The Taco Supreme Rides Again!

Today Toyota has teased the industry with a single photo, zoomed way in with few overall details. Thankfully, however, the photo reveals just enough information that we know what’s going on. This is the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

You’ll notice the large, block TOYOTA logo in the honeycomb grille. That’s a signature trademark for TRD Pro models. Only the Tundra, 4Runner, and previous-generation Tacoma TRD Pro models have such an emblem. Next you’ll see the hood scoop. This is undoubtedly the scoop from the new Tacoma, introduced for the 2016 model year. Compared side-by-side with the 2016 Tacoma Sport, the hood scoop are identical, securing the Tacoma TRD Pro’s identity. Let’s just hope the TRD Pro’s hood scoop is actually functional.

Beyond the grille and hood scoop, the paint color is the only other telling feature. It looks to be Silver Sky Metallic hue currently offered on the 2016 Tacoma. Toyota will likely restrict the TRD Pro’s color choices to two or three. Expect white, black, and perhaps the now-iconic Inferno orange.

We fully expect the 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission to be only powertrain choice for the Tacoma TRD Pro. That’s in combination with the electronic, two-speed transfer case for the 4WD system. Expect Toyota’s Crawl Control, Multi-terrain Select, and electronically locking rear differential to be present. Of course, the TRD Pro will come with upgrades wheels, tires, and suspension components, making it a hard-core desert runner. Extra skid plates and exposed tow hooks help protect the undercarriage while providing an extra level of utility.

Toyota’s slot at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show is at 1:30 p.m. central time on Thursday, February 11. You can watch the live unveiling by following the link below.

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Why it matters

Toyota is one of the most iconic automakers in the off-road world, listing up there with Land Rover and Jeep. Re-adding the Tacoma TRD Pro to its lineup would further push the automaker into the off-road community. The Tacoma TRD Pro will rejoin the Tundra TRD Pro and 4Runner TRD Pro, making a solid trio of off-road-focused vehicles under the Toyota badge. No other automaker can boast of such.

Once Toyota makes the official debut, we’ll bring you all the information. Stay tuned to TopSpeed.

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