What Is It?
2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Series
What's New About This Model?
The new 4Runner TRD Pro Series is not an all-new model, but it is an all-new trim package aimed at SUV shoppers with a distinct desire to venture off-road. It features 17-inch all-black alloy wheels, a 1.5-inch front-end lift, an additional inch of wheel travel and high-performance Bilstein shocks to bolster its off-road ability. The TRD Pro Series package also includes an aluminum front skid plate, a unique Toyota-badged front end and a unique "Inferno" paint color.
When Does It Go on Sale?
It will be available in dealers this fall.
How Much Does It Cost?
Toyota did not announce pricing. The current 2014 Toyota 4Runner starts at $33,680.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
Like every Toyota 4Runner, the TRD Pro Series has a 4.0-liter V6 good for 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic is standard.
Does This Replace the 4Runner Trail?
No, the 4Runner's current off-road-ready trim level, the Trail, will continue. The TRD Pro Series is simply another trim choice, with unique suspension and styling elements.
Does the TRD Pro Series Come With KDSS?
Like the Trail, the TRD Pro Series will indeed offer the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, or KDSS. It automatically disconnects the SUV's stabilizer bars in low-speed off-road situations to improve suspension articulation over deep ruts and boulders.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk: The Cherokee is smaller than the 4Runner and doesn't feature its sturdy body-on-frame construction, but in Trailhawk guise it can go most places this newest Toyota can.
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee: The Grand Cherokee does not feature a dedicated off-roading trim level such as the TRD Pro Series, but its multiple four-wheel-drive systems and Selec-Terrain adjustable off-road settings make it a thoroughly capable vehicle off the beaten path.
Should You Wait for It?
If you like going off-road, absolutely. The 2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Series follows Toyota's great tradition of creating off-road-ready vehicles that boast commendable reliability, while going beyond the existing 4Runner Trail model. The added styling flair should also make up somewhat for the discontinued FJ Cruiser.