Toyota Tundra TRD, 4Runner TRD, Tacoma TRD Pro just got meaner


At the Chicago Auto Show, it took the wraps off the trail-tough versions of the Tundra, 4Runner and Tacoma. The Tacoma TRD Pro, for instance, has an updated front skid plate to prevent rocks, stumps or other obstacles from damaging the truck's underside.

Toyota rolled out updated TRD Pro trims for the midsize Tacoma pickup, the full-size Tundra and the 4Runner SUV, adding a snorkel-like intake on the Tacoma and internal-bypass shocks across the lineup. They are paired with TRD-tuned springs that provide an additional 1 inch of front lift.

The 2019 TRD Pro lineup will be in showrooms by the fall of 2018 and buyers will have the choice of three colors: Super White, Midnight Black Metallic or the TRD Pro-exclusive Voodoo Blue.

The snorkel is not meant to allow the Tacoma TRD Pro to travel under water, but as anyone with an internet connection knows, that is what makes the best videos.

However, the highlight for 2019 is a snorkel called the TRD Desert Air Intake, helping the 3.5-liter keep running under more hard conditions.

That vehicle has Entune Premium JBL audio with a subwoofer and integrated NAV. As before, it gets upgraded Fox shock absorbers, TRD-tuned springs, a larger front sway bar and a one-inch suspension lift compared to the Tacoma TRD Off-Road edition. This truck has Rigid Industries fog lights, LED headlights, and LED accent lights. And like the Tacoma TRD Pro, the 4Runner also gets a standard JBL sound system.

The Tundra also 18-inch BBS forged aluminum lightweight wheels wrapped in Michelin P275/65R18 all-terrain tires. All the models also have the Star Safety System with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST).

Under the hood, we'll still find Toyota's 3.5-litre V6 that develops 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, matched to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.