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.

more photos...

    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… 🙂

Connectivity Upgrades Raise 2020 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Prices By $530

The 2020 NV200 cargo van gains a new 7-inch touchscreen interface with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM Radio.

Kia Admits Stinger Successor Is In Doubt As Sales Didn’t Live Up To Expectations

The sports saloon was always going to be a halo car for Kia, yet they believed it would be successful at least in the U.S. – and that didn’t happen.

G-Power Pumps Up The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe To 789 HP

Thanks to new turbochargers and software, plus a few other parts, Merc’s super SUV benefits from a significant increase in power.

Semi-Truck Carrying 44,000 Lbs Of Nutella Crashes In Michigan

Good thing the chocolate delight was in jars and not liquid form, or that highway would probably be closed to traffic for more than 2.5 hours .

McLaren Speedtail Build Slot Pops Up For Sale At $5.5 Million

Production of the 1,035 HP hyper GT is limited to 106 units worldwide, so it’s to be expected for flippers to exploit this to the fullest.

Have A Listen At The Tesla Model 3’s Pedestrian Warning Sound

Tesla’s new noisemaker for the Model 3 actually makes two sounds, one for going forward and one for reverse, and they’re (fittingly) futuristic.

California And 22 Other States Sue U.S. Government Over Auto Emissions Standards

The war between the Trump administration, who revoked states’ rights to set their own standards, and state officials is escalating.

Mercedes Is Asking $53k For 22,000-Mile 1982 S-Class In Showroom Condition

Currently residing at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, this classic S-Class has undergone a thorough restoration by the company itself and is accompanied by all documents and invoices .

2020 Opel/Vauxhall Astra Leaves A Good Chunk Of Its GM Legacy Behind

The styling changes are minor, but the revamped Astra gets an all-new, PSA-derived engine lineup that should help it keep up with its rivals.

Toyota Land Cruiser Celebrates 10 Million Units Sold Since 1951

Toyota’s iconic off-roader has been on sale for 68 years now, with the latest generation being available in 170 markets worldwide.