Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro dents planet's crust as it lands in Chicago

Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro dents planet's crust as it lands in Chicago

The Japanese automaker unveiled the 2020 Toyota Tacoma in Chicago, and although it states the midsize pickup truck received "changes across the board", it will take a keen eye to spot a 2020 model from previous model years.

While its sales figures and enthusiasm from owners show that the Tacoma was doing fine as is, there's no doubt all of these upgrades will be welcomed by potential buyers in an increasingly competitive segment. For 2020, the new TRD Off-Road is designed for customers who make the great outdoors a second home. It will be the first time CarPlay has been available to Volkswagen drivers.

The 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off Road is scheduled to go on sale this fall.

This US-spec model is powered by Toyota's familiar naturally aspirated 2,5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine (offering 132 kW and 250 N.m), which directs oomph to all four corners via an eight-speed automatic transmission. TRD Pro black leather-trimmed seats with red stitching complement the interior. When AWD isn't needed, such as on long highway stretches, Rear Driveline Disconnect optimizes fuel economy.

Thanks to its standard "Multi-Terrain Select" system, the RAV4 offers various tailored settings: "Mud & Sand" mode for beach driving, "Rock & Dirt" mode for trails and "Snow" for wintery conditions, for instance.

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Now we know that's the case, though you should give up on any hope that your existing auto will get an upgrade to support projection from your Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9, or new Motorola G7. The RAV4 TRD Off-Road also comes with hill-start and descent assist and Trailer Sway Control (TSC).

Though the 2020 Tacoma largely carries over from last year's model aside from the tech upgrade and styling updates, Toyota addressed a number of common complaints. The SUV features aggressive front bumper, grille design, large over fenders, fog lamp surrounds with the Rav4 Adventure grade and high rise roof rails. However it seems there's no luck for those with existing Toyota cars: it'll only be new vehicles that get the functionality. Also, the crossover flaunts a lightweight 18-inch wheels, shod in a special off-road tires Falken Wildpeak Trail.

The company says these tyres feature a unique tread pattern and compound developed specifically to TRD technical requirements, which includes a square shoulder design to protect against punctures, .

Exterior paint colours include red, white, black and two different shades of grey.

The Sequoia TRD Pro has a seven-passenger seating layout, with middle-row captain's chairs and a three-place third-row bench.

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