TORONTO, Ontario: When it comes to true off-road performance, taking the trail less travelled isn’t suited for amateurs. That’s where TRD Pro comes in. From the beginning, TRD Pro vehicles were designed to take off-road performance to the next level using parts designed and tested by the Toyota Racing Development team. The Tacoma TRD Pro is taking the next step in its evolution.
For the 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro, off-road performance goes up a notch – literally! The next-generation Tacoma TRD Pro will employ TRD-tuned Fox internal bypass shocks designed to deliver exceptional on- and off-road performance, but the crucial suspension change will be a taller suspension lift – 28 mm up front and 13 mm at the rear.
The increased suspension lift will provide adventurers with even more off-road capability for exploring the great outdoors, as it equates to real-world improvements for trail and obstacle clearance thanks to its 36.4-degree approach angle, 24.7-degree departure angle, and its 26.6-degree break-over angle – all of which improve upon the previous-generation TRD Pro.
Complementing the increased front lift is new TRD-engineered upper control arms. Featuring machine-forged aluminium construction for added strength, the new TRD upper control arms allow the FOX shocks to make use of the additional rebound stroke afforded by the lift by adjusting the angle of the ball-joint mount.
New black TRD wheels are equipped on Tacoma TRD Pro, offering a wider track width than stock and fitted with new Goodyear Territory all-terrain tires that feature an aggressive sidewall design.
Tacoma TRD Pro will still greet the world with a heritage-inspired front grille with colour-keyed surround. Available new hood graphics complement the blacked-out hood scoop. TRD Pro will also feature a colour-keyed rear bumper, door handles and power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, while black over-fenders will marry the dual-colour styling theme.
A TRD-tuned cat-back exhaust provides some additional growl from the standard 3.5-litre V6 engine. The V6 employs Toyota’s innovative VVT-iW technology and Atkinson-cycle combustion to maximise efficiency. Toyota’s D-4S fuel injection system incorporates both direct injection and port injectors. The output is an impressive 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of peak torque.