The 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro 4×4 – Promoted in the distinctive Inferno (orange) color palette – looks really good in the Super White. That is our opinion based on ride and drives in both colors and the attention this special TRD factory-direct equipped Tundra 4×4 received on the road in each case.
When Toyota introduced the new factory direct Toyota Racing Development (TRD) performance packages for the 2015 Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks along with the 4Runner mid-size SUV, they showed them in the bold – in your face – Inferno color with the mention that they would be also available in Black and Super White.
These TRD Pro factory direct packages mark the first time that the extensive line of TRD performance parts (formerly aftermarket only) can be ordered on a new vehicle as part of a special edition that includes a number of factory installed parts unique to each vehicle plus -when combined with other TRD performance accessories included – make each a seriously bold and aggressive off-road vehicle. It made sense that the promoted color be also bold and aggressive, hence the Inferno palette.
The initial media drives of the new TRD Pro line of trucks and SUV’s was done in vehicles in the Inferno color so when we had a chance to take a 2015 Tundra TRD Pro CrewMax in Super White for a week recently, we grabbed it. Wrapped in the more refined Super White, the special style and performance elements unique to the TRD Pro, make this truck look subtly bolder by shifting focus to those style and functional elements – and away from the body color.
We liked it and – as we drove around the area – we heard from many that they would be more likely to buy the 2015 Tundra TRD Pro in the Super White instead of the Inferno color.
All of the new TRD Pro series vehicles (trucks and SUV) will come from the factory with a distinctive unique Toyota front grille that is reminiscent of earlier iconic Toyota models plus TRD Bilstein shocks, tuned front springs, floor mats, shift knobs and black wheels. A specific aluminum front skid plate for each vehicle will have the TRD logo boldly stamped on them.
Tundra TRD Pro details
The 2015 Tundra TRD Pro is a 4×4 only with an on-demand electronically controlled four-wheel drive system featuring 4×2, 4×4 HI and 4×4 LO ranges. For control on or off-road, the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is integrated with Traction Control (TRAC) to enhance wheel grip in all conditions. The Automatic Limited-Slip (Auto LSD) further aids performance in deep sand, mud or mixed-friction surfaces.
A driver selectable mode control gives the driver a choice of Normal, VSC, TRAC or Auto-LSD functions to maximize performance of the Tundra.The Automatic Limited-Slip (Auto LSD) further aids performance in deep sand, mud or mixed-friction surfaces. A driver selectable mode control gives the driver a choice of Normal, VSC, TRAC or Auto-LSD functions to maximize performance of the Tundra.
The Tundra comes with TRD branded springs with 2-inch front lift and a tuned spring rate to improve ride on harsh roads, 18-inch black alloy 5-spoke wheels with Michelin LTX AT2 P275/65/R18 off-road tires and a TRD dual exhaust in stainless steel that delivers a unique and appropriate throaty rumble.
Other features include the TRD Pro quarter panel bed stamping, unique interior color seating with red stitching and TRD Pro logo stitched into upper back rest, a special instrument panel ornament insert, plus the TRD shift knob and floor mats.
The off-road capability provided by the 2-inch lift allows the TRD Bilstein shocks an additional 1.4-inches of wheel travel front and 1.5-inches rear bolstered by larger pistons and shafts and using a ‘piggy back’ remote hydraulic reservoir. The outboard staggered mounting of the shocks further aids the ride dampening efficiency.
The 2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro 4×4 comes with the 5.7L i-Force V8 engine (replaces the standard 4.6L V8) – producing 381 horsepower with 401 lb.-ft. of torque delivered to the 4×4 drive train by the 6-speed automatic transmission. It is fuel economy rated at 13/17 mpg City/Highway.
Though aimed at off-road use, the Tundra TRD Pro can tow up to 9,800 pounds when equipped with the Special Tow Package and rear springs that help provide a level full-load rear suspension height. Importantly, an Integrated Brake Controller (previously omitted) provides additional control of loads under tow.
Pricing for the 2015 Tundra TRD Pro 4×4 is $41,285 for the Double Cab and $43,900 for the CrewMax. Toyota says that delivery and handling is another $1,100.
If orange (Inferno) is your color and in your face is your thing, go for it. But, if you want to be a bit more conservative and still every bit as bold and aggressive – go with Super White or the Black.
TRD performance parts now available for earlier model years
Toyota Racing Development (TRD) has been delivering excitement in Professional motorsports racing and retail performance parts for 35 years including accessories, wheels, exhausts, suspension parts, brakes, superchargers, body kits and more.
Now, owners of earlier model year Tundra, Tacoma or 4Runner vehicles will also be able to add a range of these items to their existing off-road vehicle. Toyota has launched a new and expanded TRD accessory website where owners can go to see what is available for their earlier model year Tundra, Tacoma or 4Runner. Toyota advises that TRD performance parts are available for Tundra (2007 through 2015), Tacoma (2005-2015) and 4Runner (2010-2015). The website is live now and there is a tab on the home page that allows owners to enter their vehicle and model year in order to identify which parts are available from TRD for their model year truck or SUV.