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Chicago 2019: A TRD Off Road version of the 2020 Toyota RAV4

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For the Toyota brand, the Chicago Auto Show this year was defined largely by the TRD letters. Several specially decked-out versions of Toyota models are on display, including the Tacoma TRD and the Sequoia TRD. These editions feature a more dynamic appearance but are also modified to make them more capable in off-roading situations.

Now the brand’s most popular model is getting the TRD treatment. Although we’re not talking here about a TRD Pro version of the RAV4, the SUV has gotten elements that will make it a better performer on rugged terrain.

The RAV4 TRD Off Road is based on the model’s Adventure trim. It’s fitted with a four-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring control that can send 50% of the engine’s power to the rear wheels, but also distribute more torque to the left- or right-side back wheels depending on the situation. This is extremely effective for optimizing road grip in tough conditions.

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A mode known as Multi-Terrain Select allows the driver to adjust traction to fit the road surface; other functions include hill start assist control, trailer sway control and downhill assist control.

The TRD Off Road also gets different shocks that provide a higher ground clearance for navigating terrain with bigger obstacles. Exclusive 18-inch wheels fitted with Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail all-terrain tires are designed to enable tackling trails too rough for the regular RAV4.

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Esthetically, the appearance of the TRD Off Road edition closely tracks that of the RAV4 Adventure, except that it gets an exclusive two-tone colour scheme mixing metallic grey body colour with a white roof. Mechanically, the engine is the same 2.5L 4-cylinder unit (203 hp) as found in the regular RAV4

The TRD Off Road version of the Toyota RAV4 will be arriving at dealership in the fall of 2019 as a 2020 model. Prices will be announced closer to launch.

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