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Get your kit on — Toyota’s Tacoma pickup dressed to kill

TOYOTA’S North American division has unleashed a TRD Pro version of its Tacoma pickup kitted out with beefed-up off-road suspension and tyres plus a mean-looking styling pack at the ongoing Chicago show.

The North American Tacoma is broadly equivalent to the HiLux sold in global markets in terms of size, and the TRD Pro variant features a number of factory-fit component upgrades developed by TRD to boost its off-road ability.

Applied to a four-wheel-drive Tacoma with short bed dual-cab bodystyle and a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, the TRD Pro’s suspension is upgraded and TRD-tuned with Fox 2.5 internal bypass shocks, a 25mm front suspension lift and progressive-rate off-road rear leaf springs.

The 16-inch black-painted alloy wheels are wrapped in Kevlar-reinforced Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tyres, while the part-time four-wheel-drive system has a limited-slip centre differential and a locking rear diff, GoAuto is reporting.

Adding to the TRD Pro’s tough off-road look are the striking “heritage- inspired” gaping black radiator grille and aluminium front skid plate, black bonnet scoop, black-background head- and tail-lights and Rigid Industries LED foglights. There is even a GoPro camera mount.

Keeping everything from boiling over in tough conditions are an engine oil cooler and power steering fluid cooler, as part of a standard towing package also including a bigger 130-amp alternator and electronic trailer sway control system.

Automatic transmission variants also get a transmission fluid cooler, hill-start assist and Toyota’s off-road cruise control feature CRAWL, as seen on Australian market LandCruisers. Regardless of transmission choice is a standard five-mode terrain selector system.

Inside are TRD Pro branded leather front seats with heating and four-way adjustment, a TRD gear selector knob, TRD Pro branded floor mats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and electronic safety features comprising rear parking sensors and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The Tacoma is the third Toyota off-roader to receive the TRD Pro treatment, after the fullsize Tundra pickup and 4Runner SUV.


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