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It was just a matter of time when will Toyota expand the TRD Pro lineup. Another question now has an answer – Sequoia is the new member of the elite off-road team. Besides this SUV, Toyota also offers 4Runner, and two trucks – Tacoma and Tundra. The full-size model is now becoming more interesting and we will see which companies can respond to this challenge. The 2020 Toyota Sequoia after the redesign and by adding the TRD Pro is probably the SUV you need to watch next year.
Well, it is not all about the new package. This model was one of the best-selling before the redesign. Now, the 2020 Toyota Sequoia has a new trim, but the most luxurious offer is Platinum. Its price is neat the premium class. Under the hood of the big rig remains the 5.7-liter V8 engine. A very thirsty unit will provide enough power for on and off-road adventures. The base setup remains the 8-seat interior, but the Sequoia could be turned into 7-seater SUV.
2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro Features and Options
The new 2020 Toyota Sequoia will go through the redesign, but only for the TRD Pro model. This package is going to refresh the appearance of this aging SUV. We don’t know why Toyota is waiting so long with new generations of their full-size models. All three, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, and premium Lexus LX 570 are ready for a huge redesign and modernization. Well, a portion of upgrades comes with TRD Pro suite. But, this is only a cosmetic addition to the existing model. Unlike the 4Runner, the 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro will keep a three-row layout with seating for eight persons. There is a ton of space inside of the cabin.
But, the real deal for this model is happening in the drivetrain system. Fox shocks are making difference for the all-new suspension. Also, there are unique TRD Pro skid plates as protectors to this SUV. Engineers are tuning springs for the best performance off the road. BBS wheels are carrying all-terrain tires. At the rear end is the cat-back exhaust.
Mighty V8 Specifications
The TRD Pro package is cool, but the heart of the 2020 Toyota Sequoia is a 5.7-liter V8 engine. This unit can respond to any off-road challenge by making 380 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard and the SUV is offering a 2WD for the base setup. Of course, 4WD is also available (it would be strange to make the off-road model without 4×4). Towing capacity is only 7,500 pounds. In this segment, it is normal to get over 8,500 lbs. But, the Japanese company was focused on versatility, rather than hauling capability. On the other hand, this engine is very thirsty, returning barely 15 mpg combined. TRD Pro will drop this rating to 13 mpg.
Interior Redesign, Cargo Space, Accessories
Sequoia is a spacious SUV with 120 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. Of course, this is the number we get when all seats are folded. Power-folding option is available for the third row. Behind the second row there are 66 cubic feet of space, and with all seats up, 19 cu.ft. There is room for eight passengers. If you boost the comfort by replacing the middle bench with captain chairs, the 2020 Toyota Sequoia will become a 7-seater SUV. A power liftgate is standard in some trim levels.
With the arrival of the TRD Pro, we have a totally new set of accessories and features available for upgrade. But, these items will be available only as a package. Standard SR5 offer includes three-zone climate, moonroof, and side curtain airbags. TRD Sport is a lighter off-road SUV with some stylish upgrades. This version cuts one seating place. Premium audio is also a notable upgrade. Limited Edition of the Sequoia brings heated front seats and parking sensors at both ends, while the Platinum is the most exclusive package with the rear-seat entertaining system, ventilated first row buckets, and JBL audio.
The Most Important Upgrade – Android Auto
For the next season, the infotainment system for some Toyota vehicles will get serious upgrades. We expect the new generation of Enform multimedia. But, it will happen in 2021. Next year, the Japanese company is adding Android Auto. Apple CarPlay is already there since 2018. So, finally, smartphone connectivity is getting serious services for the 2020 Toyota Sequoia.
2020 Toyota Sequoia Release Date, Price
Details about the TRD Pro package are already here, so it is just a matter of time when will Toyota launch its largest SUV. The base edition and other trim levels will come along without delay. The entry-level price is just under $50k. Limited adds around $10k, and Limited $20,000. The 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro will be somewhere between, and probably closer to the more expensive version.