Toyota just came out with a comprehensive set of upgrades for its 2014 Tundra full-size truck for the 2014 model year, including bolder, blockier exterior styling and a tech-laden interior. However, that hasn’t stopped the Japanese brand from introducing an all-new, off-road-ready Tundra variant for 2015, lovingly called the Tundra TRD Pro Series (TRD stands for Toyota Racing Development).
The Pro Series model reaches deep into Toyota’s TRD parts catalog to create a truck akin to Ford’s F-150 Raptor and other sport trucks like the RAM Runner and upcoming Chevy Reaper. Visually, the TRD model gets an exclusive grille featuring FJ Cruiser-style block lettering, plus a functional front skid plate, exclusive wheels wrapped in off-road tires, and unique red stitching and accents for the interior.
Moving further in the area of performance, Toyota has installed reduced-rate springs with an extra 2 inches of lift, plus remote-reservoir Bilstein high-performance shocks and a TRD dual exhaust. An exclusive Inferno Orange paint shade lets you know this truck means business. A 5.7-liter, 381-horsepower V8 once again puts power to the road through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The TRD Pro Series Tundra will likely carry a price premium of around $3,000 or $4,000 when the 2015 Tundra hits the market later in 2014. The current 2014 model 5.7-liter, the engine you really want in this full-sizer, starts from around $32,000 while the base SR5 model retails from $26,200.