Toyota is in a charm offensive to boost off-road capabilities of its SUVs. To do this, the automaker is hooking them up with the “TRD Pro package.” This package bundles together awesome off-road capabilities that enable the SUVs to traverse different off-road terrains with ease. This development couldn’t come at a better time for the Japanese automaker as rival automakers are upping their game with their SUVs; for example. FCA is putting a body-on-frame platform on the Dodge Durango while Ford is reviving the Bronco, which is a legend in these quarters. In addition to the 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, Toyota will also offer the TRD Pro package on the Tundra, Tacoma, and the smaller RAV4.
2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Exterior and interior
On the exterior, the TRD Pro trim adds a new grille, roof rack, as well as unique wheels wrapped in special tires depending on the kind of terrain the vehicle will likely traverse. All TRD Pro models also feature a front skid plate that protects the vehicle’s oil pan as well as its suspension when crisscrossing rough terrain. Wheel arches and side skirts feature a black casing that helps avoid damage to the vehicle on uneven roads.
Buyers have an option for a cat-back exhaust setup.
As for the paintwork, buyers can choose from Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, or Army Green, which is exclusive for TRD Pro models.
Like other vehicles in the TRD Pro corner, the Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro will feature Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa functionality; these are accessed via an 8.0-inch touch-screen infotainment system. All TRD Pro models like other 4Runners feature the TSS P as standard; it features a host of driving aids as standard such as pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, pre-collision warning, automatic braking, automatic high beams, and dynamic cruise control among others.
Engine and performance
Under the hood, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro carries over without any mechanical changes. Power still comes from a 4.0 L, 6-cylinder engine good for 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. It is still hooked to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Surprisingly, Toyota has replaced this engine in all other vehicles; it is a bit puzzling why the automaker chooses to continue using it on this SUV. Regarding fuel economy, the SUV returns 17 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on highways, and 18 mpg on combined drives.
TRD Pro models get enhanced Fox Racing shocks; these shock absorbers have an internal-bypass design that enables the models to resist bottoming up while retaining utmost ride comfort. The front shocks measure 2.5 inches and have 2 rebound zones, 7 compression zones as well as a decreased spring rate. Rear shocks measure 2.0 inches but have beefier shock rods.
Price and release date
Prices of the 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro are a mystery as of this writing. These details, as well as the actual release date of the model, will suffice later this year. The new features mean Toyota will likely hike the SUVs price. Bearing this in mind, I think the SUV will attract in excess of $40,000.