CHICAGO -- Toyota, aiming for a bigger slice of a robust light-truck market, is targeting outdoor and performance enthusiasts with new trims for the Tundra full-size pickup, Sequoia large SUV, and RAV4 crossover.
The big Toyota pickup and SUV, which share a platform, are also receiving a mild freshening.
For the 2018 model year, both the Tundra and the Sequoia get new Toyota Racing Development sport versions with sharper looks and suspension upgrades, Toyota said at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday.
In addition, all 2018 Tundras and Sequoias receive new styling elements, convenience features and standard safety equipment, including Toyota Safety Sense-P, which includes automatic emergency braking, Toyota said.
Bill Fay, Toyota’s general manager, said the new TRD Sport packages for the Tundra and the Sequoia focus on improving on-road driving dynamics. They join a family of TRD products, the off-road package and the extreme off-road TRD Pro models offered on the Tundra and the midsize Tacoma pickup.
“With superior on-road driving performance, our engineers at TRD worked closely with Bilstein to develop Sport 2 shocks. Next they reduced body roll by adding beefier TRD front and rear sway bars. And finally, they topped them off by pairing them with distinct 20-inch wheel and tire packages,” Fay said.