After a short hiatus, the 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro has made a comeback for 2019. The off-road trim comes back with minor improvements to ensure the model remains relevant in the market pending a more comprehensive overhaul in the near future. Although minor, the model seriously needed the changes to compete more realistically with the Ram 1500 Rebel and not to fall further away from the Ford F-150 Raptor which is way ahead of both the Tundra TRD Pro and the Ram 1500 Rebel. The Raptor’s extreme off-road capabilities come with a heftier price making it out-of-reach of many buyers. This, in turn, makes the Ram 1500 Rebel and the Tundra TRD Pro quite attractive to buyers who cannot afford the Raptor. The revamp includes suspension and cosmetic upgrades.
2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Exterior
Cosmetic changes are minor for the Tundra TRD Pro although it has been in the market since 2014. The new changes include a new, less bulky grille flanked by redesigned headlights whose design is similar to that of the 2018 Tundra TRD Sport. The hood scoop is also new; in addition to the standard long slot above the grille, engineers have added a secondary scoop further from the grille. This new design first appeared on the Tundra TRD Sport (sadly, the new hood scoop is not functional; it is just a show-piece). The standard halogen fog lights have been replaced with off-road LED lights sourced from Rigid Industries. The front skid plate features red lettering of the TRD logo; the skid plate thickness is still a quarter of an inch which helps protect the engine components from trail damage. There are also exposed front tow hooks to make vehicle recovery easier.
The 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro also has new, five-spokes BBS 18-inch forged-aluminum wheels. They are wrapped in LTXA/T2 tires that offer an excellent balance between off-road capabilities and on-road comfort. According to Toyota, engineers managed to reduce the mass of each wheel by 3.35 pounds compared to the wheels on the outgoing models.
The trucks will be available in three colors: Midnight Black Metallic, Super White and the Voodoo Blue which is exclusive to TRD Pro trim. The dual exhaust tips also get a new black finish.
The interior is largely untouched. The minor upgrades for 2019 include a revised gauge cluster and the automaker’s Safety Sense-P system. Like predecessor models, the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro features black leather seats and the attractive red contrast stitching. TRD Pro badges are embroidered on the seatbacks; there is also another badge on the center armrest. The model also has a TRD-branded shifter that emerges from the center console. The dashboard is also wrapped in black leather and features a red contrast stitching like on the seats. Doormats also feature TRD Pro logos.
Both Crew Max and Double Cab body styles accommodate five passengers but Crew Max models offer ample leg-room and an almost flat load floor.
Engine and performance
There are no significant changes under the hood as the Tundra TRD Pro continues with its aging, yet revered 5.7 L, iForce V-8 engine. The DOHC engine is made of aluminum and uses variable valve timing and port injection. It, however, lacks modern technologies such as direct fuel injection and cylinder deactivation. The monstrous mill returns 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. It connects to a 6-speed automatic gearbox and all “juice” is routed to the rear wheels. The model, however, features a part-time AWD system that has a two-speed transfer case that is electrically controlled.
The model does not feature a traditional front or rear locking differential but it has the A-TRAC system. The TRD cat-back dual exhaust system is standard; the system is responsible for the model’s exhaust note that gives the truck a powerful growl. The exhaust system also helps to enhance the model’s performance.
The V-8 fuel economy ratings are very poor; the mill is EPA rated at only 13 mpg on city and 17 mpg on highway drives.
The most significant changes are in the model’s suspension. Toyota engineers have replaced TRD-branded Bilstein shocks with Fox Racing Shocks. There are also new Fox dampers with a diameter of 2.5 inches. The front and rear shocks have 11 and 12 bypass zones respectively. Wheel travel has also been increased (1.5 inches in front and over 2 inches at the rear).
Price and release date
Pricing information is yet to be released but I bet there won’t be any significant changes in this sector. Like the outgoing model, the 2019 Tundra TRD will have a base price of roughly $44,000 and $47,000 for Double Cab and Crew Max models respectively. The pickup truck will hit Toyota showrooms later this fall.
The 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro competes with the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram 1500 Rebel.