Tuesday, May 21, 2024
NewsToyota confirms the hybrid option in the next Tacoma

Toyota confirms the hybrid option in the next Tacoma

  • More information will be available this year.

  • Toyota will most likely offer a few drivetrain options instead of just one.

  • The new model will be inspired by the recent Tundra.


 

In the mid-size pickup segment, the Toyota Tacoma is an aging model, but still popular amongst fans of more reasonably sized pickups. But with the recent or upcoming renewal of some competitors – think of the General Motors’s duo, the Nissan Frontier or even the Ford Ranger, which will be renewed for 2024 – Toyota’s own pickup must also move on to the next generation.

And that’s exactly what Toyota USA did today, publishing this photo of the tailgate of the next version of the truck. We understand that this is the next TRD Pro version, as the tailgate gets the same signature bump as on the Tundra pickup. The taillight treatment is also new, while you can also spot that little “i-FORCE MAX” badge on the right side of the tailgate.

This is a hint of what might be offered on board the new mid-size truck. Is Toyota planning a detuned version of the same twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 hybrid engine as in the Tundra? Remember that this powertrain delivers 437 horsepower and an even more impressive 583 ft-lb of torque. It would be surprising for Toyota to keep those impressive stats for a mid-size pickup, but a less powerful version of the same V6 engine/electric motor tandem could well find its way under the hood of the new truck.

On the other hand, it’s not impossible that this new i-FORCE MAX powertrain is based on one of the brand’s 4-cylinder engines. The new 2.4-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine found on the Highlander is good for 265 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Unless the Tacoma inherits the HYBRID MAX option that Toyota is introducing in 2023 aboard its new Crown. This option uses the same turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, but grafts two electric motors to the formula, boosting the numbers to 340 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.

No matter what’s on board the new Tacoma, it’s now clear that a hybrid option will be offered in this TRD Pro livery. Now it remains to be seen what mechanical option(s) will be available on the Tacoma 2024, the pickup that will likely be unveiled later this year. We will find out sooner or later.

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