Toyota is bringing back the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.
If that sounds strange, well that’s because the Tacoma TRD Pro wasn’t gone that long. In fact, it wasn’t here long in the first place. The original Tacoma TRD Pro was on the market for one year in 2014 before Toyota pulled it and revamped it for 2017.
Toyota unveiled that new revamped version Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show, calling it a truck for “extreme off-road enthusiasts”. To that end, it has all-new factory installed off-road equipment designed by, who else, but the Toyota Racing Development team aka TRD.
The midsize pickup is trail-ready with special features like 16-inch off-road black alloy tires, an aluminum front skid plate, LED fog lights and projector headlights. TRD badging is a given, too.
Of course, a four-wheel drive towing package comes standard along with a towing receiver hitch. It’s also equipped with a GoPro camera mount on the windshield (but, sorry, you have to buy the actual GoPro yourself.)
Under the hood, it gets a 3.5-liter V6 engine good for 278-horses and 265 pound-feet of torque. TRD-installed suspension and exhaust enhancements include FOX 2.5 Internal Bypass shocks, front springs with a 1-inch lift and rear suspension.
The TRD Pro comes with both the automatic and manual versions. But only the automatic version comes with a Crawl Control system designed to modulate the throttle and brakes on five low-speed settings so you can keep your focus on navigating across difficult terrain.
As far as colors go, you get three exterior choices: Cement, Barcelona Red Metallic, and Super White.
The new Tacoma TRD Pro will go on sale this fall. No pricing yet, but the 2015 version started at $24,200.