Toyota reveals Tacoma TRD T/X Baja Series Limited Edition

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 29, 2011

Toyota unveiled today at the 2011 Texas State Fair the pre-production Tacoma Toyota Racing Development (TRD) T|X (Tacoma Extreme) limited edition pickup, a vehicle inspired by firm’s Baja racing heritage. Set to make its debut in Spring 2012, the Tacoma TRD T|X Limited Edition will be built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in San Antonio.

Although the vehicle is not quite ready, it appears that the Tacoma T|X Baja Series will be powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine with either six-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions.

As expected, the model comes with an electronically-controlled locking rear differential, Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC) currently equipped on the TRD Off-Road package.

Moreover, we find the BF Goodrich T/A KO tires (LT265/70R16) and bead-lock style off-road wheel with a Gun-Metal Gray finish, TRD Cat-back Exhaust, an increased front ride height of nearly two inches and unique Baja Series graphics.

According to the manufacturer, the front suspension was upgraded in order to include Ø60mm piston Bilstein race shocks with TRD coil springs, while the rear suspension is equipped with Ø50mm piston Bilstein race shocks with a remote reservoir to increase shock oil capacity.

The Toyota Tacoma boasts of featuring dynamic control technology that’s the most advanced compared to others in its segment. Fitted as standard for all models of the Tacoma is the Toyota Star Safety System. Two such components are the Traction Control, or TRAC, and the Vehicle Stability Control, or the VSC. The latter operates in line with the TRAC and improves the vehicle’s traction whether off-road or on-road, allowing the vehicle to maintain its course.

When cornering, the VSC is able to detect a slide in the wheels on the front and rear. It therefore tries to manage this situation through throttle intervention or even applying the brake on the individual wheels. Another component of the safety system is the Automatic Limited-slip Differential, or Auto-LSD, which is standard on all versions of the Tacoma.

With the use of sensors, this feature lowers the rear wheel’s tire slippage, giving it that limited-slip effect. Then there is the Electronic Brake-force Distribution or EBD. What this does is to make sure that the brake pressure, at each of the wheels, is optimized. It does so independently allowing for better control when braking, an important aspect especially during cornering. Meanwhile the Brake Assist is tasked with verifying if the driver is currently trying to engage the emergency brakes.

In most cases, it is the anti-lock braking system (ABS), another safety feature, that takes care of this but should the driver be unable to press the brake pedal firmly enough so as to activate the ABS, the BA takes over and applies the needed braking power until such time the pressure on the pedals is released. For the 4x4 version with the V6 engine and the automatic transmission, Toyota will be making available the TRD Off-Road Package and with it the Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and the Downhill Assist Control (DAC).

The HAC controls the brakes at each of the Tacoma’s wheels independently, as needed, and stops the vehicle rolling backward. It can also prevent slipping sideways when transitioning from a stopped position to climbing. For the DAC, this system utilizes the engine braking in order to manage the vehicle’s downhill speed.

By also being able to control independently the brakes at each of the four wheels, it enhances directional control. Once the driver puts pressure on the accelerator or depresses the brakes, the DAC is immediately deactivated. The same is true if the DAC button is pressed or the transmission is shifted to neutral.

Press Release

Toyota Tacoma T|X Baja Series

Toyota, the U.S. sales leader in compact pickups, introduced a pre-production Tacoma Toyota Racing Development (TRD) T|X (Tacoma Extreme) limited edition pickup truck here today at the 2011 Texas State Fair. Inspired by Toyota's Baja racing heritage, the truck reveals bold graphics with its concept name "Baja Series." The truck elevates the capability of Tacoma's TRD Off-Road pickup to a new level of fun and function.

All Tacoma T|X Baja Series models will be built exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) in San Antonio and are scheduled for launch in late spring 2012.

"The Tacoma has long been the sales leader by a wide margin in the compact pickup segment thanks to its well-earned reputation for stellar quality, durability, reliability and off-road capability," said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. "The limited edition TRD T|X Baja Series adds another chapter to Toyota's truck legacy by offering a new level of capability for off-road enthusiasts."

Toyota has a rich Baja racing truck heritage that dates back nearly three decades and includes numerous titles at the legendary Baja 500 and 1000. Toyota's desert racing program has inspired the development of numerous TRD off-road focused products and packages over the years including the Tacoma PreRunner and TRD Off-Road packages for both Tacoma and Tundra. Last year, Tacoma's Off-Road Package was enhanced with the launch of the TRD T|X and T|X Pro packages. TRD now takes Tacoma off-roading to the next level with the development of the T|X Baja Series.

The T|X Baja Series is currently undergoing final testing for application on both the Tacoma Access and Double Cab 4x4 models equipped with the TRD Off-Road Package. Expansion to include PreRunner models is also being considered. The Tacoma T|X Baja Series is equipped with a 4.0-liter V6 engine with either six-speed manual and five-speed automatic transmissions. In addition to an electronically-controlled locking rear differential, Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC) currently equipped on the TRD Off-Road package, the limited edition T|X Baja Series adds BF Goodrich T/A KO tires (LT265/70R16) and bead-lock style off-road wheels with an exclusive Gun-Metal Gray finish, TRD Cat-back Exhaust, increased front ride height of nearly two inches and unique Baja Series graphics.

The front suspension has been upgraded to include Ø60mm piston Bilstein race shocks with TRD coil springs that feature a protective zinc plated body and a one inch increase in wheel travel. The rear suspension is equipped with Ø50mm piston Bilstein race shocks with a remote reservoir to increase shock oil capacity for greater heat dissipation and damping sensitivity. The rear shocks also include a zinc plated body and a 1.5-inch increase in wheel travel.

The T|X Baja Series will be part of a 2012 Tacoma line that is updated with a restyled front end and a refreshed interior in all models. Exterior changes include a redesigned hood, grille, headlamps and front bumper, among other changes. Inside, Tacoma has a new center-instrument panel design with a revised gauge cluster, along with a new steering wheel. A redesigned center stack adds new air conditioner/heater controls and power point locations.

The 2012 Tacoma interior also gets a new look with a black high-contrast center console, switch plate covers, dash and upper door trim, while the SR5 grade features a new seat fabric design. Tacoma offers new heavy-duty all-weather flooring option for 2012 on Tacoma Access and Double Cab models equipped with a V6 engine. The more specialized TRD Sport and Off-Road packages also feature new water-resistant fabric protection seats.

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