The New 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: Pushing the Limits of Off Road Driving

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 23, 2016

It could be said that Toyota’s highly acclaimed TRD Pro Series has been forged in fire being direct descendants of Toyota’s past off-road racing vehicles which earned the company its numerous victories in the demanding Baja off-road endurance races.

It comes as no surprise then that the three off-road vehicles comprising the TRD Pro Series – Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner – have probably seen and done it all: drove the off beaten path, survived dangerous snow-covered terrain and even tackled extreme driving conditions.

The unparalleled performance, dependability and reliability of these all-terrain vehicles from Toyota made it possible for off-roaders to go to hard-to-reach places where only a handful few have gone before.

To the delight of loyal customers, Toyota announced a new 2017 model Toyota Tacoma to rejoin the TRD Pro line up this fall. For serious off-roaders, the exciting part lies in the all-new factory-install off-road equipment specially designed by the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) experts which would surely make this new offering at home with the off-road lifestyle more than ever.

According to Toyota, this new second-generation TRD Pro model will become the new benchmark for getting through more extreme off-road terrain with its new performance features and equipment that give the vehicle serious off-roading capabilities unheard of before.

Exterior Design

Targeted for a select breed of off-roading enthusiasts, these vehicles would suit those who love to challenge themselves as well as their vehicles. The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro is the real off-road package, both with its looks and its performance in harsh off-road conditions.

The 2017 offering is based in the Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4x4 Double Cab Short Bed model and is offered with a 6-speed manual with clutch start-cancel switch or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

New Tacoma will have three exterior color options: Cement, Barcelona Red Metallic and Super White.

Additional exterior features for the new Tacoma include:

  • 16-inch TRD black alloy wheels fitted with Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain tires which are reinforced by Kevlar;
  • TRD Pro aluminum front skid plate;
  • Rigid Industries LED fog lights;
  • Projector-beam headlights with black bezels, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and auto on/off feature;
  • Tailights with black bezels;
  • TRD Pro badge on front door in diamond pattern knurled finish; and
  • Black TRD Pro and 4x4 rear tailgate badging.

The blacked out hood scoop further emphasized the offroad character of the new Tacoma TRD Pro, along with its TOYOTA front grilled with color keyed surround. Additional details that contribute to the vehicle’s awesome presence include color-keyed power outside mirrors with turn signal indicator, color-keyed door handles and rear bumper, and its black overfenders.

Interior Design

As all off-roaders would agree, driving in rugged off-road terrain does not mean you have to eliminate comfort, safety and convenience. On the contrary, these features are more needed than ever to soften the demands and rigors of off-road driving especially during adverse weather conditions.

The new Tacoma especially excels in combining a sporty ambiance with the modern convenience features such as:

  • Black TRD Pro leather-trimmed front seats that are heated, complete with the distinct TRD Pro logo in the headrest;
  • 4-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumber support and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat;
  • Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite;
  • TRD shift knob;
  • TRD Pro floor mats;
  • Steering wheel with leather trimmings, available with audio and Bluetooth hands-free phone controls;
  • Rear parking assist sonar; 
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)

A 4.2-inch color Multi-information Display (MID) complete with integrated inclinometer and tilt gauge displays outside temperature, odometer, tripmeters and fuel economy, making the driver well-prepared for what the outdoors has in store for him. A standard in all Tacoma models, this new Tacoma has a GoPro mount located on the windshield for those who like to record their adventures with GoPro HERO cameras.

Powertrain

Powering the 2017 new Tacoma TRD Pro is a 3.5 liter V6 DOHC 24-valve direct-injection Atkinson-cycle engine with VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) intake and VVT-I exhaust.

However, the new Tacoma TRD Pro owes its off-road capabilities to the TRD-installed suspension and exhaust enhancements, such as:

  • FOX 2.5 Internal Bypass shocks tuned by TRD
  • TRD-tuned front springs with a 1-inch lift
  • TRD-tuned rear suspension with progressive-rate off-road leaf spring

Enhancing this off-roading capability are the electronically-controlled 4WDemand part-time 4WD with a transfer case and Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto LSD).

The new model will likewise have a V6 Tow Package that includes a Class-IV towing receiver hitch, ATF cooler (automatic), engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, 130-amp alternator, 4 and 7-pin connector with convertor and Trailer-Sway Control (TSC) Providing more grip in low-tractions scenarios as well as a smoother ride in general is the electronically-controlled locking rear differential that distribute engine power evenly to both rear wheels, allowing them to move at the same speed.

An advanced system installed in the new model is the Tacoma TRD Pro’s Crawl Control (CRAWL) which is extremely useful when situations get a little too challenging. This system actually automatically modulates the brakes and throttle on five low-speed settings so the driver can solely focus on the difficult terrain ahead.

Another useful feature for off-road conditions is the Toyota Multi-terrain Select system which regulates wheel spin via automatic adjustments to the engine throttle and traction control. This feature works best when combined with Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain tires in touch Kevlar construction, creating a dramatic increase in traction.

This system has five modes to choose from depending on the current terrain being navigated. On the other hand, Tacoma TRD Pro’s Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) can greatly assist in getting up elevated areas safely.

It minimizes the risk of the Tacoma rolling backward as the driver moves the foot from brake to gas pedal. This feature is only available in automatic transmission models. An Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) uses the 4-channel ABS system to control power flow to the front and rear wheels – without cutting throttle input- which gives continues traction control in all situations.

Press Release

2017 TOYOTA TACOMA TRD PRO - - DIRTIER THAN EVER!

Whether tackling treacherous snow-covered terrain, driving off the beaten path, or surviving extreme conditions where roads fear to tread, the adrenaline-pumping TRD Pro Series from Toyota is up for any challenge. Two years ago, the TRD Pro Series arose from Toyota’s storied off-road racing heritage, with its numerous victories in the grueling Baja off-road endurance races. Born from this experience, the Toyota TRD Pro Series Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner have helped serious off-roaders go places they never dreamed possible.

