At the unveiling of the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma one member of the lineup was missing – the TRD PRO edition. While Toyota showed off two different TRD offerings, there was no mention of the ultimate TRD PRO. What does the future look like for the TRD PRO? Is it dead, a one-year wonder? Maybe. Maybe not.
Last year, when Toyota unveiled an entirely new lineup of TRD PRO models, the buzz was palpable as the color and list of off-road equipment polarized fans. Critics downplayed the upgrades and said aftermarket parts were cheaper and could do the same job. Fans said they loved the look and how they could buy a stock off-road truck specially tuned off the dealer lot.
Without the announcement of the TRD PRO at the NAIAS show, we wondered which side was right. Did they not sell enough and discontinued the one-year experiment? Or did fans buy them and Toyota simply ran out of time to get the truck ready for the Detroit Auto Show? We asked several Toyota engineers and learned the latter is the case. Toyota WILL build a new TRD PRO for the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma, they just ran out of time to get everything tuned in.
Before critics decry the lack of time reason, remember that the 2016 Toyota Tacoma they showed was far from finished as well. For example, there were many little details Toyota was still working on like the hood latch release. This release was laying on the carpet and slid between the shoe laces of off-road driver Rod Millen who had trouble exiting the truck.
Also remember, Toyota aims for perfection and they also needed something to show off at future auto shows. Our guess is that they will release a new TRD PRO model at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. Stay tuned for more information as we get it.