Most SUV owners will not take their vehicles off-road, but Toyota is looking to change that with the new RAV4 TRD Off-Road at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. The new model is based on the Adventure grade available in the United States, but with a good helping of TRD parts inspired by its RAV4 rally car.

First up, there’s a dedicated suspension setup that is engineered to enhance body control and small-bump isolation to provide a smoother ride on rough trails/streets. The package includes red coil springs that are better focused for off-road duties, while the twin-tube shocks are revalved and carry new springs to improve rebound control.

Other add-ons include new bump stops to maximize compression direction wheel travel, as well as help improve body control over large bumps and dips. A set of flow-formed 18-inch TRD alloy wheels in matte black is also new here, and comes paired with a set of Falken Wildpeak A/T Trail all-terrain tyres.

The company says these tyres feature a unique tread pattern and compound developed specifically to TRD technical requirements, which includes a square shoulder design to protect against punctures,. They are also severe snow rated with open shoulder grooving to shed debris, mud and snow.

The RAV4 TRD Off-Road is available in a two-tone paintjob consisting of a Magnetic Grey Metallic body with Ice Edge roof, accented by dark grey front and rear lower fascias. Alternatives include Midnight Black or Lunar Rock, both available with the white roof, or Ruby Flare Pearl and Super White.

Inside, red accents are present throughout the cabin, which uses SofTex on the seat surfaces. The material is lighter than leather but highly durable, which is fitting for the rugged nature of the vehicle, including TRD all-weather floor mats. A good amount of TRD branding is also present, like the stitching on the front seat headrests.

No changes under the bonnet, with the Dynamic Force 2.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine delivering 203 hp and 249 Nm of torque. The mill is linked to an eight-speed Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission and Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive (TV-AWD) with Rear Driveline Disconnect.

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