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.
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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.
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