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2017 Toyota Tacoma receives TRD Pro treatment

For those unfamiliar with the Toyota TRD Pro Series, it is a series of off-roading packages offered on the manufacturer's most capable vehicles. So far, the Toyota Tundra and 4Runner have received the TRD treatment, and the time has now come for the Tacoma to get its mud-slinging makeover.

For the 2017 model year, the Tacoma TRD Pro is based on the 4x4 double cab, short bed version of the truck and is available with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. It will be powered by a 3.5L V6 direct injection Atkinson cycle engine with 4WDemand part-time 4WD system, the V6 Tow Package and a VVT-I exhaust.

The Tacoma TRD Pro version is inspired by Toyota's "off-road racing heritage", referring to their past victories in the Baja endurance race. For the occasion, the Tacoma receives numerous factory-installed performance upgrades, including a tuned suspension sporting Fox shocks, a one-inch lift, upgraded TRD front springs and rear leaf suspension as well as Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Kevlar reinforced tires, in case you had any doubts about how serious Toyota is about sending the Tacoma off the beaten paths.

On the outside, this version of the pickup truck receives a few trim-specific accessories such as a heritage-inspired front grille, 16-inch black alloy wheels, an aluminum front skid plate, black-bezeled headlights and taillights, and of course a few TRD Pro badges here and there. On the inside, the same rule applies with leather trimmings, a Multi-Information Display with integrated inclinometer and tilt gauge, navigation, GoPro mount, rear park assist and blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert to help avoid those stealthy desert bushes and cacti.

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro will go on sale later this year, in the fall of 2016.