Toyota ’s Racing Development team recently pulled the covers off this hardened version of the popular 4Runner SUV with a new off-road packaged called TRD Pro. It puts together some stout suspension equipment for handling some of the toughest terrain around and a few cosmetic upgrades to make the looks match its capabilities.
Starting with a 1.5-inch suspension lift in the front, the TRD Pro 4Runner gets an extra inch of wheel travel thanks to remote-reservoir Bilstein shocks that help the 4Runner with added ground clearance and help smooth out rough terrain. Remote-reservoir Bilsteins also find a home in the 4Runner’s rear suspension.
All-new, 17-inch TRD alloy wheels are murdered out in all black and wrapped with more aggressive off-road tires. Although Toyota doesn’t specify, the 4Runner in many of the pictures appear to be wearing modified Falcon tires.
Appearance wise, the 4Runner TRD Pro only comes in three colors: Black, white, and an all-new Inferno Red. The unique grille prominently displays "TOYOTA," a throwback to the old FJ40 and more recent FJ Cruiser. Strong aluminum skid plating with a stamped "TRD" logo visible under the front bumper provide the necessary protection needed off road, while TRD Pro-specific bumpers give the 4Runner a menacing look.
Toyota left the interior almost untouched except for a TRD shift handle, TRD Pro-stitched floor mats, and red-stitched seats throughout the cabin along with red stitching on the center console.
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The venerable 4Runner has been a mainstay in the rugged body-on-frame SUV segment for quite a while. Currently in its fifth generation, the 4Runner is getting an aggressive yet sporty mid-cycle refresh for 2014.
Power still comes from the same 4.0-liter V-6 making 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. A five speed auto routes power to either the rear wheels or all four wheels when the four-wheel-drive option is selected.
The 4Runner is still holding strong in a segment that seems to have lost its masculinity. CUVs have permeated the market, put the ruggedness of its body-on-frame construction and longitudinally-oriented engine with a true-grit transfer case still have the a place in 2015.
Pricing for a 2014 4Runner starts at $32,820 for a base model with two-wheel drive. Prices can top $43,000 in Limited trim with all the bell and whistles added on.
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CHICAGO (Feb. 6, 2014) – Get ready to go where even roads fear to tread with the adrenaline-pumping TRD Pro Series from Toyota. Already favorites among serious off-roaders, the 2015 Toyota Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner will get even more capable with these new, aggressive off-road packages designed by the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD).
Rising from the Desert
The TRD Pro Series arises from Toyota’s storied off-road racing heritage, with numerous victories in the grueling Baja 500 and 1000 endurance races. Born from this experience in the desert, Toyota’s terrain-conquering vehicles will help serious off-roaders go places they never dreamed possible.
Serious Specs for Serious Off-Roaders
The new factory-installed TRD Pro Series is aimed squarely at extreme off-roading enthusiasts who push their trucks and SUVs to the limit.
Available on 4X4 models of Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner, all TRD Pro Series vehicles will be equipped with:
- TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs
- TRD-tuned front springs
- TRD front skid plate
- Unique front grille with “TOYOTA” badging (pays tribute to early iconic Toyota models)
- TRD floor mats
- TRD shift knobs
- Black wheels
A hot new color, Inferno, is joined by Black and Super White, cool classics for off-road rigs.
Tundra Like No Other
In addition to the shared features, the Tundra TRD Pro will be equipped exclusively with:
- TRD-tuned springs with 2” lift for the front of the vehicle
- Decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over harsh terrain
- All-black 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin ORP tires
- TRD dual exhaust system
- TRD PRO quarter panel bed stamping
- Unique interior seat color with red stitching
- Unique instrument panel ornament insert
Building on the best-selling compact pickup in the industry, Tacoma TRD Pro beefs up and adds a little hot sauce with:
- TRD-tuned springs with 2” lift for the front
- Decreased spring rate
- 16-inch black beadlock-style wheels
- BFGoodrich® All-Terrain LT265/75R16 tires
- TRD Exhaust
- Black TRD PRO badge
Rock Star 4Runner
Adding to its rock-crawling prowess, 4Runner TRD PRO will be exclusively equipped with:
- 1.5” lift for the front of the vehicle
- 1” of additional wheel travel
- All-new 17-inch TRD all-black alloy wheels
- Black TRD Pro badges
- Black front and rear lower bumper accents
- 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.
The TRD Pro Series will start getting down and dirty in the fall of 2014.
Original Toyota Off-Road Game Returns!
Be the first to take the TRD Pro Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner off-road and online by playing, Super Off Road™: TRD Pro Edition Presented by Toyota.
Choose your favorite TRD Pro model and put them to the test on the toughest, muddiest, most grueling online off-road track. Score power-ups, challenge friends and compete to beat the leaderboard. Visit www.ToyotaSuperOffRoad.com for more information.