Fans have been awaiting the launch of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, ever since Toyota had announced a while back that they were upgrading the model and had a few surprises. The company has not held back this year and the entire TRD (Toyota Racing Department) line has come up with an overhaul and the avid off-road drivers are eagerly awaiting to see what is in store for them this fall? Since the Tacoma has always been the truck which draws all attention, nothing less we can expect from the newest TRD Pro version.
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2019 Tacoma TRD Pro Interiors
It comes with the now standard system, Entune infotainment system, that comprises of audio by JBL, in-built navigation and a whole host of apps suited to it. Toyota by now has perfected its Toyota Safety Sense, which is great for newbies, as it has adaptive cruise control for high speeds, as well as alerts for when you depart from your designated lane. You have your classic TRD leather seats with the red accents, with the logo embossed prominently in a number of places, matching floor mats finish up the interiors.
So let’s get right to what is making the Toyota loyalists excited. The addition of a “snorkel” has everyone hoping that this means that Toyota now approves of more water bodies on the ride. The company still maintains its stand that submerging the vehicle is not such a good idea and that the “snorkel” is actually the TRD Desert Intake. Furthermore, it meant more for ensuring that during any dusty rides, it will keep the grit and grime out of your engine by keeping your air filter cleaner for longer. So maybe do not go for any deep dives with the new Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 2019.
The other new notable additions are the skid plates with the TRD logo (why not?). For those paying intense attention, they will notice that the exhaust now comes with chrome tips in black! There is a throwback to 2017, with the alloy wheels measuring 16 inches (TRD Pro black) with All-Terrain Kevlar tires P265/70R16 from Goodyear, the trapezoidal grille with the logo. In the lights, we have the LED fog lights, a marked improvement over the previous halogen.
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Taking a look at the car, we have the 2.5-inch bypass shocks internally which have multiple bypass zones and large pistons (46 mm). This allows for greater damping on the trails and bringing up the rear are leaf spring which allows for you to carry great amounts of weight in the back. There is the usual line up of 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro colors of the Midnight Black Metallic and Super white, but the blue has been replaced with a new Voodoo Blue option.
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Tacoma Pro comes equipped with the 3.5 L V6 Engine, with the 278 horsepower and a lot of torque (265 pound-feet). Customers can opt for manual or automatic, both of which come in 6 speeds. The four-wheel drive has been maintained, which allows for a lot more agility when on dirt roads. When driving peacefully on the highway, greater efficiency is achieved by ensuring only the rear wheels receive power through the two-speed transfer case which is controlled electronically by the engine.
Another great addition is the various modes that can be selected. There is the Crawl Control (a low-speed cruise control for slightly congested highways) and the Multi-terrain select, meant for as one can guess, mud or snow, rock, and dirt and other different terrains. Each option has different settings for ABS, shift patterns for the transmission etc. This is not available in the manual, but only the automatic.
Let’s talk about differentials now. The standard model comes with a rear differential that electronically locks making the tires turn together at the same speed when in the low range. The A-TRAC is right there will all of this, which does the incredible job of preventing tires spinning out independent of each other. Toyota takes its safety commitments seriously and the split along the differentials ensures that the opposing tires take up the slack.
The safety standards are the reliable Toyota Safety Sense P, which is well established. This has the usual line up of safety tech with warnings and pedestrian detection, and the PRO comes with a few extras, like a monitor for tire pressure, the sensors for rear parking (great if you have multiple vehicles of different sizes) and a detection system for traffic.
Release date and Price
Due to be released in the fall of this year, the prices will be revealed closer to the launch. However, it can be expected to be higher than 2018’s, new 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro price tag starts from $ 44, 565.