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2017 Tacoma TRD Pro Is Toyota's Colorado ZR2

  • John Goreham
    Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
    Earlier this afternoon Toyota unveiled the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro. Fans of the Pro-series have been clambering for the Pro to return and were not disappointed. The new truck trim does not have any engine upgrades as standard equipment, but the exhaust and 4WD system is slightly different than the Tacoma TRD Off-Road. The main theme is style enhancements and serious suspension upgrades over an already extremely capable off-road truck.


The first thing that some in attendance thought was "Where is the Colorado version of this truck?" The Colorado is very capable off-road, but Chevy and GMC don't market anything this extreme- yet. The Z71 Trail Boss is more than most buyers will ever need, but what does "need" have to do with these special edition off-road trucks?

The 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro will come in just three colors and orange is not one of them. Buyers will choose from Cement, Barcelona Red Metallic, and Super White. The style enhancements include: Front grille with color-keyed surround, blacked out hood scoop and graphic, color-keyed power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, color-keyed door handles, black overfenders, and a color-keyed rear bumper.
Many of the standard features on the TRD Pro are already found on the TRD Off-road, like the V6 engine and the Goodyear Wrangler with Kevlar tires. Here are the big upgrades in bullet point:
•16-inch TRD black alloy wheels with Goodyear Wrangler® All-Terrain Kevlar®-reinforced tires
•TRD Pro aluminum front skid plate
• FOX 2.5 Internal Bypass shocks tuned by TRD
•TRD-tuned front springs with a 1-inch lift
•TRD-tuned rear suspension with progressive-rate off-road leaf spring
•4WDemand part-time 4WD with a transfer case
• Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto LSD)
•Rigid Industries® LED fog lights
•Projector-beam headlights with black bezels, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and auto on/off feature
•Taillights with black bezels
•TRD Pro badge on front door with diamond-pattern knurled finish
•Black TRD Pro and 4x4 rear tailgate badging
The interior also has its own changes which include:
•Black TRD Pro leather-trimmed heated front seats with TRD Pro logo located in the headrest
•4-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
•Entune™ Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite
•TRD shift knob
•TRD Pro floor mats
•Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth® hands-free phone controls
•Rear parking assist sonar
•Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Every TRD Pro also gets the V6 Tow Package that includes a Class-IV towing receiver hitch, ATF cooler (automatic only), engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, 130-amp alternator, 4- and 7-pin connector with convertor, and Trailer-Sway Control (TSC)

Having just tested a TRD Off-Road with the Premium and Technology Packages at $37K, expect the 2017 Toyota TRD Pro to be a $40K truck out the door.

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