-speed automatic.

    The Tundra picks up the 2.5-inch FOX shocks and uses the same rear leaf springs that you can find on the Tundra TRD Off-Road model currently. Overall, the chassis specifications remain largely the same as with the 2017 Tundra TRD Pro.

    The 2019 TRD Pro will offer new BBS 18-inch rims that save about 3.35 lbs each versus another wheel of similar size. These new rims are once again wrapped in Michelin all-terrain tires.

    Come back t0 TFLtruck.com for more of the latest truck news and coverage from the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

     

    Andre Smirnov
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    74 thoughts on “2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Tundra TRD Pro: All the Specs and Images (Video)

    1. so it will be at least another year until we get the promised 3.5 liter hybird system in other Lexuss and Toyotas.

      The Tundra has also been announced to have a hybrid.

      1. Since they are trucks, the Toyota tTacoma and Tundra ought to have an addition to their hybrid systems that also allow us to use their trucks as generators to charge our houses and big tools like welders and other plug-in electric vehicles(like the Via Motors trucks and Workhorse trucks etc.).

        1. My, what a large nose you have!
          No, seriously, when you think of it, it could really add to the longevity of a motor.
          When we are off-road in packs, the dust does become a big problem.

            1. Toyota 3.5 liter longevity technologies:
              1. port and direct injection.
              2. Oil bypass valve to keep from carbon build up.
              3. Now, snorkel.
              4. IT IS A TOYOTA ENGINE!

              Nothing will last near as long as this truck.

              Washboard roads might not blow up these special shocks. Pretty sure the ZR2’s shocks might be better though.

              TFL, do a torture test on a long washboard road between the two to wee which one blows up first.

            2. It’s unbelievable that a few cosmetic upgrades will make this “truck” more hardcore.
              Don’t get me wrong; it’s a good looking truck but seriously out of date.
              Best marketing ever. The illusion of quality.

        1. Toyota announced the hybrids over a month ago.

          Since you have not been able to find that very public and formal press release within seconds using almost a trillion dollars of internet search capability, then logically there can be no other conclusion that you are incompetent.

          IF you get mad at that, then go to your room with the other two year-olds that throw tantrums.

            1. He “read it on the internet”. That is his source. He needs to go run around and play outside for a while but since all he does 24/7 is “read on the internet”, he can’t ever remember where he “reads” stuff and he blurs the things he does “read” all into whatever is convenient for him

        2. @NoQDRTundra
          The only thing I could find related to this subject is the following from Toyota’s Global Newsroom:

          https://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/corporate/20353243.html

          So according to the above link, Toyota is potentially 7 years away from their 2025 claim of having their entire product line dedicated electrified or a product with electrified option, and it is not a hard date, considering their choice of wording.

          1. @Joseph: Thanks. That’s what I’ve read as well. I know that Toyota is working on a global platform for its product line and I suspect once one is engineered for a full size truck, that’s when we’ll see a hybrid system, and with that, more significant changes to Toyota’s truck line. Till then, not much I think (speculation on my part).

            1. @NoQDRTundra
              I’d also speculate their truck lines will be last introduced with such technology. Therefore, one will potentially be waiting until the end of their claimed timeline for such product.

            2. When Toyota announces they will have a Tacoma and Tundra hybrid and they already have a 3.5 liter hybrid system and a 5.0 liter and 5.7 liter hybrid system, they could easily put that in next year.

    2. If money were no object – I’d choose the 4Runner just because it’s unique in its class, read Jeep GC and Chevy Tahoe Z71.

      As the owner of 2015 Tacoma 4×4, I must say – all of the above are definitely showing their age.

    3. Still no rear locker in the Tundra? No “auto” mode for the transfer box? Damn, come on Toyota and do the little things.

      1. @Ssl6: A few years ago MS was interviewed by AutoGuide (the videos are on YouTube). In this interview, MS answered questions and one of them pertained to the lack of a locker. I recall his response was “the ALSD was good enough and that a locker would add more weight”.

        So, with that and a snorkel for the Tacoma has to make one wonder “does Toyota really listen?”

