Toyota has announced that through its TRD (Toyota Racing Development) motorsports division, it will release a number of new off-road ready truck derivatives for the 2015-model year. The 2015 Toyota Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner will gain aggressive off-road packages designed by the engineers at TRD. The TRD Pro Series has been born our of Toyota’s long and successful off-road racing heritage, with many victories in races such as the Baja 500 and 1000.
The new factory TRD Pro Series trucks are designed specifically for hardcore off-road enthusiasts and 4×4 models of Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner TRD Pro Series vehicles will be equipped with TRD Bilstein shocks with remote reservoirs, TRD-tuned front springs, a TRD front skid plate, a unique front grille with “TOYOTA” badging (pays tribute to early iconic Toyota models), TRD floor mats, TRD shift knobs, and black wheels. As well, a new color, Inferno, will join Black and Super White, for the new off-road rigs.
In addition to these features shared by all three trucks, the Tundra TRD Pro will be equipped exclusively with TRD-tuned springs with a 2-inch lift for the front of the vehicle, a decreased spring rate to improve ride quality over harsh terrain, all-black 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin ORP tires, a TRD dual exhaust system, a TRD PRO quarter panel bed stamping, unique interior seat color with red stitching, unique instrument panel ornament insert.
In addition, the best-selling compact pickup in the industry, Tacoma will also be offered with its own exclusive TRD Pro upgrade of equipment that includes TRD-tuned springs with a 2-inch lift for the front, decreased spring rate, 16-inch black headlock-style wheels, BFGoodrich All-Terrain LT265/75R16 tires, TRD exhaust, and black TRD PRO badge.
Adding to its rock-crawling prowess, 4Runner TRD PRO will also be equipped with a 1.5-inch lift for the front of the vehicle, 1-inch of additional wheel travel, all-new 17-inch TRD all-black alloy wheels, black TRD Pro badges, and black front and rear lower bumper accents.
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 cars and trucks. TRD’s U.S. operations were first established in 1979 and are headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, with an additional facility in Salisbury, North Carolina. The TRD Pro Series trucks will appear in dealer showrooms in fall of 2014.