The automaker decides to inject the 18-year old veteran with a dose of ’TRD Pro’ steroid and bring it to the Chicago Auto Show

Toyota has managed to turn the TRD Pro badge into some sort a privilege for the SUVs in the Japanese lineup. It’s like an Ironman Triathlon where the beasts have to go through a series of challenges to earn the TRD Pro badge. The latest entrant to that list the Toyota Sequoia. Toyota teased a new vehicle being added to the TRD Pro lineup a couple of days back and to be honest, the Sequoia would have been the last option on everyone’s minds. But well, the TRD Pro Sequoia is ready and will be officially making its debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

A Much Desperately Needed Change

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Talking about the latest entrant to that list, this was a much needed makeover for the Sequoia. It is almost 18 years old and is still in its second generation. The second-gen was launched in 2005 and the SUV has virtually been unchanged other than a few facelifts in the last 14 years.

The Toyota Sequoia has been in the market for almost two decades and is selling solely for its utility and practicality.

It has consistently been clocking three-digit monthly sales figures for the last five years, whereas its primary competitors - Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, and Dodge Durango - have been selling 10-times more than the Sequoia. However, Toyota has finally found a way to make the Sequoia relevant again.

What Makes The Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro Special?

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The TRD Pro is more than just a gimmick. All the cars that have worn this badge earlier - the Tacoma, 4Runner, and the Tundra - have looked their best in this avatar. With the Sequoia’s addition to the TRD Pro lineup, the body-on-frame heavyweight may receive the boost it needs to avoid a midlife crisis.

The first and the foremost thing that every TRD Pro vehicle receives is a set of Fox off-road internal bypass shocks in the front which stiffen up in off-road conditions, but still manage to offer decent on-road ride and handling.

The 2.5-inch shocks feature seven compression zones, two rebound zones, each increased by 18 millimeters, and a reduced spring rate.

At the rear, there’s a set of Fox monotube shocks that installed to prevent the body thudding the rocky surface. The rear shocks are two inches, but have larger 47-millimeter pistons that are 50-percent larger than those used in the standard Sequoia rear shocks. The shock rods have also gotten beefier and are 3.2 millimeters wider.

Exterior

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Upfront, the Sequoia gets slapped with the ’Toyota’ lettering on the black grille, which is standard on every TRD Pro model. The Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro also comes with LED headlights, and LED fog lights. In my opinion, Toyota should have tweaked the bumper to give the plain-Jane Sequoia a tougher look. At the bottom is a front skid plate to protect the oil pan.

The SUV rides on 18-inch BBS wheels painted in black that look quite hot with the white body paint shades.

The fenders receive the TRD Pro badges. There’s also a set of aluminum running boards and a roof rack. The Sequoia TRD Pro is offered in four shades -

  • Super White
  • Midnight Black Metallic
  • Magnetic Grey Metallic
  • Army Green (Exclusive to TRD Pro lineup)

Interior

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On the inside, the new TRD Pro Sequoia receives a set of black leather-trimmed seats with TRD Pro badging stitched into the headrests and red contrast stitching. It also comes with TRD Pro all-weather floor mats.

A new 7.0-inch infotainment screen is added to the dash and it supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, as well as Amazon Alexa!

Talk about the grandpa getting all tech-savvy! Safety systems, including auto-brake and adaptive cruise control, also come as standard.

Just like the standard Sequoia, this SUV version also receives the Toyota Safety Sense P which includes things like:

  • Pre-Collision Warning
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Automatic Braking
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Dynamic Cruise Control With Full Stop
  • Automatic High Beams.

Drivetrain

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Talking about the drivetrain, The Sequoia TRD Pro comes packed with the same engine under the hood - A 5.7-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 mill that churns out 381 horses and 401 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission system.

As for the towing capabilities, the Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro can tow up to 7,100 pounds and comes a tow hitch.

To make things all the more interesting, you can opt for a harmonious exhaust as an option that adds to the beefy character of the good ol’ reinvigorated Sequoia’s aura.

Engine 5.7-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 unit
Power 381 horses
Torque 401 pound-feet
Transmission Six-speed gearbox
Towing Capacity 7,100 pounds

Our Take

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Apart from this SUV, there is one major change made to the whole TRD Pro lineup as well. All the other three TRD Pro models - Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner - as well as their non-TRD counterparts receive a new 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

Coming back to the off-road Sequoia, the TRD Pro badge will surely interest the customers again. Toyota has a loyal fan-base, but did not have a solid offering that could take on the Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition and the Dodge Durango. With this new offering, Toyota can expect the sales to rise once again. However, I feel Toyota could have played a little more with the Sequoia in this avatar. Adding a snorkel at the front, for instance, would have put this mammoth SUV on a different level altogether in the looks department. Same goes for the inside as well. Seats with TRD Pro badging does not sound very appealing. Hopefully, Toyota will add these equipments at least as option in the future. Not to the mention, this fuel-guzzler will become all the more thirsty in the TRD Pro avatar. Prices and availability status have not been announced yet.

Further reading

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Read our full driven review on the 2018 Toyota Sequoia.

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What it’s Like to Daily Drive the 2018 Toyota Sequoia

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Inside the 2018 Toyota Sequoia Platinum

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What’s New on the 2018 Toyota Sequoia

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