By Veeno Dewan
TORONTO, ON – Outdoor adventure for seven is about to go farther off the beaten path than ever with the 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show. With a chassis fortified by a TRD-tuned Fox shock absorber suspension, plus an array of proven off-road equipment specially designed or selected by Toyota Racing Development engineers.
The TRD Pro version comes standard with Multi-Mode 4WD, which is optional in other Sequoia grades. A preeminent maker of off-road suspension components, Fox Industries supplies special off-road performance tuned shock absorbers for the Sequoia.
One could never lose the 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro in the parking lot of an outdoor gear store. The TRD Pro “TOYOTA” grille leads the charge, flanked by LED headlights and, below, Rigid Industries LED fog lights. The Sequoia TRD Pro rolls on TRD 18 x 8-in. black BBS forged aluminum wheels wearing P275/65 R18 tires… A TRD front skid plate helps protect the front suspension and oil pan during trail driving, while cast aluminum running boards and a TRD roof rack enhance function, convenience and the adventurous attitude.
The TRD Pro cabin treatment mixes ready-to-get-dirty function with luxury, because there’s nothing wrong with a little comfort out on the trail. Black TRD Pro leather-trimmed seats with red contrast stitching and “TRD Pro” stitched into the front headrests are comfortable and durable, while TRD Pro all-weather floor mats add bring-it-on cabin protection.
Sequoia TRD Pro’s long roster of standard amenities include Smart Key with Push Button Start, 8-way power driver’s seat, power tilt/slide moonroof, and tri-zone automatic climate control with separate rear-seat controls. There’s no shortage of onboard music sources with the standard Premium Audio, which uses a high-resolution touchscreen display and includes Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™, Amazon Alexa compatibility™, AM/FM/HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, USB media port, plus Bluetooth hands-free phone capability and music streaming.
The Sequoia has only one engine option – a DOHC 5.7-litre i-FORCE V8, which uses regular-grade gasoline, produces 381-horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s teamed with a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. Compliant with the SAE J2807 towing standard, the Sequoia TRD Pro can tow up to 7,100 lbs. and features an integrated tow hitch, Driver-selectable Tow/Haul transmission mode and Trailer Sway Control. Speaking of Tundra TRD Pro, for 2020 it will be offered in both Double Cab and CrewMax.