    4. I’m glad to see at least one truck manufacturer that isn’t jumping on to the “I’ve got more new gadgets than all of the others” wagon. When you keep it simple the reliability remains high. I do hope they have fixed their howling rear problem. Time will tell. I hope Nissan follows Toyota’s lead here and keeps their frontier simple!

      1. Its all the improvements you can’t see that you will see down the road.
        And all the effort is also going into being ahead of all the other manufacturers in electric.

        1. My current 2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan works just fine with 107K miles. The beautiful part is I get to save my money longer and I win in the end. I’ll look at this so called “effort into electric”, when I can physically compare and contract a product of such at the dealer.

          1. YOu can right now. Go drive many different Lexus’s and Toyotas with the 3.5 liter hybrid system and you can already find the 5.0 liter hybrid system if you are living in or vacationing in the right region.

    5. Does anyone else agree that those Fox shocks look too low. They are going to hit something. I dont understand why manufactures do this.

      All in all, likely good trucks but for me I get bored No way I will buy the same truck every 3 years with little updates. I will move to another brand.

      1. Wow, looking back you have a point. Those are some expensive shocks to throw down so low. I got bored with Japanese as well. Now I have a 2018 Power Wagon in my Garage. My face lights up every day when I climb in that monster.

      2. Probably because it achieves more travel by allowing a longer shock body. If you can only fit a 10″ long shock body then you get ~10″ travel. If you drop the bottom mount down 2″ and now have a 12″ shock body, you get ~12″ travel.

        Why do you think pre-runner trucks have shock hoops in the bed? So they can fit shocks in them that are far longer than the distance from the frame to the axle.

    6. I’m wondering who asked for a snorkel for the Tacoma? I’ve heard many times rear disk brakes are preferred over drum brakes.

    7. That was a pretty underwhelming release. The Fox shocks are going to help out quite a bit in running at speed, but there really wasn’t anything else of substance.

      And that snorkel shows just how many CAFE credits Toyota has to burn. That snorkel will easily cost 2 mpg highway… and “Toyota DON’T CARE!”

    8. No effort, no surprise. Don’t get me wrong I will take a snorkel,(which has to be a dirt cheap upgrade for them) but pretty unimportant compared to power, gearing, front locker, sway bar disconnects, basic rear locker on Tundra, maybe a AWD mode for roads, modern tech….

      1. I’m in agreement. Nothing really special to see here but this is Toyota’s game. Fox shocks are nice but there are better choices (read King) out there. JBL option would not move me now any more than it did the last time I had it. Although a front locker for the rock crawlers (and to match Chevy) would be nice, I’ve yet to have to lock my rear in some pretty hairy stuff. Toyota lays down a bunt….

      1. It’s more Papa Smurf blue than the Calvary Blue. I am hoping that color is also available on other Tacoma trim levels as well.

    9. Wow, a Tacoma with Rear Disc Brakes. I thought Toyota Engineers argued that Drum Brakes were better for Off Road use. Judging by what is shown in the 3rd and 5th picture picture able, it looks like Toyota have changed their minds for this version..

        1. Moondog — Ed is probably looking at the above photo, which shows the rear axle on a Tundra with the beefy Fox shock and reservoir.

          1. Ah, could be. I know people knock the drums but not once when I mash my brakes (that stop better than anything in its class) have I wished I had discs because of poor performance. They stop very well to me. I’ll take discs but it doesn’t matter to me in the end.

            1. Moondog, i had rear drums on my 1996 dodge 3500 dually. I had the truck for 17 years, and i never had to replace the rear brakes! And like you said they stopped great: Just as well as my present truck-2013 ford f350 dually.So i believe You’re better off with those drums on your toyota as well. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.

            2. @Dan, hello, my friend. I agree with you (as usual). Also, let’s face it, these drums are stopping great and the system is a bit better than it was 30 years ago. My Taco has fantastic brakes so I have no reason to complain. 🙂

      1. They do argue it….while the 4runner, built on the same frame, with much of the same body, and same mechanics, with an off road version, gets disk brakes, because “reasons”.

