by Bill P.
This fall, the Toyota Tacoma will rejoin the 2017 model year TRD Pro family with all-new factory-installed off-road equipment designed by the experts at Toyota Racing Development (TRD) making it even more off-road capable than before.
The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro adds an array of new performance equipment raising the bar on off-terrain performance. The new pickup is aimed squarely at extreme off-roading enthusiasts who challenge themselves and their trucks and SUV’s in some of the harshest conditions.
The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro is designed to perform in the toughest off-road environment. Whether tackling treacherous snow-covered terrain, driving off the beaten path, or surviving extreme conditions where roads fear to tread, the adrenaline-pumping TRD Pro Series from Toyota is up for any challenge.
Based on the Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4×4 Double Cab Short Bed model in either 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, the new Tacoma TRD Pro will be available in Cement, Barcelona Red Metallic, and Super White. The exterior of each Tacoma TRD Pro model will also include projector-beam headlights with black bezels, LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights, taillights with black bezels, TRD Pro badge on front door with diamond-pattern knurled finish, TRD Pro RD Pro aluminum front skid plate, 16-inch TRD black alloy wheels with Goodyear Wrangler® All-Terrain Kevlar®-reinforced tires, and TRD Pro aluminum front skid plate.
Each Tacoma TRD Pro will also come equipped with a heritage-inspired TOYOTA front grille with color-keyed surround, blacked out hood scoop and graphic, color-keyed power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, color-keyed door handles, black overfenders, and a color-keyed rear bumper.
The Tacoma TRD Pro will be powered by a 3.5-Liter V6 DOHC 24-valve direct-injection Atkinson-cycle engine with Variable Valve Timing-intelligent Wide and VVT-I exhaust. The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro really earns its off-road cred through its TRD-installed suspension and exhaust enhancements that include TRD-tuned rear suspension with progressive-rate off-road leaf spring.
Every Tacoma TRD Pro will be equipped with 4WDemand part-time 4WD with a transfer case and Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto LSD) that are both electronically-controlled. Also standard will be a V6 Tow Package that includes a Class-IV towing receiver hitch, ATF cooler (automatic only), engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, 130-amp alternator, 4- and 7-pin connector with convertor, and Trailer-Sway Control (TSC).
An electronically controlled locking rear differential is also standard to help distribute engine power evenly to both rear wheels so they move at the same speed, providing more grip in low-traction conditions.
When the trail gets challenging, Tacoma TRD Pro’s Crawl Control (CRAWL) will help drivers conquer their off-road adventure. Equipped on automatics only, this advanced system automatically modulates the throttle and brakes on five low-speed settings so you can keep your focus on navigating across difficult terrain.
Equipped on Tacoma TRD Pro automatic is the Toyota Multi-terrain Select system. With five modes to choose from, the system helps regulate wheel spin by automatically adjusting the engine throttle and traction control. When combined with the standard Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain tires with tough Kevlar construction, Multi-terrain Select helps enhance traction dramatically, meaning you can get back to the fun more quickly.
Tacoma TRD Pro’s Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), equipped on automatic transmission models only, helps you safely get up those hills. This technology helps minimize Tacoma from rolling backward when you move your foot from the brake to the gas pedal, so you can move upward with confidence.
The added traction of 4WD is great, but with Active Traction Control (A-TRAC), it’s even better! Equipped only on the Tacoma TRD Pro manual, A-TRAC is a 4WD traction control system that uses the 4-channel ABS system to control power flow to the front and rear wheels, all without cutting throttle input.
Driving a sporty package in rugged off-road conditions does not mean you can’t ride in comfort and with the latest safety and convenience technologies. The new Tacoma TRD Pro combines sportiness and convenience with standard features that include black TRD Pro leather-trimmed heated front seats with TRD Pro logo located in the headrest, TRD shift knob, leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth® hands-free phone controls, TRD Pro floor mats, Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite, and rear parking assist sonar.
The new Tacoma TRD Pro also includes an analog instrumentation that features a 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display (MID) with an integrated inclinometer and tilt gauge. The MID also adds outside temperature, odometer, trip meters, and average fuel economy.
As in all Tacoma models, a GoPro® mount is located on the windshield for serious off-roaders who like to document their exploits
with GoPro® HERO cameras.