The Toyota 4Runner is a hit among those buyers who prefer something bigger and more aggressive than a crossover; the TRD Pro trim on the other hand is for those hard-core buyers looking to spend most of their time on the country-side exploring mother-nature. To keep the model fresh and attractive in the market, the automaker has given the 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro a slight revamp making the model more capable than before on the off-road terrains.
2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Exterior and Interior Styling
The 2019 4Runner TRD Pro follows in the footsteps of the Tacoma and Tundra TRD Pro models. Like the other two models, the 4Runner receives Fox Racing shocks with 46mm pistons. The diameter of the shock bodies, however, remains at 2.5 inches. Front shocks feature 7 bypass zones out of which four are reserved for compression stroke and the other three for rebound stroke. Ford reveals that the different zones enable the shocks to provide stiffer levels of firmness such that the further the shocks compress, the stiffer they become. This enables the shocks to ensure a smooth ride even in uneven terrain while still preventing the model from bottoming out when it hits large bumps or makes higher jumps. The shocks also increase wheel travel by an inch.
At the rear, the shocks feature the same setup i.e. 2.5-inch body and 46mm pistons however there are additional remote reservoirs of extra fluid which help to regulate temperatures especially when the model traverses long distances on rough terrain. Unlike the front pistons, the rear ones have 11 bypass zones, 7 are dedicated for compression and the remaining 4 for rebound. To protect the shocks from trail damage, engineers have equipped the model with roost shields.
The shock upgrades are the most significant exterior changes on the 2019 4Runner TRD Pro; other minor exterior changes include a new roof rack which enables the model to carry more cargo and gear, red lettering on the front skid plate which is stamped with the TRD logo and Rigid Industries-sourced LED fog lamps. The model will still ride on 17-inch alloy wheels in a matte black finish; the wheels are “dressed” in all-terrain Nitto Terra Grappler 265/70 tires.
Interior changes are minimal; the new changes include a revised an Entune system that features a navigation system and an upgraded Premium JBL sound system. The model still features leather upholstery on the dash, seats, door panels, on the steering wheel and on the gear shifter. The leather upholstery is contrasted with a red stitching which helps separate the TRD Pro from standard 4Runner models. Front seatbacks and floor mats also feature TRD Pro logos.
Engine and performance
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro carries on with its 4.0 L, V-6 which the automaker has not upgraded since 2009. The mill produces 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. Ford has not even updated its transmission system which is equally old. It uses a 6-speed automatic system. The 4Runner also features a 2-speed manual transfer case that controls the model’s AWD system. The transfer case features both high- and low-range gears.
The automaker’s Crawl Control, as well as Multi-Terrain Select systems, are standard. These systems enhance the model’s capability on rough terrain. In low speeds, the Crawl Control system operates as a cruise control system; it allows the driver to set the speed and then focus on steering the vehicle while the system determines how to apportion power to wheels that have traction. The Multi-Terrain Select system enables the model to navigate various off-road terrains such as mud, rocky or snow with ease.
Price and release date
The 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro is scheduled to arrive at Toyota dealerships this fall. Toyota is yet to disclose the TRD Pro’s prices; expect just a slight hike to avoid losing customers to the Jeep Wrangler, its main rival. The 2018 model has a starting price of $42,875.