This fall, the Toyota Tacoma will rejoin the 2017 model year TRD Pro family with all-new factory-installed off-road equipment designed by the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD) to make it even more off-road capable than before.

Aimed squarely at extreme off-roading enthusiasts who challenge themselves and their trucks and SUV’s in some of the harshest conditions, the new 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro will raise the bar on TRD Pro performance. Courtesy of TRD, the new Tacoma TRD Pro will add an array of new performance equipment and features, making this a truly second-generation TRD Pro product, and the new benchmark for challenging off-road terrain.

Extreme Exterior for Extreme Performance
The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro is designed to not only look tough, but to perform in the toughest off-road environment. Based on the Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4x4 Double Cab Short Bed model in either 6-speed manual (with clutch start-cancel switch) or 6-speed automatic transmission, the new Tacoma TRD Pro will be available in three exterior colors: Cement, Barcelona Red Metallic, and Super White. The exterior of each Tacoma TRD Pro model will also include:

16-inch TRD black alloy wheels with Goodyear Wrangler® All-Terrain Kevlar®-reinforced tires
TRD Pro aluminum front skid plate
Rigid Industries® LED fog lights
Projector-beam headlights with black bezels, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and auto on/off feature
Taillights with black bezels
TRD Pro badge on front door with diamond-pattern knurled finish
Black TRD Pro and 4x4 rear tailgate badging

Each Tacoma TRD Pro will also come equipped with a heritage-inspired TOYOTA front grille with color-keyed surround, blacked out hood scoop and graphic, color-keyed power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, color-keyed door handles, black overfenders, and a color-keyed rear bumper.

Interior Sportiness Combined with Convenience Technology
Driving a sporty package in rugged off-road conditions does not mean you can’t ride in comfort and with the latest safety and convenience technologies. The new Tacoma TRD Pro combines sportiness and convenience with standard features that include:
Black TRD Pro leather-trimmed heated front seats with TRD Pro logo located in the headrest
4-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite
TRD shift knob
TRD Pro floor mats
Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth® hands-free phone controls
Rear parking assist sonar
Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)

The new Tacoma TRD Pro also includes an analog instrumentation that features a 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display (MID) with an integrated inclinometer and tilt gauge. The MID also adds outside temperature, odometer, tripmeters, and average fuel economy.

As in all Tacoma models, a GoPro® mount is located on the windshield for serious off-roaders who like to document their exploits with GoPro® HERO cameras.

Pro Performance
The new 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro continues to be all about off-road performance as it strives to raise the bar from the original. The Tacoma TRD Pro will be powered by a 3.5-Liter V6 DOHC 24-valve direct-injection Atkinson-cycle engine with VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide) intake and VVT-I exhaust.

Tacoma TRD Pro really earns its off-road cred through its TRD-installed suspension and exhaust enhancements that include:
FOX 2.5 Internal Bypass shocks tuned by TRD
TRD-tuned front springs with a 1-inch lift
TRD-tuned rear suspension with progressive-rate off-road leaf spring

Every Tacoma TRD Pro will be equipped with 4WDemand part-time 4WD with a transfer case and Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto LSD) that are both electronically-controlled. Also standard will be a V6 Tow Package that includes a Class-IV towing receiver hitch, ATF cooler (automatic only), engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, 130-amp alternator, 4- and 7-pin connector with convertor, and Trailer-Sway Control (TSC).

An electronically controlled locking rear differential is also standard to help distribute engine power evenly to both rear wheels so they move at the same speed, providing more grip in low-traction conditions.

When the trail gets challenging, Tacoma TRD Pro’s Crawl Control (CRAWL) will help drivers conquer their off-road adventure. Equipped on automatics only, this advanced system automatically modulates the throttle and brakes on five low-speed settings so you can keep your focus on navigating across difficult terrain.

Equipped on Tacoma TRD Pro automatic is the Toyota Multi-terrain Select system. With five modes to choose from, the system helps regulate wheel spin by automatically adjusting the engine throttle and traction control. When combined with the standard Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain tires with tough Kevlar construction, Multi-terrain Select helps enhance traction dramatically, meaning you can get back to the fun more quickly.

Tacoma TRD Pro’s Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), equipped on automatic transmission models only, helps you safely get up those hills. This technology helps minimize Tacoma from rolling backward when you move your foot from the brake to the gas pedal, so you can move upward with confidence.

The added traction of 4WD is great, but with Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), it’s even better! Equipped only on the Tacoma TRD Pro manual, A-TRAC is a 4WD traction control system that uses the 4-channel ABS system to control power flow to the front and rear wheels, all without cutting throttle input, to help make traction no matter where you may be.

Street Cred On and Off-Road
The TRD Pro Series is the most-advanced yet in a long line of TRD packages for Toyota trucks that dates back to 1998 when the first Off-Road package was introduced for Tacoma.

TRD has been an in-house engine and chassis developer for successful Toyota racing activities around the world for nearly four decades. It also develops motorsport-derived accessories for Toyota, Lexus and Scion street cars and trucks. TRD’s U.S. operations were first established in 1979 and are headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., with an additional facility in Salisbury, N.C.

Toyota Factory Warranty
Like all Toyota vehicles, the Tacoma TRD Pro receives a 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. The Tacoma also comes standard with Toyota Care, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

The Tacoma TRD Pro will be assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. (TMMTX) in San Antonio.

The Tacoma TRD Pro Series will start getting down and dirty in the fall of 2016.

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