Toyota has given SEMA 2011 visitors a glimpse at a pre-production version of the company's Tacoma TRD T/X Limited Edition. The newest addition to the Tacoma line is set to begin production in late spring of next year and will offer buyers a 4.0-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. An electronically controlled locking rear differential provides extra grip over uncertain terrain while active traction control, hill-descent control and hill-start assist control should help make things easier on the driver. The whole thing should breathe a bit easier and sound a bit better thanks to the standard TRD exhaust, too.

BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO tires are mounted on bead-lock style wheels, and 60 mm Bilstein race shocks paired with TRD springs up front help give the pickup a little more flex. The Tacoma TRD TX Limited Edition is fitted with 50 mm shocks in the rear with a remote reservoir and the front end rides two inches higher than its stablemates.

Lest we forget, there are also those rather loud bodyside graphics...

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2011 SEMA Show: Toyota Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series Limited Edition Pickup


Toyota, the U.S. sales leader in compact pickups, will display a pre-production Tacoma Toyota Racing Development (TRD) T|X (Tacoma Extreme) limited edition pickup truck at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Inspired by Toyota's Baja racing heritage, the truck reveals bold graphics with its concept name "Baja Series." The truck will elevate the capability of Tacoma's TRD Off-Road pickup to a new level of fun and function.

All Tacoma T|X Baja Series models will be built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) in San Antonio and are scheduled for launch in late spring 2012.

"The Tacoma has long been the sales leader by a wide margin in the compact pickup segment thanks to its well-earned reputation for stellar quality, durability, reliability and off-road capability," said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. "The limited edition TRD T|X Baja Series adds another chapter to Toyota's truck legacy by offering a new level of capability for off-road enthusiasts."

Toyota has a rich Baja racing truck heritage that dates back nearly three decades and includes numerous titles at the legendary Baja 500 and 1000. Toyota's desert racing program has inspired the development of numerous TRD off-road focused products and packages over the years including the Tacoma PreRunner and TRD Off-Road packages for both Tacoma and Tundra. Last year, Tacoma's Off-Road Package was enhanced with the launch of the TRD T|X and T|X Pro packages. TRD now takes Tacoma off-roading to the next level with the development of the T|X Baja Series.

The T|X Baja Series is currently undergoing final testing for application on both the Tacoma Access and Double Cab 4x4 models equipped with the TRD Off-Road Package. Expansion to include PreRunner models is also being considered. The Tacoma T|X Baja Series is equipped with a 4.0-liter V6 engine with either six-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions. In addition to an electronically-controlled locking rear differential, Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC) currently equipped on the TRD Off-Road package, the limited edition T|X Baja Series adds BF Goodrich T/A KO tires (LT265/70R16) and bead-lock style off-road wheels with an exclusive Gun-Metal Gray finish, TRD Cat-back Exhaust, increased front ride height of nearly two inches and unique Baja Series graphics.

The front suspension has been upgraded to include 60mm piston Bilstein race shocks with TRD coil springs that feature a protective zinc plated body and a one inch increase in wheel travel. The rear suspension is equipped with 50mm piston Bilstein race shocks with a remote reservoir to increase shock oil capacity for greater heat dissipation and damping sensitivity. The rear shocks also include a zinc-plated body and a 1.5-inch increase in wheel travel. Additional information about the Baja Series, including pricing and ordering information will be available in early 2012.

The T|X Baja Series will be part of a 2012 Tacoma line that is updated with a restyled front end and a refreshed interior in all models. Exterior changes include a redesigned hood, grille, headlamps and front bumper, among other changes. Inside, Tacoma has a new center-instrument panel design with a revised gauge cluster, along with a new steering wheel. A redesigned center stack adds new air conditioner/heater controls and power point locations.

The 2012 Tacoma interior also gets a new look with a black high-contrast center console, switch plate covers, dash and upper door trim, while the SR5 grade features a new seat fabric design. Tacoma offers new heavy-duty all-weather flooring option for 2012 on Tacoma Access and Double Cab models equipped with a V6 engine. The more specialized TRD Sport and Off-Road packages also feature new water-resistant fabric protection seats.

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TACOMA TRD T|X BAJA SERIES FEATURES

• Off-Road tuned suspension
• 60mm front and 50mm rear TRD Bilstein racing shocks
◦ Increased damping, articulation and high speed stability
◦ 1" increase in front and 1.5" increase in rear travel
◦ Zinc plated shock bodies
• TRD front coil springs
• BF Goodrich T/A KO tires (LT265/70R16) with TRD bead-lock style off-road wheels with exclusive Gun-Metal Gray finish
• Increased front ride height by nearly two inches
• TRD Cat-Back Exhaust
• Exclusive bed side graphics
• 4WDemand part-time 4WD with electronically controlled transfer case and Automatic Limited-Slip Differential
• Active Traction Control (A-TRAC)
• Hill-Start Assist Control (automatic transmission models)
• Downhill Assist Control (automatic transmission models)


