In a move we’re surprised took this long, Toyota revealed a TRD Pro variant of the 2020 Sequoia at the Chicago Auto Show. The Windy City has long been a friend of Toyota’s TRD Pro lineup, and the fullsize Sequoia SUV’s TRD goodies and other updates should come as a nice surprise for SUV shoppers.
Very closely related to the Tundra pickup, the Sequoia TRD Pro receives a similar list of upgrades relative to its more on-road–focused siblings. Key among them are Fox 2.5-inch internal bypass front shocks and 2-inch Fox piggyback monotube rear shocks, paired to TRD-tuned front and rear springs for improved wheel travel and control over rough surfaces.
Those front Fox shocks are particularly sophisticated, with seven compression zones and two rebound zones, as well as an 18mm increase in rebound travel relative to the regular Sequoia’s shocks. The rear units feature 15mm-larger pistons and 3.2mm-larger shock rods, with bottom-out technology that increases damping force to reduce jounce in rough terrain.
As with its siblings, the Sequoia TRD Pro gets a standard 5.7L V-8 that makes a healthy 381 hp and 401 lb-ft, comparing favorably to the Chevrolet Tahoe’s standard 5.3L V-8. The off-road Sequoia also gets standard Multi-Mode 4WD, with a low-range transfer case and Torsen limited-slip center differential joining forces with the automatic limited-slip rear diff that comes standard on every other Sequoia.
Outside, the big SUV sets itself apart thanks to a new TOYOTA-script grille similar to other TRD Pro models, standard Rigid LED foglights, forged aluminum 18-inch wheels by BBS, and 32-inch all-terrain tires. Black badging provides a sinister reminder of what’s under the skin. A front skidplate provides some protection, but it’s a far cry from the seven separate skidplates that come standard on the Ford Expedition FX4.
The Sequoia TRD Pro will be available in trim-exclusive Army Green, as well as Super White, Midnight Black Metallic, and Magnetic Gray Metallic. Inside, standard black leather gets unique red stitching and “TRD Pro” headrest embroidery. All-weather floor mats and a power moonroof add some luxury and utility, and the TRD Pro will be updated along with the rest of the 2020 Sequoia lineup to include a high-resolution 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and Android Auto functionality. Also standard will be Toyota Safety Sense P, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, and adaptive cruise control.
The Sequoia TRD Pro will be rated to tow up to 7,100 pounds, which is a bit low for a fullsize SUV but should still be enough to lug the kids and their toys to the nearest OHV park. With all seats in place, expect 18.9 cubic feet of cargo room, expanding to 66.6 cubes with the rear bench stowed or 120.1 with the middle-row captain’s chairs folded.
Pricing for the 2020 Sequoia TRD Pro has yet to be announced. But the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro costs $49,645 before options and destination, and Sequoias seem to cost about $10,000 more than their pickup siblings. We certainly hope the Sequoia TRD Pro will be substantially less than $60,000, but if the formula holds true, it could cost even more than that. Nevertheless, that price would be competitive with the cheapest Expedition FX4 option, which starts at $62,395 before destination. That would make the Tahoe LT Z71 the loss leader of the group, at $57,850.
Still, we do predict the Sequoia TRD Pro to be the off-road champion of the three, offering a more sophisticated shock and spring package and the weight of Toyota’s Baja heritage on its shoulders. Even with a new infotainment package, its interior is still dated, but die-hard off-road families might be able to look past it if the 2020 Sequoia TRD Pro is a strong performer when the going gets rough.