To the general public, Toyota is often thought of as a maker of bland but dependable cars, crossovers and SUVs that get their owners and a whole herd of whatever from Point A to Point B. Generally speaking, they're fuel efficient, comfortable and affordable. What the general public may not realize, however, is that Toyota enjoys a very strong history of going off road, too. The legendary Land Cruiser arguably established the trend, helping explore remote parts of the globe, while various guerilla warfare outfits and world military branches have unwittingly joined up with the boys from Top Gear to help cement the Hilux pickup's reputation for invincible performance. Now, though, Toyota is launching a new line of trucks and SUVs in the US that are even more explicitly targeted at hitting the trails. Meet the TRD Pro Series.

Featuring the 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra, each Pro Series vehicle features TRD-tuned springs with Bilstein shocks, a TRD front skid plate, a TRD shifter, black wheels, branded floor mats and a "TOYOTA" grille badge, the latter of which harkens back to classic models. TRD Pro Series vehicles will be offered in the new Inferno paint color shown above, as well as Black and Super White.

The Tundra benefits from softer TRD springs that also provide a two-inch lift and a better ride in the rough, while the truck itself rides on 18-inch wheels with Michelin ORP tires. Each truck gains an extra two inches of wheel travel in front and 1.25 inches in back, while a TRD dual exhaust should generate a nicer sound than the trucks's standard V8 engine. Finally, a unique interior with red contrast stitching freshen up the cabin. We wouldn't go so far as to call this a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor fighter – far from it, in fact – but it's a bit more off-road oriented than your average pickup.

The smaller Tacoma (which Toyota hilariously calls the Taco Supreme in its press release), benefits from upgrades that are similar to its big brother - softer springs that also boost the ride height a couple inches. An extra inch of wheel travel is available in front and 1.5 inches of travel are provided in back. Unlike the 18-inch hoops on the Tundra, though, the Tacoma features 16-inch beadlock wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires. A TRD catback exhaust is also included.

Finally, the TRD Pro Series 4Runner only gets a 1.5-inch lift, but gains an extra inch of wheel travel. 17-inch TRD wheels come standard, while bumper accents add a bit more personality to the 4Runner. Unlike the pickup trucks, the 4Runner doesn't feature a TRD exhaust.

Hop below for the official press release from Toyota to learn more.
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Let's Get Dirty!

Toyota Kicks Up Some Dust with the All-New TRD Pro Series of Off-Road Vehicles
February 06, 2014

CHICAGO (Feb. 6, 2014) – Get ready to go where even roads fear to tread with the adrenaline-pumping TRD Pro Series from Toyota. Already favorites among serious off-roaders, the 2015 Toyota Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner will get even more capable with these new, aggressive off-road packages designed by the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

Rising from the Desert
The TRD Pro Series arises from Toyota's storied off-road racing heritage, with numerous victories in the grueling Baja 500 and 1000 endurance races. Born from this experience in the desert, Toyota's terrain-conquering vehicles will help serious off-roaders go places they never dreamed possible.

Serious Specs for Serious Off-Roaders
The new factory-installed TRD Pro Series is aimed squarely at extreme off-roading enthusiasts who push their trucks and SUVs to the limit.

Available on 4X4 models of Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner, all TRD Pro Series vehicles will be equipped with:
TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs
TRD-tuned front springs
TRD front skid plate
Unique front grille with "TOYOTA" badging (pays tribute to early iconic Toyota models)
TRD floor mats
TRD shift knobs
Black wheels
A hot new color, Inferno, is joined by Black and Super White, cool classics for off-road rigs.

Tundra Like No Other
In addition to the shared features, the Tundra TRD Pro will be equipped exclusively with:
TRD-tuned springs with 2" lift for the front of the vehicle
Decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over harsh terrain
All-black 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin ORP tires
TRD dual exhaust system
TRD PRO quarter panel bed stamping
Unique interior seat color with red stitching
Unique instrument panel ornament insert

Taco Supreme
Building on the best-selling compact pickup in the industry, Tacoma TRD Pro beefs up and adds a little hot sauce with:
TRD-tuned springs with 2" lift for the front
Decreased spring rate
16-inch black beadlock-style wheels
BFGoodrich® All-Terrain LT265/75R16 tires
TRD Exhaust
Black TRD PRO badge

Rock Star 4Runner
Adding to its rock-crawling prowess, 4Runner TRD PRO will be exclusively equipped with:
1.5" lift for the front of the vehicle
1" of additional wheel travel
All-new 17-inch TRD all-black alloy wheels
Black TRD Pro badges
Black front and rear lower bumper accents
Street Cred On and Off-Road
The TRD Pro Series is the most-advanced yet in a long line of TRD packages for Toyota trucks that dates back to 1998 when the first Off-Road package was introduced for Tacoma.

TRD has been an in-house engine and chassis developer for successful Toyota racing activities around the world for nearly four decades. It also develops motorsport-derived accessories for Toyota, Lexus and Scion street cars and trucks. TRD's U.S. operations were first established in 1979 and are headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., with an additional facility in Salisbury, N.C.

