Because of encouragement from the consumer aftermarket, Toyota has chosen to add two new performance packages to its 2011 Tacoma compact pickup truck. The packages, which are based on equipment displayed at the 2009 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association show, include performance-enhancing equipment and cosmetic upgrades.
The T|X and T|X Pro packages were created to supplement the Tacoma's optional Off-Road package, which features an electronic locking rear differential; tuned stabilizer bars, springs, and shock absorbers; and larger, off-road-ready tires. The $1699 T|X package consists of a 16-inch black Toyota Racing Development wheels and even larger trail tires.
Additional changes include exterior enhancements, such as side steps, stainless steel exhaust, and a graphics package. The T|X Pro package, which is priced at $1,699, takes a different approach to tuning the Tacoma. Rather than cosmetic upgrades, those who choose the Pro package are treated to a TRD-tuned performance exhaust system.
The horsepower slightly increases but it gets a much deeper exhaust note.
They started as part of a sporty SEMA concept, but now the new T|X and T|X Pro Packages have turned into performance kits especially designed for the TRD Off-Road Package-equipped MY2011 Toyota Tacoma V6 Access Cab (4x2 PreRunner or 4x4) or the Toyota Tacoma V6 Double Cab (4x2 PreRunner or 4x4) with the same package.
The Tacoma is already considered a very capable off-road vehicle from Toyota, and with the new performance packages, the pickup could bring that capability to a whole new level. A MY2011 Tacoma should be equipped first with a TRD Off-Road Package before the T|X or T|X Pro Packages could be applied.
This is primarily because the TRD kit bestows the Tacoma with a balanced blend of off-road performance and on-road handling. This TRD kit features certain revisions on the Tacoma’s chassis such as the installation of a progressive-rate front springs, electronic locking rear differential and specifically tuned Bilstein shock absorbers.
Additionally, the package includes B.F. Goodrich Rugged Trail tires, a 28-mm front stabilizer bar, and fog lamps. More than that, the TRD Off-Road Package now includes sport seats with adjustable lumbar support and a 400W/115V power point in the bed. It also comes with distinct fabric, an outside temperature display, and an overhead console with a compass,
When taking advantage of these packages, buyers get savings over getting the parts a la carte, and are supported by a three year/36,000-mile warranty. This month, buyers will be able to order the T|X Pro package. The T|X package is scheduled to debut in September.