Did the new images of the 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison with its optional aftermarket snorkel make you a little jealous? Don't be. If you are a Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro fan, you too can get a big honkin' snorkel for your TRD Pro. And unlike GM's Bison, you can order it directly from Toyota. But only if you live in certain areas.
Despite the cool Youtube videos you see online of off-roaders driving underwater with snorkels, the real intended use for them is for operating in very dusty areas. That is why Toyota's snorkel option is called the "Desert Air Intake Package." Our image above should give you the general idea, but these things elevate the air intake above the dust you are going to kick up while out hooning around in the dunes.
The optional snorkel appears in the "pakages" listing if you configure your Tacoma TRD Pro online, but only if you input a zip code that is near a desert. We tried putting in a Massachusetts zip code and it does not show up. However, you can edit the zip code listed and we used one for Arizona. Bingo! There it is for the fair price of $725. That includes installation. Chevy's off-road partner, Automotive Expedition Vehicles(AEV) charges $459 for its kit (without labor). Looking at the install video, it seems like a very good deal to have Toyota or its local dealer do all the fender cutting and A-Pillar drilling.
If you are going to go out and get all dusty, that beauty of a truck is going to need a good bath afterward. Be sure you have a bucket and a hose at your house because Toyota states that the Desert Air Intake can't be used in an automatic car wash. Doing so even voids the vehicle's warranty. Look closely at the fine print note 28 for that tidbit.
Story Note: Hat Tip To TFL Trucks for this story idea.