The TRD Pro Series will start getting down and dirty in the fall of 2014.

Original Toyota Off-Road Game Returns!
Be the first to take the TRD Pro Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner off-road and online by playing, Super Off Road™: TRD Pro Edition Presented by Toyota.

Choose your favorite TRD Pro model and put them to the test on the toughest, muddiest, most grueling online off-road track. Score power-ups, challenge friends and compete to beat the leaderboard. Visit www.ToyotaSuperOffRoad.com for more information.

2015 TRD PRO SERIES PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
Tundra TRD Pro Tacoma TRD Pro 4Runner TRD Pro
Wheels 18" black alloy w/ TRD logo 16" black beadlock style TRD alloy New 17" black TRD alloy
Tires Michelin ORP BFGoodrich All Terrain KO
  • TBD
Shocks TRD Bilstein High Performance


FRONT:
- 2" of additional wheel travel
- 60mm pistons > 46mm OE
- 12mm shafts > 12mm OE

Speed & Position Valving
- Bilstein progressive piston and valve design
- 3 stage position sensitive valving

REAR:
- 1.25" of additional wheel travel
- 60mm pistons > 46mm OE

Remote Reservoirs
- Increased oil capacity for heat management
- Increased control of cavitation
TRD Bilstein High Performance

FRONT:
- 1" of additional wheel travel
- 60mm pistons > 36/32mm OE
- 18mm shafts > 12mm OE







REAR:
- 1.5" of additional wheel travel
- 46mm pistons > 36/30mm OE
- Remote reservoir
TRD Bilstein High Performance

FRONT:
- 1" of additional wheel travel
- 60mm pistons > 32mm OE
- 18mm shafts > 12mm OE







REAR:
- 1" of additional wheel travel
- 46mm pistons > 32mm OE
- Remote reservoir
Springs Unique TRD-Tuned Front Springs


- 2" lift for the front of the vehicle
- Decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over harsh terrain
Unique TRD-Tuned Front Springs


- 2" lift for the front of the vehicle
- Decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over harsh terrain
Unique TRD-Tuned Front Springs


- 1.5" lift for the front of the vehicle
Exhaust TRD Dual Exhaust


- Stainless steel system
- Polished steel dual wall tips
- Reduced back pressure
- Throaty rumble sound
TRD Cat Back Exhaust


- Stainless steel system
- Polished steel dual wall tips
- Reduced back pressure
- Throaty rumble sound
No Change from OE
Skid Plate New TRD Front Skid Plate

- 1/4" thick aluminum with oil pan access panel
TRD Front Skid Plate

- 1/8" thick stamped silver powder-coated
TRD Stamped Front Skid Plate

- 1/4" thick aluminum with venting for front differential
Exterior - Unique "TOYOTA" front grille
- "TRD Pro" quarter bed panel stamping
- Black "TUNDRA" badging on doors
- Unique "TOYOTA" front grille
- Black "TRD PRO" external hard badge
- Black "TACOMA" badging on doors
- Unique "TOYOTA" front grille
- Black "TRD PRO" external hard badges
- Black front and rear lower bumper accent
Exterior Colors Black, Super White, and Inferno (all-new exclusive color)
Interior - TRD Shift Knob
- TRD Floor Mats
- Unique seat color with red stitching
- Unique IP ornament insert
- TRD Shift Knob
- TRD Floor Mats
- TRD Shift Knob
- TRD Floor Mats


