2020 TRD News



Quick History.

 

Current TRD Models.

 

New Member of the TRD Pro Family: the Sequoia.

 

TRD Off-Road Trim for RAV4.

 

New Camry and Avalon Trims.

 

For the 2020 model year, Toyota has decided to put a greater emphasis on its TRD models and trims than ever before. But before we get to that, let’s define what TRD is in the first place. TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development, and it is, as the name would suggest, Toyota’s racing division. Trucks, cars, and even SUVs are modded out for everything from NASCAR to the Baja 1000.

Founded in 1976, TRD quickly arrived in the States in 1979. Since then, there has been a long tradition of victories for the TRD team. Recently, as of the writing of this article, Christopher Bell just placed second at NASCAR’s Xfinity series in his new Supra race car. While TRD has shown impressive results in racing, it also creates vehicles for everyday use.

Since the mid-90s, TRD has been creating special trims for vehicles such as the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and the 2019 Toyota 4Runner. Typically, these trims focus on performance either on the road or off. For example, the 2019 4Runner has an optional TRD Off-Road trim that adds special shocks, a skid plate, and a rear locking differential. The 2019 Tacoma, on the other hand, has a TRD Sport trim that adds special TRD styling, a standard V6 engine, and LED lights for better driving on the road.

The Tacoma and the 4Runner do not get all of the fun to themselves, though. The 2019 Toyota 86 also comes with a TRD trim. In contrast to its lower trim levels, the 2019 86 TRD gets cat-back exhausts for a fuller sound, 18 x 7.5-in. TRD alloy wheels, and unique styling. Clothed in a deep black with special yellow-orange-red accents, the 86 TRD Special Edition stands out. It is limited, however, to only 1,418 models.

The height of the TRD line is the TRD Pro model that is available on the Tacoma, the 4Runner, and the 2019 Toyota Tundra. After taking a year off in 2018, the 2019 Tundra returned to its TRD Pro roots, showing up in a beautiful Voodoo Blue color. In fact, the whole TRD Pro lineup arrives with a Voodoo Blue option that is not offered on any other vehicles in the Toyota lineup. Every year, the TRD Pro trims get a unique color that changes for each new model year, and for 2020, it will be Army Green.

Now, for the fun part. 2020 is set to be a great model year for all TRD trims as several new trims are added to vehicles that previously felt left out. For beginners, the 2020 Toyota Sequoia, built on the same platform as the Tundra, is joining the TRD Pro trim. While the current model of the Sequoia does have a TRD Sport trim, this is the first time the Sequoia will offer a TRD Pro option.

What does this mean for the Sequoia? It means it will not only get the TRD Pro-specific Army Green color, but it will also enjoy the unique mix of luxury and off-road capability that the TRD Pro trims offer. As CNET puts it in their preview, “The primary component of the Sequoia TRD Pro, and every TRD Pro vehicle for that matter, is a set of Fox off-road internal bypass shocks up front, which offer decent on-road behavior while firming up when the going gets rocky.” In addition to the shocks, there is also a skid plate added to the underside of the vehicle, and the headlights are upgraded to LED with LED fog lights included.

The 2020 Sequoia isn’t the only SUV getting a new TRD trim. Joining its larger sibling in the TRD fun, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 will be introducing a brand new TRD Off-Road trim. This will be replacing the previous Adventure trim in the RAV4 lineup, but don’t be too sad. The new TRD Off-Road trim is not here to simply replace the Adventure trim. As MotorTrend puts it, the TRD Off-Road trim “builds off the sporty Adventure trim in many ways.”

While the old Adventure trim was known for its styling, the 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road trim will carry on this tradition to new heights. Special leatherette seats come standard on the TRD Off-Road trim, and these seats get attractive red stitching. Unique TRD badging appears on everything from floor mats to the wheels themselves. Speaking of those wheels, the TRD Off-Road trim receives 18-in. black wheels that come with Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail all-terrain tires. Like many other TRD trims, the RAV4’s TRD Off-Road trim gains a higher clearance for better off-road performance.

The majority of TRD’s projects have involved SUVs and trucks, huh? Poor 86. It has no other cars to play with. That is, it currently doesn’t. That’s about to change. Toyota has announced that for the first time ever, the 2020 Camry and the 2020 Avalon will both have special TRD trims designed for performance. Don’t worry, 86. Friends are on the way.

For the 2020 model year, the Camry and Avalon will each gain new shock absorbers and coil springs for better handling. The TRD trim will also have a 0.6-in. lower ride height for better control. Both vehicles will come standard with the 3.5-liter V6 engine that is optional on other trims for both vehicles. This engine pulls up to the block with 301 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque.

For every ounce of power that the 2020 Camry and Avalon TRD models will receive, they will also enjoy an equal measure of aesthetics. Both vehicles will receive 19-in. black wheels with TRD badging. Special cat-back exhausts like the 86’s increase the engine’s purr, and TRD-branded red brake calipers pull the look together even further. Both cars will be offered in Supersonic Red, Windchill Pearl, Celestial Silver Metallic, and Midnight Black Metallic color options. Unique to the TRD trims is a special rear spoiler.

That’s a lot of new TRD trims coming soon. TRD has been proving itself for over forty years in the racing scene, and it now has over twenty years under its belt creating vehicles for the public. 2020 promises to be another great year for TRD models and for fans of both off-roading and on-road performance.

If you are interested in learning more about the upcoming 2020 TRD models, or if you would like to purchase a current TRD models, then you can visit us at 515 W Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. You can also call us at (260) 482-3730. We can’t wait to see you, just like we can’t wait to see the new 2020 TRD models.



Websites/Articles Mentioned (in order mentioned):

CNET 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro Preview: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2020-toyota-sequoia-trd-pro-chicago-auto-show/

MotorTrend 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road Preview: https://www.motortrend.com/news/2020-toyota-rav4-gains-trd-off-road-model/