O ffroad pickups are the trend in the USA. The pickups, which are factory-fitted with larger tires and special chassis for better off-road capabilities, sell brilliantly. What Ford began with the F150 Raptor is now obviously a must, hardly a pickup series that is not spiced up with at least one big, bad sibling. Only logical: the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro now presented at the Chicago Auto Show.
TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development, the corporate department for good humor. In the off-road area, TRD takes care of maximizing off-road capabilities. For the new Toyota Tacoma presented for the 2016 model year, TRD has a complete package on offer. With the manual transmission versions, it allows starting with the gear engaged in order to be able to start up on steep slopes and comes with a rear axle differential lock. In addition, the electronic helpers (Crawl Control, Active Traction Control) known from other Toyota off-road models are on board.
Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro with off-road chassis
With the Toyota Tacoma TRD now presented For each, the package is greased a bit. The Tacoma TRD Pro is also equipped with improved Fox shock absorbers, the modified chassis raises the pick-up by 25 millimeters, and new, progressive leaf springs are installed on the rear axle. In addition, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro has an underrun protection ex works. A real one, not one of those plastic dummies that are known from the SUV sector.
The V6 engine of the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro provides 278 hp from 3.5 liters and can be operated with automatic or order manual transmissions, each with six stages. Delivery of the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro will begin in the fall, prices have not yet been announced. The cheapest Tacoma currently costs around 21,000 euros.