Toyota Tundra, Sequoia Refreshed, Debut New TRD Sport Trim

At the Chicago Auto Show today Toyota launched an all-new trim package for the Tundra full-sized pickup truck. The TRD doodads are in addition to the across-the-board aesthetic updates across the board for 2018 Tundra and Sequoia models, along with advanced safety features that now come standard.

For the latest iterations of its Tundra, Sequoia and RAV4 models, Toyota has looked to the track, as well as off the beaten track for inspiration.

All the new models and trims will hit dealerships in September.

Inside, the Toyota Tundra TRD Sport also gets unique floor mats and a TRD shifter knob. Otherwise, SR and SR5 grades will make due with halogen headlights with a black bezel and the previously mentioned LED Daytime Running Lights.

While not quite as involved or as impressive as the TRD Pro treatment available for other models, the Toyota Sequoia and Tundra will henceforth benefit from a TRD Sport option pack. Aiding driving performance will be the TRD Sport Tuned Bilstein Shocks and TRD front & rear anti-sway bars. Both come in 4x4 or 4x2, though most buyers will take the former, with a 5.7-liter V-8 engine. It looks the part with a monochromatic appearance outside, a hood scoop, model-exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels, and a mesh grille.

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Toyota also introduced a TRD Sport packages for the Tundra pickup and Sequoia large SUV.

Also like the Tundra, the Sequoia comes better prepared as a 2018MY vehicle, featuring updated active safety features like PCS w/PD, LDA, AHB and DRCC.

Visual updates include a new front grille and bumper inserts, metallic black mirror caps, 20-inch alloy wheels, darkened rear taillight housing, and distinctive badging. Inside, the Sequoia TRD Sport gets TRD Sport floor mats, shift knob and sill protectors. Also new is the updated center console and redesigned gauge cluster, which gets a Multi-Information Display screen.

The 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport will be offered with both 4×2 and 4×4 powertrain configurations, as well as CrewMax and DoubleCab body styles.

Helping the RAV4 Adventure tow with confidence is trailer sway control and hill-start assist.

  • Delia Davidson