A new generation Toyota Tacoma is on the way to replace the one introduced eight years ago. Expected as a 2024 model, this fourth version of the Japanese mid-size pickup will have a lot to do, as its main competitors are also being updated – the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon for 2023 and the Ford Ranger for 2024.
The official launch will take place on May 19, as the automaker has taken advantage of the last few weeks to reveal its new Tacoma sedan. Here’s what we know about it so far…
Design and chassis
Earlier this year, black and white prints that were part of the patent application were leaked on canvas. It showed off a vehicle that looks almost identical to the current Tacoma, but borrows some design elements from the new Tundra, such as the headlights and taillights.
Other photos, this one provided by Toyota, show the name “TRD Pro” stamped in large letters on the tailgate. Other, less powerful versions may display “Tacoma” instead.
Technically, the future Tacoma will adopt a version of the Toyota TNGA-F architecture, which is also employed by the Tundra and Sequoia. Expect a new rear suspension that improves comfort and handling.
There is no doubt that the 2024 Tacoma will continue to offer conventional mechanics, but the return of the 3.5-liter V6 (278 horsepower, 268 lb-ft) has not yet been confirmed. Persistent rumors suggest that it will be replaced by a turbocharged four-cylinder. Note that the rivals mentioned in the introduction only rely on four cylinders now, with the exception of the new Raptor version of the Ranger.
That said, we do know that an “i-FORCE MAX” hybrid variant of the Tacoma is coming. That name is currently reserved for the optional hybrid powertrain in the Tundra, which offers 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque. Such figures would certainly be exaggerated for Tacoma. It’s possible that Toyota will drop them with a naturally aspirated, non-turbocharged V6. Another option is for the hybrid system in question to be based on a four-cylinder turbo, such as the Toyota Crown (340 horsepower) and Grand Highlander (362 horsepower). However, for these two models, it is called “hybrid MAX”.
Toyota also tells us that a six-speed manual transmission will remain on the menu, a move that sets the Tacoma apart from most competitors. As for the six-speed automatic, it can be replaced by a 10-speed Tundra. Having.
Toyota also announced the addition to the lineup of a model called “Trailhunter”, designed specifically for off-road enthusiasts and tourists (on the ground) This suggests that it will go further than the Tacoma TRD Pro, with more durability as well as unique parts and accessories.
The image also allows us to see a special ARB rear bumper including strong attachments to pull the rest of the vehicle off the wrong step.
Finally, the technology on board the truck will be enhanced in several ways. Toyota’s new multimedia system is one of them, but let’s also highlight equipment such as the JBL FLEX sound system with an optional removable speaker.
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