Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro gets Fox Shocks and standard Multi-Mode 4WD


Chicago - Toyota has given some rugged style and touch more bush cred to its new Rav4 with the TRD Off-Road model, revealed at the Chicago Auto Show. You also get new 16-inch wheels, a darker taillight housing, different fabric upholstery, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen that's shared with all higher trims.

Look beyond the 2020 Toyota Tacoma's revamped headlights and grille and the big news is inside, where the mid-size pickup truck's new infotainment system finally bakes in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Toyota also offers the LED bed light and daytime running lights as an option. If you opt for the TRD Sport or above, you'll get keyless entry. Things have changed since then, as new players have entered the ring, prompting the Japanese automaker to be more proactive and revisit its pickup sooner rather than later. TRD Pro black leather-trimmed seats with red stitching complement the interior. TRD and Limited trims can also be had with LED headlights that sport a new design. What's more, the system also integrates Amazon's Alexa. The full-size SUV features a redesigned suspension system with Fox bypass shocks that combined good ride characteristics with a resistance to bottoming out, a front underbody skid plate and the TRD Pro line's signature TOYOTA-emblazoned grille among other cosmetic changes.

The Sequoia TRD Pro wields the same engine as always - a 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 that puts out 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. Model-specific red coil springs, meanwhile, bear an off-road focus, while the twin-tube shocks have been re-valved and feature new internal rebound springs.

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For the Sequoia, the TRD Pro package comes as an boost needed by the vehicle to fulfill its off-road aspirations.

The Toyota Tacoma got a significant revision in 2015, but since it faced precious little competition in its segment at that time, the makeover was a mild one. It's hooked up to an eight-speed automatic, and a torque vectoring all-wheel drive setup capable of shifting up to 50 per cent of the engine's torque to the rear wheels. Pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle's market launch.