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Toyota reveals Rav4 TRD 'Off-Road' model

2020 Toyota Tacoma squares up to battle Ford Ranger 2020 Toyota Tacoma powers up
Sherri Watson | 11 February, 2019, 03:57

Exterior design cues include "high-rise" roof rails and large over-fenders, plus the more aggressive bumper and grille designs used by the so-called "Adventure" grade.

The TRD Pro package will only be offered for the 7-seat model with middle-row captain's chairs and a three-across third-row seat configuration. In addition, all grades of 2020 Sequoia, Tundra, 4Runner and Tacoma will utilize this updated audio system, though screen size may vary between models, Toyota added. The daytime running lights, fog lights, headlights and bed lamp have all been changed to LED, and the taillights have been redesigned with chrome or black inserts. A set of flow-formed 18-inch TRD alloy wheels in matte black is also new here, and comes paired with a set of Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail all-terrain tyres. Exclusive TRD all-weather floor mats and rear cargo mat capture the mud, sand and water dragged in from the outside and easily shake out for cleanup. The suspension has been overhauled to handle bumps and crashes on rocky roads with re-valved twin-tube shocks, "off-road tuned" red coil springs, new internal rebound springs and revised bump stops for better body control "on large bumps and dips". For those focused on the latter trait, there's good news on that front for 2020, as the Sequoia joins the popular TRD Pro lineup.

The Tacoma TRD Pro comes standard with 4WDemand part-time 4-wheel drive with an electronically controlled transfer case and an electronically controlled locking rear differential.

Underhood, the Tacoma retains a standard 2.7-liter inline-4 rated at 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, although most trucks are built with a 3.5-liter V-6 that puts out 278 hp and 265 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic is the only cog-swapper on offer.

V6-powered Tacomas come standard with the Tow Package - which includes Class IV receiver hitch, automatic transmission fluid cooler, engine oil cooler, power steering cooler, 130-amp alternator, 4 & 7-pin connector with converter, and Trailer-Sway Control.

Look for the 2020 Tacoma to arrive in dealerships later this year with pricing to be announced prior to the on-sale date.