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      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks good.
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Before buying a car or a truck from a foreign company, think about this: Those foreign car companies that are building plants here in the USA pay American workers half of what workers from American car companies make. That's half the money to spend and half the tax revenue collected from wages! Also all the profits from these plants go right back to a foreign country except what goes into our politicians pockets. NOW TELL ME THIS IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY!!!!! No other country would allow foreign companies to take over their auto industry. That is exactly what is happening to the USA!!
        Robert
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Mike - you just don't get it. In Georgia, both Ford and GM pulled out (for Mexico and Canada) leaving thousands of workers and tens of thousands of support personnel without jobs. Then, Kia built a $1 billion assembly plant in West Point which employs 3,000 AMERICAN workers at roughly 80% of what the "American" car companies paid. There's now VW, Hyundai, Mercedes, and BMW assembly plants in the deep South providing GOOD jobs for honest, hard working Americans. Take your 1960's logic and go away!
      btulliani
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota should continue looking into its part bin because this truck doen't cut it!
      G S
      • 3 Years Ago
      This still looks like a boring Tacoma with some graphics. Raptor >> T/X Baja Series
      Tom Folco
      • 3 Years Ago
      BUY AMERICAN I ALWAYS BUY AMERICAN I HAVE BEEN IN JAPAN ONLY JAP CARS I NAVE BEEN IN KOREA ONLY KOREAN CARS 99% IN BOTH COUNTRYS WHEN I RETIRED I BOUGHT A NEW FORD PICK UP AND A NEW 26 FOOT TRAVEL TRAILOR IN 10 YEARS i DROVE THRU ALL 48 STATES A FEW TIMES YES I DID STOP IN MOST STATES I PUT OVER 200 THOUSAND MILES ALL I EVER DID TO THAT FANTASTIC 390 V8 WAS CHANGE THE OIL EVERY 5OOO MI;ES SO WHY WOULD I BUY A JAPANESE TEA POT OR A KOREAN KIM CHEE POT WHEN I HAD A REAL TRUCK YES I DO LIKE KIM CHEE HOT THE FOOD NOW THAT I AM IN MY EIGHTIES I TAKE MY LITTLE OLD LADY AND MY LITTLE OLD 1956 CHEVY NOMAD FOR A RIDE THRU THE COUNTRY SIDE IN OLD AND I DO MEAN OLD NEW ENGLAND .......
        Nick M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tom Folco
        Being 80, I'm amazed that you can even use the internet properly...well..except for having your caps lock key stuck on.
      thoms2020
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buy from an AMERICAN COMPANY and keep the profits here in this country. Take a trip to Japan and see how many non-Japanese cars you'll find. Practically ZERO
        wrxfrk16
        • 3 Years Ago
        @thoms2020
        Of course you won't find non-JDM vehicles in Japan. Would you pay more to import an inferior product? It's like Germany, they aren't using Crown Vics or Impala's for taxis and cop cars, they use E-classes and 5-series'. I do have to ask though, what do you mean by these profits staying in the country? They're staying with the CEO's of our American companies, who then plead for another bailout, ******* more of your money down the toilet. I'd rather have an American made Subaru than a Mexican built Ford or a Canadian built Chevy.
          Dreez28
          • 3 Years Ago
          @wrxfrk16
          A bailout that has already paid for itself and with interest, boosted OUR economy. **** your stupid import loving nonsense.
        peakarach1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @thoms2020
        Just because is an America car company that does't mean it was own 100% by american citizen. Did you know New Corporation is majority own by the Saudi?
      mrmtex
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Raptor is a completely different animal that will most likely cost at least $10k more than this. Apples to oranges. The Raptor is awesome, but it's also way more expensive. Frankly, I would take this for the wheeling I do. The Raptor is so wide it requires extra side markers (by law). Width is the enemy on wide trails. Besides your truck getting scratched and beat to **** more frequently, it's harder to place and turn. Maybe you can afford to bang up a $50k truck, but I can't.
      ded
      • 3 Years Ago
      Tuck Foyota
      dg1319
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come on people , all American Big three Car makers (Ford, Chevy, Chrysler) are made outside USA, using foreign parts and labor, these jobs basically got outsourced. Atleast Japanese and Korean cars are built right here in USA using american labor and using 40% USA raw materials. I'd rather buy a USA made toyota anyway over a Ford made in Mexico. People who complain buy American cars just to let others know support USA need to check facts b4 making those statements. I tell you what these folks who gripe so much need to see where their toothbrush was made, yes u right MADE IN CHINA, go complain about that, don't brush and hope toothbrush will be made in USA soon at $15/hr.
        amrairsoft
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dg1319
        check your sources. 2011 Ford F-150 assembled in Dearborn, MI and 60% of the vehicle is made in the USA.
      ejb44
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ahhh...a tough Baja edition...hopefully they resolved their weak frame issues and figured out a way to keep the tailgates on em. Either way, I would rather have a real truck from one of the big 3.
      wrxfrk16
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, 4.0 V6, six-speed manual, Bilstein shocks. Has Toyota actually made an interesting car for the first time in nearly a decade?
      dg1319
      • 3 Years Ago
      v8
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