Toyota Tacoma sports lots of new tech features at Chicago Auto Show

2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro

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There are 2020 TRD Pro models of the 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia, as well as a TRD Off Road package for the RAV4.

It was about time, especially since Jeep and Ford are angling for a place at the mid-size pickup truck table.

The 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro setup includes internal bypass Fox shocks with progressive damping that Toyota claims will combine a smooth ride with the stiffness necessary for off-road driving.

A number of Toyota's 2020 models are set to get AirPlay as standard. Inside, a new 10-way power adjustable driver seat with power lumbar support adds comfort on all grades SR5 and up. Other non-TRD variants also get the Apple and Android systems, but the screen sizes will vary, claims Toyota.

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Changes to the Tacoma are in fact more than skin deep, although Toyota does mention that most versions boast a new grille design and new alloy wheels. It gets LED headlights and daytime running lights, along with a new grill which ditches the old look of "Toyota" sprawled across. There's also a substantial TRD front skid plate to protect both the suspension pieces and the oil pan from errant boulders and wildlife that might get caught under the gargantuan front end.

Engines are unchanged over last year's models.

The Tacoma is available in extended- and crew-cab configurations. This engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

The Tacoma TRD Pro comes standard with 4WDemand part-time 4-wheel drive with an electronically controlled transfer case and an electronically controlled locking rear differential. The TRD Pro comes only with four-wheel drive while the TRD Sport exclusively sends power to the rear wheels.

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The TRD off-road suspension system has been created to enhance body control and smooth drivability on trails and rough urban roads.

Toyota has given its Tacoma some upgrades for 2020 to make it more competitive with rivals like the brand-new Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator.

The midsize pickup truck segment is no happy place to be in, so for the 2020 Tacoma to compete, Toyota had to play the add-on card. Beneath the new-generation RAV4's bolder design, the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA-K) platform provides an ideal base for TRD's renowned go-anywhere capability and style.

Look for the 2020 Tacoma to arrive in dealerships later this year with pricing to be announced prior to the on-sale date.

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