Ready for action, the all-new 2024 Toyota Tacoma in Trailhunter and TRD Pro flavors
When Toyota officially revealed the 2024 Tacoma last week, boy were we surprised with what Toyota did to the fourth-generation pickup truck. Not only does it look like a downsized Tundra, but it's now powered by Toyota's new turbocharged i-Force Max engine. There's even a hybrid version of the powertrain that delivers more power while also emitting fewer carbon emissions.
But if there were two versions of the all-new Tacoma that really impressed us, it's the TRD Pro and the Trailhunter. Sitting atop the 2024 Tacoma range, both pickup trucks are fitted with all kinds of off-road goodies, as well as extra features exclusive only to both variants.
Starting with the TRD Pro, Toyota describes it as a “go-fast” desert conqueror with an upgraded suspension. It has Fox internal bypass 2.5-inch shocks with three levels of adjustment, as well as Fox internal floating piston bump stops to make its ride smoother even over the bumpiest of terrains. And when the going gets tough, the front stabilizer bar can be electronically disconnected to give the front tires better maneuverability.
Speaking of tires, the TRD Pro gets 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 33-inch Goodyear Territory R/T tires. It also gets extra height over the regular Tacoma. The TRD Pro sits 2 inches higher in the front and 1.5 inches in the back.
Like the rest of the Tacoma lineup, the TRD Pro is packed with interior amenities like a 14-inch touchscreen infotainment, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, a heads-up display, and heated/ventilated front seats. It also comes with auxiliary toggle switches at the ready for when you want to install additional equipment on the TRD Pro.
What is perhaps the most prominent feature inside the TRD Pro is the IsoDynamic Performance seats. Unlike your typical seats, these are designed to provide a smooth and confident ride via an air-over-oil damping system. This allows the seats to dampen body movement as well as help stabilize the neck and head. The shock-absorbing seats can be adjusted via the control on the seatback which will allow users to fine-tune the dampening of the patent-pending feature.
Over to the Tacoma Trailhunter, this particular pickup truck is tailored for overlanding. It was jointly developed with ARB and is available with a 5-inch or 6-inch bed. Like the TRD Pro, the Trailhunter looks muscular with its rugged fender flares, 18-inch bronze alloy wheels wrapped in 33-inch Goodyear Territory R/T tires, steel bumpers, steel skid plates, and an air compressor to easily inflate or deflate the tires while off the beaten path.
Since it's geared for overlanding, ARB installed bed racks that can support additional gear like roof tents and canopies. Other key exterior features include an air snorkel, a heritage front grille featuring the Toyota lettering, and an integrated LED light bar on the front fascia.
Underneath, the Trailhnter comes with an Old Man Emu-developed suspension. While Toyota did not go into specifics, they did say it has position-sensitive 2.5-inch forged monotube shocks with rear external remote reservoirs, forged aluminum upper control arms, and a front stabilizer disconnect system. It also sits 2 inches higher at the front while the rear is 1.5 inches higher off the ground – just like the TRD Pro.
Inside, the Trailhunter is a 12.3-inch digital cluster, a 14-inch touchscreen infotainment, heated/ventilated front seats, and a heads-up display. But unlike its sibling which has a more rugged-looking cabin, the Trailhunter is more sedated with leather or SofTex seats complete with contrast stitching.
Both the TRD Pro and Trailhunter come with the 2.4-liter turbocharged (and electrified) i-Force Max powertrain. The engine is assisted by a 1.87 kWh battery pack and an electric motor – resulting in a total system output of 331 PS and 630 Nm of torque. Power goes to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and a four-wheel drive system with locking differentials for extra traction in any terrain.
While Toyota Motor Philippines doesn't offer the 2024 Tacoma officially, expect gray market dealers to offer the all-new midsize pickup truck soon – including the TRD Pro and Trailhunter variants. With that, which Tacoma will you be getting if you have the chance?