Updates, trim levels for Sequoia, Tundra, RAV4

Posted February 11, 2017

This year's Chicago Auto Show is all about new niche products, and Toyota has a gaggle of them to show off: rugged yet lavishly equipped versions of three of its popular light truck lines.

The Japanese automaker rolled out sportier trim levels for the RAV4, Sequoia and Tundra on Thursday that clearly were meant to align with the company's "let's go places" tagline. The most notable bit of news is a new TRD Sport trim to up the Tundra's performance and visual appearance a smidge.

The TRD Sport trim is available on the Tundra CrewMax and Double Cab body styles powered by the 5.7-liter, 381-horsepower V8.

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Targeting the "active lifestyle" buyer, Toyota will offer the RAV4 Adventure with either a front-wheel drivetrain with an automatic limited-slip differential or an all-wheel-drive system with dynamic torque control.

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 Adventure gets a Tow Prep Package with upgraded radiator and supplemental engine oil and transmission fluid coolers and a raised suspension.

Pricing is not yet available on the 2018 RAV4 Adventure, but Toyota expects to have it in showrooms in September 2017.

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The exterior styling is complemented with interior features that include a TRD shift knob and TRD Sport floor mats. A wide black stripe has been added to the hood and 18-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels with a black finish are standard. The packages add some model-specific styling elements, as well as Bilstein shocks and TRD front and rear anti-sway bars to improve handling. But that's ok I'm still optimistic.When I'm not behind the laptop writing I'm on the streets and auto shows admiring all stuff rolling on four wheels being propelled with a petrol engine!

The Sequoia also gets a new front bumper and grille as well as black 20-inch alloy wheels, darkened taillight cases and black badging. The Adventure grade also includes Trailer Sway Control and Hill-Start Assist Control.

Optional extras that can be specified for the 2018 RAV4 Adventure include: heat/power fabric front row seats and a heated steering wheel.

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There are other changes for the 2018 Toyota Tundra, too.