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      DarkKnight67
      • 10 Months Ago
      I agree - all of their trucks are "Pro Turds" Watch the frames bend after minimal use because of their "to a budget" engineering.
        jsdrift
        • 10 Months Ago
        @DarkKnight67
        So the 4Runner has a frame. What does that 2014 Domestic Built SUV have, no frame at all.... Some people really know their stuff...
      moe.diggity
      • 10 Months Ago
      You can polish a TRD, but it's still a...
      billfrombuckhead
      • 10 Months Ago
      Desperate attempt to compete with Jeep Wrangler and save face from finally admitting the FJ Loser failed. It is funny they call this trash "TRD's". Too arrogant to see the joke is on them.
        jtav2002
        • 10 Months Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        Not really an attempt to compete with the Wrangler, but whatever fuels your ignorance.
        GR
        • 10 Months Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        The Wrangler is more hardcore, but it's a one trick pony. It sucks in everything else from safety, ride quality, reliability, to fuel economy. Oh, they catch on fire too and Chrysler has barely admitted this. These Toyota offerings are more balanced and not to mention, reliable. As the first paragraph of the article mentioned, Toyota trucks and SUVs are trusted around the world. Jeeps are more the toys of North Americans while Toyotas are trusted in the most remote places in the world. Not saying the Wrangler is bad. It excels in what it's intended for, but many spend their time "mall-crawling", driven by wannabes who want the macho offroad image when they are not in the shop for repairs. I'd take a TRD over a Jeep any day.
          Ez-Car
          • 10 Months Ago
          @GR
          My father has nearly 100k on his 2011 Wrangler unlimited and last I checked it's been completely reliable in every way. It gets about the same real world fuel economy as the 4 runner, and better than the Tundra. Also, I'm pretty sure it hasn't caught fire. Nor has my friend's Wrangler, or that of my brother in-law's. But then we can say the same about millions of Toyota's with seat fabric that may cause fires? Oh! I forgot to mention, the 4 door Wrangler is actually quite comfortable to be in. As for mall crawling, you really think people who will buy these Toyota trucks will do anything but that? The three Toyota trucks in this article are cool, no doubt, but don't be critical of the Wrangler when it's not warranted. After all, they're selling more Wranglers now than ever before, and the Wrangler put the FJ Cruiser out to pasture. Consumers speak with their wallets.
      thenewrick
      • 10 Months Ago
      Yawnfest '14
        R S
        • 10 Months Ago
        @thenewrick
        Just curious, what majestic beast do you drive? You better have proof with a link with your great 4wd pictured with you.
          thenewrick
          • 10 Months Ago
          @R S
          I have a 450hp/600tq 2007 BMW 335i convertible and I'm shopping for a Forester/Baja currently!
          404 not found
          • 10 Months Ago
          @R S
          Sorry.
      llee
      • 10 Months Ago
      Home Depot special!
      scion_tc
      • 10 Months Ago
      Ford and GM don't even compete in the offroad compact truck or SUV market any longer. SAD. That 4-runner X-trail is bad to the bone.
        carguy1701
        • 10 Months Ago
        @scion_tc
        That's because few Blazers and Explorers were taken off-road. Toyota themselves freely admits that the Highlander outsells the 4Runner by a margin of like 5 to 1. Nice try, Aaronm_mt.
          scion_tc
          • 10 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          WHAT RAMBLING NONSENSE ARE YOU SPEWING, AND MY NAME IS NOT AARONM
          carguy1701
          • 10 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          scion: yes, you are. Anyone with half a brain can see it. yonomo: I meant the smaller S10 ones. I know the K5s went off-road a lot.
          • 10 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          [blocked]
      KEVIN PAUL
      • 10 Months Ago
      Here are some ego testicle fools in Autoblog who doesn't realize that Toyota makes 200 times more quality vehicles than cr@ppy Ford....Toyota are the largest producer and maker of quality vehicles in this face of earth unlike Ford closing down assembly plants everyday... Number proves who leads the Auto Industry today....
        Tariff The Imports
        • 10 Months Ago
        @KEVIN PAUL
        Bigger company ( McDonalds ) that sells more ( Big Macs ) sells more than the better tasting Big Classic from Wendy's.... Your bigger and sells more theory is flawed. It just proves theirs many idiots. Your lack of knowledge about Ford puts you in that category.
          KEVIN PAUL
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Tariff The Imports
          Not an idiot like U who has no idea of cars other than some stupid muscle power which sounds more and always finishes last ...keep your theory confined within Nascars only ....thats what Chevy and Ford are upto...they cannot cross that line ever....
          Tariff The Imports
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Tariff The Imports
          And your reply to me helps proves my point.
          Tariff The Imports
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Tariff The Imports
          * there's. Damn autocorrect
        bobbylightbryant
        • 10 Months Ago
        @KEVIN PAUL
        Craptor is a quality vehicle.
      Eddie Burke
      • 10 Months Ago
      Sooo skid plates, different badging, and different shocks...? Way to actually try and compete. Another half-ass attempt from Toyota. Not surprised at all.
        jtav2002
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Eddie Burke
        Compete with what? If you're comparing them to the proper vehicles and not the Raptor, there's nothing wrong with them. In fact, the Tacoma and 4R are very capable off roaders. Even the 'fairly" capable comment isn't giving them enough credit. I think people think anything besides a Wrangler Rubicon is garbage on a trail. I love the Rubicons, but wheel with a bunch of Tacoma (or Yota guys in general). They'll keep up.
        Bruce Lee
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Eddie Burke
        Those are really all the Tacoma needs to be a fairly capable off-road truck so I'm not sure what you're rambling about, it's not like this is just for looks, extra wheel travel, real bead-lock wheels, and skid plates are legitimate off-road upgrades.
      Lucky Stars
      • 10 Months Ago
      Gas Guzzling pigs. Ok for those who really drive in rough terrain all the time you have no choice but to get a similar vehicle. For the 99% of the rest of you, man terrible gas mileage to look macho driving your 4runner or tacoma around. Buy a fuel efficient vehicle and have an old pickup, jeep, or 4 runner to drive those few times you do need it or just rent a 4x4 for that one trip to the cabin a year
      Greg Aryous
      • 10 Months Ago
      TRD is that short for TURD...!
      jrmosery86
      • 10 Months Ago
      The Raptor is laughing.
      Apex Surgeon
      • 10 Months Ago
      They need to get rid of that fake hood scoop!
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