The current generation of the world’s best-selling crossover has been around for a while and the latest reports suggest a mid-cycle update for the next year. The sales numbers are better than even but the Japanese manufacturer wants more and that’s why many believe this could be an opportunity to see another new version of the car. In 2020, the company introduced the TRD Off-Road trim, with a couple of off-road upgrades. This time, the company could go even further, with the 2023 Toyota RAV4 TRD Pro, reports say.
If this going to happen, then we may expect an even better off-road performance. We would expect to see a few more mechanical upgrades, as well as a couple of exclusive, TRD Pro signature styling details, which would emphasize the model’s off-road character. On the other hand, things under the hood probably wouldn’t change too much.
We expect that the 2023 Toyota RAV4 TRD Pro could come along with the rest of the lineup, sometime in the second half of 2022.
2023 Toyota RAV4 TRD Pro Design
When it comes to base design characteristics, the new 2023 Toyota RAV4 TRD Pro trim would come with the same overall design as the rest of the lineup. The current generation has been around since 2018 and it will receive a facelift for the next year. For this occasion, we expect to see mostly visual updates. One of the first things that come to mind is the front end, which would come with some revisions of the areas like the grille, headlights, front bumper etc. The rear end could come with some novelties as well but we believe that, in both cases, these changes would be rather subtle, and wouldn’t bring anything radical.
Of course, we would expect to see typical updates like new wheels and color options as well. On the other hand, the mechanical aspect of the vehicle would remain largely the same, except for the 2023 RAV4 TRD Pro model, which would come with a couple of interesting upgrades.
2023 Toyota RAV4 TRD Pro Features
This particular version would come with a lot of upgrades and exclusive features. One of the first things that come to mind is the upgraded suspension. We would expect to see something like Bilstein or FOX shocks, though not as rugged as those found in 4Runner TRD Pro for example. Along with new shocks, we would expect to see higher ground clearance, probably around 9 inches. We presume that the new version would come with some kind of mode selector, which would allow you to change traction controls depending on the surface. A two-speed transfer case also sounds quite possible.
Besides mechanical upgrades, the 2023 Toyota RAV4 TRD Pro would also come with a couple of unique styling details, which would emphasize its off-road character. Some of the things that come to mind are unique grille patterns, TRD Pro badging, unique wheels and lots of TRD Pro-exclusive accessories.
The upcoming mid-cycle update could bring a couple of interior tweaks as well. One of the things that come to mind first is an updated infotainment system, with more contemporary software and a larger touchscreen. Furthermore, we would expect to see things like new color schemes, nicer materials and more standard equipment.
In the case of the 2023 Toyota RAV4 TRD Pro interior, these versions usually come in a completely black interior, so the new one shouldn’t be an exception. Of course, there is a lot of room for exclusive TRD Pro badging – on seats, gear shifter, dashboard etc.
2023 Toyota RAV4 TRD Pro Engines
The 2023 Toyota RAV4 TRD Pro shouldn’t bring surprises under the hood. So, you may count on a well-known 2.5-liter gasoline engine, which puts out around 203 horsepower, which is enough to ensure decent acceleration and overall performance. The engine comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which does a pretty fine job as well. Of course, it would send power to all wheels in this case.
Hybrid versions of this version are possible too. Of course, things would look pretty familiar. The standard hybrid version would come with a familiar setup with a max output of 220 horsepower. On the other hand, the plug-in hybrid version puts out over 300 horsepower and also offers 42 miles of the all-electric range. Unlike the gasoline version that comes with an automatic transmission, both hybrids use a CVT gearbox.
Release Date and Price
As we already mentioned, the 2023 Toyota RAV4 TRD Pro should come along with the rest of the lineup, sometime in the second half of 2022. We still don’t know the price, but we estimate something like 38.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, models like Subaru Forester Wilderness seem like possible rivals.