The Toyota Tundra is back with a new avatar in 2019, looking to decimate the competition in its segment. The Tundra TRD Pro is Toyota’s offering to the middle class, making their access to high-quality desert racing spec more probable. New 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro has a slew of new updates, so let’s dive into what to expect.
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Toyota Tundra TRD Pro 2019 Interior
Toyota has retained the edits it made in the 2018 version, along with the classic black leather seats as well as the dashboard which come with that exciting red contrast stitching. The TRD Pro Logo is visible prominently on the seat back. The revised gauge cluster is there, as well as all the bells and whistles that the Safety Sense P carries. The floor mats match the rest of the Interiors. For music freaks, there is the Entune Premium JBL Audio with the subwoofer amplifier included, making for great background music to your wild ride. There is also the Integrated Navigation which always lets you know where you are going.
Revamping the design, which had remained relatively unchanged for years, you now have new grille designs which are less bulky, reshaped headlights with smoked lenses (if that’s what you want) and all the trims have Toyota Safety Sense P. There is also the addition of a secondary scoop in the hood. This makes the new Tundra 2019 really stand out. The TRD Pro’s front skid remains the same thickness as before, protecting the powertrain. The front tow hooks are now visible, making it easier to spot them in the dark in case one needs to be rescued out of a situation. The old halogen has been swapped out for LED off-road lights for the fog lamps.
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New Toyota Tundra TRD Pro 2019
One must take note of the suspension changes, which are Fox 2.5 inch internal bypass shocks. There is more wheel travel in the front and the back almost 3.5 in total thanks to the new springs. The aluminum 18 inches 5 spoke wheels from BBS which are accompanied by Michelin tires (P275/65R18) for all terrain will reduce the bump, there are 11 front wheels bypass zones, to improve the damping, that’s a feat! The addition of dust boots also helps keep muck out of the springs. Do not miss the black tipped exhausted and the running lights for daytime use.
New Tundra Exterior Colors: Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, and a Voodoo Blue.
The 2019 Tundra TRD Pro uses its old faithful, the 5.7 iForce V-8 Engine. The technology has not yet been integrated with cylinder deactivation but uses port fuel injecting and variable valve timing. Horsepower has not be compromised on with it still giving about a 381 at a 5600 rpm. Torque is substantial at about 401 pound-feet at 3600 rpm. The six-speed transmission powers the rear wheels and the classic 4WD system is still in place with a two speed, transfer case that can be electronically controlled.
The A-TRAC the system is in place. This is to be set into motion by the traction control button. This causes individual brake apps to ensure traction is maintained, increasing the safety values. Designed intelligently, the power from the free spinning wheel gets relocated to the opposite wheel along the horizontal plane; allowing the truck to carry on as if nothing had ever happened. The TRD cat-back exhaust elevates the Tundra head and shoulders over the competition, giving the engine a mean growl, besides improving efficiency. New 2019 Tundra TRD Pro Fuel economy clocks in at about 13 mpg in the city. They are estimating it will be about 17 on the highway. But then, one is not buying this car for general purpose.
What cannot be passed over, without a mention is the new 2019 TRD Desert Air Intake? This just opens up a whole new bunch of trails for the dedicated driver, as this is meant to give you consistent off-road action, with the 278 horsepower, and the 3.5 l V6 air intake, clears out all the dust and gunk that tends to collect and settle in the wheel well. By the way, there a more air intakes located within the wheel well, a small but significant addition. This way, the engine stays protected and healthier for longer.
While the new Tundra looks beefier and mean, it is still one of the safest vehicles around. They have retained the Star Safety system, which has made Toyota such a favorite over the years. All of this means, that though it looks like a linebacker, it still maintains the nimbleness of a dancer around those sharp curves.