Toyota refreshes 2018 Tundra and Sequoia with TRD Sport trim

Toyota's picked up on the idea that truck and ute buyers like to customize their vehicles a bit. The new Sequoia TRD offers that chance

The 2018 RAV4 compact crossover will get an Adventure trim option.

Aimed at families that put equal emphasis on performance and practicality, the 2018 Sequoia TRD Sport offers seating for seven, a choice of all-wheel or two-wheel drive configurations and a rather potent 5.7-liter V8 calling the shots.

Inside the Tundra and Sequoia, look for a new TRD shift knob and new floor mats; the Sequoia's cabin also benefits from door-sill protectors. This model's camouflaged front end makes it appear that the revisions will be far less comprehensive than the ones the truck received for 2014.

The rest of the Tundra lineup sees some modest updates as well, like a new mesh grille on some models and a billet-look design for others. We're also hearing some engine tweaks may be in the works.

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. A 5.7-liter V8 with 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque is standard on the Sequoia and optional on the Tundra.

While not as extreme as the Tundra TRD Pro, the Tundra TRD Sport does get a few performance enhancing goodies such as Bilstein shock absorbers and uprated TRD front and rear antiroll bars to sharpen handling.

The 2018 Tundra pickup and 2018 Sequoia SUV get exterior updates and added convenience and safety features. Inside, there's a TRD shift knob and TRD Sport floor mats. The large SUV also now has standard LED headlights, DRLs and foglamps.

Upgrades to the radiator, supplemental engine oil and transmission fluid coolers help the RAV4 Adventure push new limits in more extreme conditions.

For the exterior there's some swollen wheel arches, special 18-inch alloy wheels shod with 235/55 tyres, black details around the front including headlight clusters and fog light surrounds, some lower body guards, and roof racks.

From the mechanical stand, you will be offered with a front-wheel drive that uses a limited-slip differential as standard, but if you want to be prepared for situations where you could lose grip, then you will have to cough up extra money for all wheel drive.

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