        Just another way toyota has been cheaping out on the 3rd gen tacoma.

    10. One of the other commenters on this page decided to be your nanny and got the source for you and pasted it here.
      Since you already have the source given to you on a silver spoon, you obviously don’t have the gray matter between the ears to recognize it.
      What else can I say.
      My goodness, it is plain as can be by Toyota themselves.
      Everyone can see how stupid you are not to recognize what an official press release looks like and how easy it is to look it up your self.

    11. @Kyle, aka Sybil: Why the personal attacks? Did you look in the mirror for inspiration? Hell, you can’t even keep the same online handle from article to article. Why hide?

      By the way, you didn’t have to say anything, all you had to do was site your source.

      1. It’s a reading comprehension problem- our pal thinks that the link to the Japanese page supports his point. What it’s really saying is that electrified trucks could be as far as away as the major midcycle of the next truck generation.

      2. Its not a personal attack. Its an observation of someone asking me to do something for them that they can do for themselves with incredible ease.

        Over the last year, I have noticed this pickup truck page has inordinate number of full grown men who want each other to do little and easy things for them. Very bizarre personality disorder.
        I never even treated my children that way. Otherwise, they become irresponsible. If my two year old asked me to get him a drink of water, and I got it for him, when he is completely able to do that for himself, I would be creating a little monster.
        And you adult men are like that. Very very strange.

        And then you repeatedly ask me to do it with stubborness. Incredible! A grown man.

        Furthermore, if you were an educated man, you should never post links on a comment section. That is how virus’s get spread. People and bots scam you that way. So you are incredibly ignorant to ask me for a link.

        Put this all together with so many of your untrue comments you have put before, and you have lost all credibility as a balanced and informed personality here on this comment section.

        Your commitment to truth has to be pointed out.

        Truth is more important than you or me, and yet your screen name is so important to you that it shows a narcissism.

        And a 5.0 v8 or 5.7 v8 hybrid and the 3.5 liter hybrid system is all ready to go at any time for their trucks, especially when they have announced it already.

        so your irrational and baseless assertion that it is some kind of “thing” I dreamed up is just… well… OFF.

        1. @Kyle: You’re a compulsive liar as you don’t site a legit source. You’re a compulsive liar because you post under many aliases.

          Site your source and prove me wrong.

        2. @Kyle, aka Pinocchio: There’s someone else posting “inconsistencies”, aka lies, that are much more interesting. I’m going to make an effort to surface them–which I’ve started to do.

          Thanks for the inspiration!

    12. Here’s what I’m trying to figure out, is MS feeding us some, well lies?
      In the article found here https://www.yotatech.com/articles/edmunds-torture-test-toyota-tacoma-trd-off-road/

      it’s stated that the reason for the lower performing shocks found on the Tacoma Off Road is due concerns with the frame not being robust enough–even though it’s made with high strength steel.
      Now, if the frame hasn’t changed since 2016, as that may the case, then why is it now safe to use robust shocks found on the Tacoma TRD Pro?
      Do you guys follow?

      So, the $64K question is, did the Tacoma frame change between 2016 and now?

      In the article quoted above, MS it is made clear the Toyota source is not identified, but it is a fact that TE and MS are buds.

      1. The part about the necessary engineering to use the larger shock is nonsense. The 46mm shock can be built to have the same exact damping forces as the smaller shock. Its a lousy excuse to make for an off road package.

    13. I am glad they put on better tires than the TRD off-road so they dont look like crap during all the offroad comparisons.

      Oh wait, nope.

      1. Starting with the current model year (2018) Goodyear Duratracs are optional ($799) on Off-Road and Pro models. That is the same tire as the ZR2.

          1. I agree that they should be standard but Toyota also knows that many of these trucks will never see anything other than a mall parking lot. Even then they should be standard and the stock tires are terrible off road.

    14. Trying to do some off Rd stuff on an old platform that the competition has left them in the dust. That is the way look at this. Trying to get by with what they have until the new p/u’s come.

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