The Toyota 4Runner lineup is growing as the company has introduced the new TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium variants.
Set to debut at the 10th Annual FJ Summit in Colorado, the 4Runner TRD Off-Road features a modestly revised exterior with TRD Off-Road badging on the C-pillar and special wheels with black painted accents. The body-on-frame SUV also boasts an updated cabin with "TRD Off-Road" branded floor mats and faux carbon fiber trim on the center console.
Moving up to the TRD Off-Road Premium doesn't reward buyers with much as the only change Toyota mentioned was the addition of red "TRD" badging on the front headrests.
The changes sound relatively minor but both variants are equipped with a Multi-Terrain Select system which allows the "driver to use a dial to select the mode that matches prevailing terrain and conditions, adjusting wheel slip accordingly." The SUVs also have an electronic-locking rear differential with a Crawl Control function that helps the vehicle maintain a constant speed when driving in challenging off-road conditions.
The 2017 4Runner TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium will be launched later this year and pricing will be announced closer to launch.
Gallery: 2017 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road Premium
Making the Grade: 2017 4Runner TRD Off-Road Joins TRD Line-Up
- New TRD Off-Road Premium Tops New Trim
- Two New Grades Make Debut at 10th Annual FJ Summit in Ouray, Colorado
OURAY, Colo. (July 21, 2016) – Adding to its impressive off-road credibility, the 2017 4Runner will be available in two new grades -- TRD Off-Road and TRD Off-Road Premium. Both grades offer distinctive TRD (Toyota Racing Development) branding to stand out anywhere a 4Runner can travel.
Since its introduction in 1984, the 4Runner’s body-on-frame architecture has enabled the SUV to traverse challenging terrain while comfortably transporting people and all the gear they need for their adventures.
For four decades, TRD has been racing off-road and that heritage is reflected in these new grades. The exterior of the TRD Off-Road 4Runner features black painted wheels and a unique TRD Off-Road badge on the C-pillar. Inside, the center console has a carbon fiber look and the floor mats feature the TRD Off-Road designation. The TRD Off-Road Premium 4Runner also adds “TRD” red lettering on the headrests for the driver and front passenger.
Under the rugged exterior of the Off-Road and Off-Road Premium grades, advanced capability is built into the 4Runner, including the Multi-Terrain Select system which allows the driver to use a dial to select the mode that matches prevailing terrain and conditions, adjusting wheel slip accordingly. The 4Runner lives up to its name with an electronic-locking rear differential and Toyota’s Crawl Control (CRAWL) feature. The latter helps maintain a constant speed, enhancing vehicle control when driving up and over obstacles in challenging off-road situations. With the transfer case shifted into low range, CRAWL regulates both engine speed and braking force to propel the vehicle forward or in reverse at one of the five driver-selectable low-speed settings. The driver can thus focus on steering over obstacles without having to also modulate the throttle or brake pedal.
Further off-road credentials include superior approach and departure angles, high ground clearance and available suspension upgrades. The available Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) facilitates extended wheel travel at slow speeds for greater off-road capability and stability. For example, on loose terrain such as mud and sand, more-than-normal wheel slip is permitted, allowing wheel-spin to work in the vehicle’s favor. The Mogul setting is for any extremely uneven terrain, such as V-ditches, slopes, and ridges -- uphill or down. In this mode, wheel slip is minimized and the system acts more like a limited slip differential.
“The 4Runner has a large and loyal following, with dependability being a key factor. Of all the 4Runners purchased in the last ten years, 90 percent are still on the road,” said John Myers, national manager, trucks and SUVs, Toyota Vehicle Marketing and Communications. “4Runner owners often take their SUVs off the beaten path, so these new TRD Off-Road grades will be a popular recognition of TRD’s history in the off-road arena.”
The 2017 4Runner will be available in six grades: SR5, SR5 Premium, TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, Limited, and TRD Pro. Pricing for all grades will be available prior to the 4Runner’s launch later this year.