Maneuvering the beaten countryside paths and treacherous snow-covered terrains just got better courtesy of Toyota’s excellent job with the all new 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. This is one of Toyota’s serious off-roaders that can take you places you never thought possible.
The new model rejoins the TRD Pro family after a short hiatus. It will feature new factory-installed off-road equipment from the Toyota’s Racing Department (TRD) making it more suited for the off-roads than ever before. The TRD Pro Series traces its roots from Toyota’s rich heritage in off-road racing. The automaker has won many grueling Baja endurance races.
Toyota has transferred this rich experience to the Tacoma truck which enables the truck to challenge any off-road terrain. The Tundra and the 4Runner are the other off-roaders with TRD Pro off-road specs.
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Exterior
This is a full-fledged off-road conquering machine. The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD pro looks tough and is tailored to perform well in the toughest rough roads. The truck is based on the Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4×4 Double Cab with a short bed.
From any point you look at the truck, it looks intimidating. At the front, the vehicle features a heritage-inspired “TOYOTA” grille which features a color-keyed surround. The vehicle also features a blacked out hood scoop. The grille is flanked by a pair of projector-beam headlights featuring black bezels and LED DRLs. The front also features TRD Pro aluminum skid plates and a color-keyed bumper which is integrated with Rigid industries LED fog lights.
On the sides, you will find color-keyed power side mirrors integrated with turn signals, color-keyed door handles and a TRD Pro badge on the front door featuring a diamond pattern knurled finish .At the rear, the vehicle features a color keyed rear bumper, taillights with black bezels and TRD Pro and 4×4 badging on its tailgate.
The vehicle rides on a set of 16-inch TRD black alloy wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Kevlar-reinforced tires. The vehicle is offered in three exterior colors which are Barcelona Red Metallic, Cement and Super Whiteblack.
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Interior
Sliding inside, you will find a cabin that combines sportiness with convenient technology. It being an off-terrain vehicle doesn’t mean you can’t ride in comfort and enjoy the latest convenience technologies.
To start with, the cabin accommodates five passengers in black leather-trimmed seats with heated front seats. A TRD Pro logo is placed on the seat headrests. The driver’s seat is 4-way power adjustable with lumbar support while the front passenger’s seat is also 4-way power adjustable. The vehicle also features a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel wrapped in leather.
For entertainment, the vehicle features an Entune Premium sound system which is integrated with an App Suite and Navigation. Other features include TRD Pro branded floor mats and a TRD shifter. There is also a 4.2-inch Multi-Informational Display screen which integrates a tilt gauge and inclinometer. It also displays the odometer, outside temperature, average fuel economy and tripmeters. Rear parking assist sonar, a blind-spot monitoring system and a rear cross-traffic alert system helps improve its safety. They join other features such as stability and traction control, as well as ABS.
A GoPro camera is mounted on the windshield in case you want to document your off-road exploits.
Engine Specs and performance
The new Tacoma TRD Pro strives to raise the off-road performance bar. The model is powered by a direct-injection 3.5 L V-6 DOHC Atkinson cycle engine. The engine is capable of producing 268 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque.
The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The model is offered in AWD mode. The engine also features Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide (VVT-iW) intake and a VVT-I exhaust system.
Excellent off-road enhancements
Toyota has hooked up the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro with a host of enhancements that make it a fully-fledged off-roader. They include TRD-tuned front springs featuring a 1-inch lift, TRD-tuned rear suspension with a rate off-road leaf spring and FOX 2.5 Bypass shocks.
All models will also feature an electronically-controlled Automatic Limited-Slip Differential, a V6 Tow Package featuring a Class-IV towing receiver hitch ,ATF cooler on automatic models, power steering cooler, engine cooler, Trailer-Sway Control and a 130-amp alternator.
For challenging terrains, the vehicle’s Crawl Control will come in handy. The advanced system is however fitted on automatic models only. It modulates automatically as well as brakes on 5-low speed settings to help you focus on navigating the rough terrain. Also on automatic models is the Toyota Multi-terrain select system which features five modes which helps regulate wheel spin by adjusting traction control and engine throttle.
Hill Assist Control is also featured on automatic models and it helps the track to avoid rolling backward when you move your foot from the brake. Though the truck’s 4WD is great, manual models are equipped with Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) which uses a 4-channel ABS system to manage flow of power to the wheels while ensuring throttle input is not cut. This helps make traction no matter the terrain you are on.
Price and release date
The vehicle will be released to dealerships this fall. The automaker had not released pricing details of the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD pro as of this writing. However, we expect the truck to have a starting price of around $ 43,000 MSRP.