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Toyota Tacoma squares up to battle Ford Ranger

11 February, 2019, 03:59 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • The TRD Off Road is not the full-on TRD Pro we wanted but we're here for it either way

If the all-new 2019 RAV4's Adventure trim isn't rugged or capable enough for you, Toyota has the answer with this 2020 TRD Off-Road model, which it introduced at the Chicago auto show. Now, it's the Tacoma, which is just about to enter its third year in its current iteration. For 2020, the new TRD Off-Road is designed for customers who make the great outdoors a second home. The TRD Sport trim gets 17-inch wheels and available LED headlights.

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off Road is scheduled to go on sale this fall. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma will continue to offer the 159-horsepower, 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine and the 278-hp, 3.5-litre V6. The carmaker did say that the introduction of this new model in the TRD lineup is a herald of changes to come for all of the models wearing the TRD badge. When AWD isn't needed, such as on long highway stretches, Rear Driveline Disconnect optimizes fuel economy. The Toyota RAV4's MID will show torque allocation and slip control data while in off-road mode.

What we do know is that the all-new Rav4 that it's based on will reach South African shores shortly.

Each of the different models will see minor updates, including the always-popular Tacoma TRD Pro, which will see a new panoramic view monitor and terrain monitor, as well as retuned suspension and lighter wheels. Unique red coil springs are tuned for an off-road focus. A TRD-tuned Fox internal bypass shock suspension is the main tool needed for the task, providing the vehicle with 7 compression zones and 2 rebound zones, as well as an increase in rebound travel of 18 mm.


Sharing the same 218mm ground clearance as the Adventure model, the TRD Off-Road is bolstered with lighter 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Falken Wildpeak all-terrain rubber. They are also severe snow rated with open shoulder grooving to shed debris, mud and snow. A contrasting white roof is available. There's additionally a set of aluminum working boards and a roof rack. Inside is black leather upholstery and bronze contrast stitching. Head restraints and all-weather floor mats decorated with TRD branding. Safety systems, including autobrake and adaptive cruise control, are also standard. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation.

RAV4 also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Twelve years into production, the Toyota Sequoia is starting to live up to its name. Given that manuals aren't exactly big sellers in America, it's a bold move from Toyota.

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