The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is a midsize pickup truck manufactured by the Japanese automaker Toyota since 1995. The first generation model of Toyota Tacoma was available in the market from 1995 to 2004 which was a compact pickup truck. From second generation onwards the car was available as a midsized pickup truck. In 2005 the vehicle was awarded truck of the year by a leading American magazine. Till 2015 this vehicle was sold in Canada, United States, Chile, Bolivia, and New Caledonia.
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro – Trim levels:
Trim levels of this pickup truck include Tacoma SR, Tacoma TRD Sport, Tacoma TRD off-road, Tacoma SR5, and Tacoma Limited. The truck will be available in double cab and access cab configurations with different bed sizes. Most probably the regular cab will not be upgraded for a future model.
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is going to be the third generation model of Toyota Tacoma. This new version will have redefined look with much more developed off-road driving platform. This vehicle is made in such a way that it will easily endure extreme environmental conditions and extreme roads.
Other than taking challenges the vehicle is also capable of racing on uneven terrains. The Toyota pickup series like TRD Pro Tacoma, 4 Runner, and Tundra has helped many off-roaders to travel places where they never thought of. The 2017 TRD Pro will have latest equipment with Toyota Racing Development technology; because of TRD, the car becomes more suitable in extreme terrains.
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro – Cabin and Safety Features:
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro was displayed recently at Chicago Auto Show; the vehicle will start with a base model of 4×4 short-beds. From 2015 models various exterior changes are observed in Tacoma. The new 2017 model will feature more appealing and aggressive look. The front portion is designed with a larger grille and newly designed LED headlights.
The body frame of TRD Pro will have high strength steel body frame to reduce its weight and increase toughness, and the body will be made up of ultra-high strength steel which is incorporated using latest hot stamping method, this will make the body stronger with significant weight reduction. The vehicle is designed in such a way it not only looks rigid but also provides best off-road driving performance.
The new model will be having three new exterior colors viz. gray, metallic red and white. New upgraded features include aluminum front skid plate, 16-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain strengthened tires, HID fog lights, newly designed taillights, automatic daytime running LEDs, projector beam LED headlights, TRD badge, power outside mirrors, colored door handles, sturdy rear bumper etc.
The interior of 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is expected to have various redesigning which will make the vehicle more luxurious. Front fascia will have improved and bigger touch screen displays with a new control panel. Previously used hard plastics in Tacoma models will be replaced by soft materials.
Exclusive interior features offered by the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro are:
- Heated front seats having leather finish
- Four-way adjustable driver and passenger front seat having lumbar support
- Premium quality sound system
- Newly designed navigation system
- Infotainment system with latest apps
- Dual climate control
- Leather covered steering wheel
- Hands-free calling facility
- TRD Pro floor mats
Safety features include blind spot monitoring system, parking assistance, advanced cameras, rear traffic alert, and many other features. The new infotainment display system is merged with tilt gauge and inclinometer. The screen also displays average fuel consumption, odometer, outside temperature etc.
2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro – Engine and Transmission:
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro will come up with 2.7 liters I4 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission or five-speed manual transmissions. Another type will be 3.5 liters DOHC Atkinson-cycle V6 engine having 24 valves; it uses Variable Valve Timing technology. The 3.5-liter engine is capable of generating 278 HP and 265 pound-feet of torque; it will be available in both six-speed automatic and manual transmission. The maximum towing capacity will remain around 6,800 pounds (3,100 Kg).
The 3.5 liter V6 engine runs on D-4S (Direct injection 4-stroke gasoline engine system) technology which enables the driver to use both port injection and direct injection as per requirement. This technology enhances the performance of this vehicle in different terrains and increases fuel economy. D-4S system uses the same engine and same cylinders for both port and direct injection, and both injection systems remain active when the engine speed is low.
The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro four-wheel drive (4WD) is expected to have an EPA of 18 mpg on city, 23 mpg in highway and 20 mpg combined. Earlier 2WD models were more fuel efficient which had an EPA rating of 19 mpg on city, 24 mpg on highway and 21 mpg combined. But the company has confirmed that all future TRD Pro models will have 4WD for better all-terrain performance.
The new 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is known for its off-road performance, thus, the suspension system is very well developed with a usage of latest technology. The suspension system includes heavy duty internal bypass shock absorbers, one inch lifted front spring, progressive rate leaf spring is used in rear suspension, part-time four-wheel drive, electronic controlled rear differential, tough and bigger shock shafts, internal floating pistons, and electronic controlled rear differential.
For better off-road performance the vehicle will have electronically controlled auto slip differential. Along with class 4 tow hitch, engine oil cooling technology, alternator with high output, power steering cooler, better trailer truck sway controlling, crawl control, ATF cooler, advanced braking system.
It will also have 5 modes automatic multi-terrain selection system which adjusts traction control and engine throttle.This vehicle is also equipped with Hill Start Assistance (in automatic transmission trims only) for better control of the vehicle at higher altitudes which prevents the truck from rolling down, and improved traction control (for manual transmission trims).
Competitors, Price, and Release Date:
Some rivals of 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro in midsized truck segment are:
- Chevrolet Colorado
- GMC Canyon
- Nissan Frontier
The base price of 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is anticipated to remain in the range of $25,000 to $38,000. The truck is expected to be available in showrooms by 2016 end.
Like other vehicles manufactured by Toyota, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro also comes with 36 months or 58,000 km of basic warranty. All parts and maintenance are covered under the warranty. The company is also providing an additional powertrain warranty of 60 months or 96,000 km. Other than all these there will be complimentary warranty plan for scheduled servicing and 24 hours roadside assistance for 2 years or 40,000 km.