Toyota Teases ‘New Off-Road Rigs’ For The 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Toyota has three off-roaders lined up for the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, which opens in two weeks from now, on February 8.

However, nothing is known about them so far, except that they’re the “next batch of trail-ready four-wheels”, but zooming in on the picture that accompanies the announcement reveals the 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra.

This probably means that all three vehicles have received some off-road enhancements, as part of what could be an updated TRD Pro Series Accessories package. Depending on the selected model, the package currently includes special shock absorbers, tuned front springs, skid plates, exhaust system, unique alloy wheels, floor mats, and shift knobs.

If this turns out to be the case, then expect to see the Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner, equipped with their potentially updated TRD Pro Series features, in showrooms in the coming months.

Later on, Toyota might bring back the FJ Cruiser, after “getting a lot of requests” from customers, according to the brand’s North America CEO, Jim Lentz. The official talked to MotorTrend in Detroit last week, confirming that “there’s room for an authentic small off-road SUV”, which would be “frame-based”.

Believed to have been previewed by the FT-4X and FT-AC studies, the vehicle should slot under the 4Runner, to rival the new generation Jeep Wrangler.

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  • LWOAP

    Land Cruiser TRD Pro?

    Naaah, who am I kidding? That’s not happening.

  • PhilMcGraw

    I was hoping that they would give us the new 4runner, but in that picture the 4runner looks pretty much the same.

    However, the prospect of a dedicated off-road vehicle to slot it under the 4runner seems like a promising aspect.

    • cargeniuass

      I really hope if they redesign the new 4runner they do something better with the engine and trans.

  • Well there is market for stylish 4×4 in US, I can’t see why don’t they making that in USA.

    Meanwhile the rest of the world can still get Land Cruiser Series 70.

  • john1168

    These aren’t much of teasers… They look like the same vehicles from far away to me… I think it’s time to ditch the old 5 speed auto and maybe update to an 8 or 9 speed. Direct injection would be good too to help with torque and efficiency. I might be interested in the 4 Runner if they did these upgrades.

  • Afar

    Nice scenery…!

    Oh are those trucks…? They look good from afar, but far from good… 🙂

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