Look out yonder at that landscape, and you’ll spot a a trio of Toyotas camped out in the wilderness. They’re the latest off-road-ready variants of Toyota’s Tundra and Tacoma pickups and 4Runner SUV, and they’re headed for the Chicago auto show early next month.
Although Toyota has yet to formally specify the deal with the trucks, it’s safe to assume they’re updated TRD Pros. The Tacoma and 4Runner are currently offered in TRD Pro guise, but the Tundra version has been on hiatus. Besides wearing model-specific bodywork, both the 2018 Tacoma TRD Pro and the 2018 4Runner TRD Pro come equipped with boulder-bashing stuff that includes a thick front skid plate, specially tuned suspensions, and knobby tires.
It’s possible that the updated TRD Pros will kick things up a couple of notches to elevate into the space occupied by the hard-core Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 and its racing-derived Multimatic remote-reservoir shock absorbers, although we’ll have to wait a little while to find out. Expect them to continue to rely on their naturally aspirated V-6 and V-8 engines, which would mean a 278-hp 3.5-liter V-6 in the Tacoma, a 270-hp 4.0-liter V-6 in the 4Runner, and a 381-hp 5.7-liter V-8 in the Tundra.
We’ll know more about the changes Toyota has in store for these trail-tackling variants of the Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner in Chicago. In the meantime, we might as well enhance the photo:
Yep, not worth the trouble. Just as we suspected.