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Electric Lime Taco: Toyota strengthens off-road muscle and style for 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro and Trail Edition trucks

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Toyota updates its TRD Pro Tacoma plus offers an updated Double Cab Trail Edition 4 × 4.

The new, updated TRD Pro Tacoma – and the updated Trail Edition 4 × 4 – perfect for overlanding adventures and off-road fun. For 16 years, Toyota has offered a variety of Tacoma trim levels and door configurations to appease the masses for the midsize truck market.

From two-door and four-door to its entry-level cabin with suicide doors, Toyota has maintained a stronghold in the adventure vehicle segment.

And this month, the Japanese automaker announced improvements to make the 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro and Trail Edition 4x4s even more powerful.

2022 Tacoma TRD Pro & Trail Edition 4 × 4 updates

New suspension lifts for demanding terrain

The 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro will feature TRD-tuned Fox internal bypass shocks combined with higher suspension travel – 1.5 “at the front and 0.5” at the rear. The Trail Edition, which is only available as a Double Cab, also lifts, but with only 1.1 inches at the front and 0.5 inches at the rear.

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The additional lift on both models gives off-road enthusiasts more leeway away from the asphalt when navigating difficult terrain or through situations without a fall.

Toyota has also improved the clearance angles on the new Tacoma TRD Pro over the previous year’s model. It now has an approach angle of 36.4 degrees, a take-off angle of 24.7 degrees and a tilt angle of 26.6 degrees. The Trail Edition Double Cab follows with an almost identical setup of 34 inches for the approach, 23.6 degrees for the departure angle and an improved 26.4 degree articulation angle.

In connection with the increased buoyancy, the Tacoma TRD Pro has new, machine-forged upper wishbones made of aluminum, developed by TRD, which round off the front. These give the setup additional strength and robustness.

The Tacoma Trail Edition now has a standard rear-axle limited-slip differential – an essential upgrade when the off-trail trails prove to be a challenge. In addition, the underrun protection plates, which are normally found on the Tacoma TRD Off-Road, now adorn the Trail Edition and offer additional underbody protection.

New look, new functions

2022 Toyota Tacoma Trail EditionCourtesy photo: Toyota

Both vehicle types are also given a fresh look and equipment. In the TRD Pro department, a new exclusive color, Electric Lime Metallic, joins the trio of existing TRD Pro colors for 2022. The Trail Edition 4 × 4 will also have a new color: Lunar Rock. Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic and Midnight Black Metallic are carried over to both vehicle models.

Toyota continues to repeat its name across its product line, but brings some changes with it. A new Toyota TRD Pro stamp in the back quarter more clearly delineates “TRD” and “Pro”, and other badges receive updates from the previous model year. All TRD Pro badges will remain black.

The Trail Edition accents will also be black, with a new badge adorning the tailgate. The rear bumpers also adapt to the exterior paintwork. Bronze-colored lettering accentuate the heritage-inspired front grille, which ties in with the bronze-colored wheel type.

Toyota TRD ProCourtesy photo: Toyota

With a width that is 0.5 inches wider, the Trail Edition wheels are now fitted with beefy Goodyear all-terrain tires. In conjunction with an intelligently designed, lockable bed storage system and a 120 V socket, the Tacoma Trail Edition is equipped for many future adventures.

Powerful drive and safety systems

Both the TRD Pro and Trail Edition Tacomas have a 3.5 liter V6 engine that produces 278 horsepower and 265 lb. ft. torque generated. Buyers can combine the V6 with either a six-speed manual or the six-speed automatic. The towing capacity for both models is 6,400 pounds.

Both models will have an 8-inch screen compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and include multiple security systems and cockpit convenience. The new Tacoma TRD Pro and Trail Edition models are sure to delight many off-road adventurers.

Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Trail Edition: prices, availability

The planned sales start of the 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro and the 2022 Tacoma Trail Edition is planned for this fall. Although Toyota has not yet published any prices, we assume that both models will increase in price from this model year onwards.

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