[PICTURES] Toyota Unveils Big TRDs at Chicago Auto Show
TRD is the name of the game for Toyota at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. For those who aren’t aware, TRD is the acronym for Toyota Racing Development, and vehicles that get the TRD treatment tend to either go ultra-sporty in the case of coupes and sedans, or ultra-rugged in the case of SUVs and pickup trucks.
We were treated to a healthy helping of both at the Chicago Auto Show, as Toyota unveiled a new Toyota 86 TRD, RAV4 TRD Off-Road model, Tacoma TRD Pro and hell, it even threw in an entire TRD wall while it was at it.
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To those wondering what you actually get with a TRD vehicle besides the TRD logo plastered all over it, the answers are “it depends” and “quite a lot.” For instance, in the case of the Tacoma TRD Pro featured in the gallery below, you get new LED lighting and exterior colors, 10-way power seats, an upgraded multimedia system with — surprise! — Android Auto, which Toyota has been reluctant to adopt for a long time.
There are a bunch of other sweet toys, the sweetest of which are definitely the Fox 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks, Kevlar-reinforced all-terrain tires and standard part-time 4WD system with an electronically controlled transfer case and rear locking diff. And that’s in addition to a full arsenal of rock-crawling tech.
The TRD Pro is the fourth TRD model in the Tacoma lineup, including the TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and TRD Limited, each tailored to different customer palates.
As mentioned, the Tacoma TRD Pro was just a small part of Toyota’s rather beefy TRD roster at CAS 2019. Alongside it, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road made a big impression with its high-rise roof rails and large over-fenders, and the 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro was impossible to miss. The thing is just massive.