Toyota Preps New Batch Of Hardcore Off-Road Trucks

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Yes, there are two trucks and one SUV pictured here. Look closely.

Look closely at the picture featured here. You may have to squint a bit but it does show the latest off-road variants of the Toyota Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runner, all of which will debut next month at the Chicago Auto Show. Oddly, Toyota has to yet officially confirm all three off-roaders are updated TRD Pros, but it's pretty safe to assume that's the case. Right now you can buy a Tacoma and 4Runner in TRD Pro trim, but not the Tundra, so this debut will be very much welcome by Tundra buyers.

TRD Pro vehicles have never been just a few extra badges. These are serious off-road 4x4s, reserved for those who need a fully capable machine. We've also included photos of the current TRD Pro lineup. Considering Chevrolet now has the Colorado ZR2, Toyota knows it needs to up its game, especially with the Tacoma. Remember, the ZR2 has cool features like Multimatic shock absorbers and a powerful 3.6-liter V6 with 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. We expect the Tacoma TRD Pro will continue with the current 3.5-liter V65 with 278 hp. As for the Tundra and 4Runner, expect a 5.7-liter V8 with 381 hp and a 4.0-liter V6 with 270 hp, respectively.

Toyota also preps its TRD Pros with other goodies such as a front skid plate, bigger tires and an appropriately tuned suspension. Hopefully we'll learn more about all three before their debuts, but in any case it's good to see Toyota is still dead serious about being in the off-road segment.


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