When Toyota teased their upcoming TRD Pro SUV yesterday, our guesses were pretty much limited to either the upper echelon of Toyota SUVs or those that were based off the Toyota Prado. From the looks of it, we hit the nail on the head with our former answer as Toyota have now revealed the next member of the TRD Pro offroad line: the Sequoia TRD Pro.
The Toyota Sequoia is better known stateside as Toyota’s biggest seven-seater SUV offering. Much wider and more upscale than the 4Runner, the Sequoia makes for a choice option to shuttle families on long trips. While it is much associated with people carrying than outright off-road performance, TRD gives the hefty Sequoia all the kit it needs to be able to take the road less travelled.
Among the list of changes by TRD, the custom-valved aluminum Fox Shocks mounted on each corner are perhaps the most prominent pieces you will get out of a TRD Pro’d Sequoia. Built with an Internal Bypass System, these Fox Shocks allow suspension fluid to bypass the piston depending on contact with the road surface. While the system itself is a bit complicated, this system translates to a smooth ride over undulations on the road but is stiff enough not to be sloppy on completely rugged terrain.
On the outside the Sequoia TRD Pro distinguishes itself with a prominent ‘TOYOTA’ grill up front – as is signature with the rest of the TRD Pro line. LED headlamps and foglamps also provide added illumination for the odd night trail. A TRD Front skid plate ensures that the front suspension and oil pan are protected during trails as well. All that along with distinct black badging on the doors allow the Sequoia TRD Pro to distinguish itself from standard versions. Color choices include the TRD Pro-exclusive Army Green and other exterior color choices such as Super White, Midnight Black Metallic and Magnetic Gray Metallic.
As for powertrain, the Sequoia TRD Pro retains the i-Force 5.7 Liter V8 which pushes 380PS with 543 Nm of torque. 90% of that torque is immediately available at 2200 rpm, allowing the Sequoia TRD Pro to be capable of towing up to 3.2 tons of cargo. To give a signature touch, the Sequoia TRD Pro can be fitted with an optional TRD Exhaust which gives a more distinct exhaust note. Sending power to a lockable limited torsen differential, it also comes standard with Toyota’s Multi-mode 4WD system – an option on other Sequoia trims.
As for creature comforts, the Sequoia TRD Pro completely supports Android Auto, Apple Carplay, and even Amazon Alexa over a 7-inch multimedia screen for complete integration. The rest of the cabin is treated to a black leather on red stitching TRD Pro seating as well as matching floormats.
Considering we’ve yet to see any official TRD Pro vehicles locally, there’s only so little to say whether the Sequoia TRD Pro will eventually find its way to this part of the world. For now though, it looks like we can only count on a few gray market vehicles eventually finding their way to town.