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2023 Toyota Tacoma will join Toyota’s reinvigorated truck lineup

2023 Toyota Tacoma will join Toyota's reinvigorated truck lineup

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  • Toyota will soon be redesigning the midsize Tacoma pickup, and here’s what we know about it so far.
  • It’s expected to have a new engine offering, likely a turbocharged four-cylinder, a new suspension setup and a look inspired by the new Tundra.
  • We should hear more about the new Tacoma next year, and it might arrive as a 2023 model..

    Toyota is revamping its truck lineup, which started with the 2022 Tundra. Its other body-on-frame offerings will also get major overhauls, including the midsize Tacoma pickup. The Tacoma is already outselling American midsize trucks such as the Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Ranger, and the next-generation upgrades will help continue its success.

    The new Tacoma will be built on Toyota’s new TNGA-F body-on-frame platform, which supports the new Tundra and will also underpin the upcoming Sequoia and 4Runner SUVs. The Tacoma, like the Tundra, is likely to replace its leaf spring rear suspension setup with coil springs which should improve the truck’s handling. Its closest competitors Chevy and Ford continue to use a leaf spring configuration.

    As shown in our artist’s illustration (above) of a TRD Pro model, we expect the Tacoma to take design cues from the new Tundra, particularly in the grille, headlights and taillights . It will likely still be offered in extended-cab and crew-cab body styles with varying bed lengths.

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    Rumors suggest the new Tacoma could use a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and it would require an upgrade over the current Tacoma’s optional 3.5-liter V6 that produces 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. One candidate could be the new 2.4-liter unit that produces 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque in the Lexus NX350. A hybrid version of this powertrain may also be available, as Toyota offers a hybrid version of the new Tundra. And Toyota says it will have an electrified version of every model in its lineup by 2025. An automatic transmission will be standard, but we think (and hope) that Toyota will continue to offer a manual transmission in the new Tacoma ( #SavetheManuals).

    As with the new Tundra, the Tacoma’s cabin will be better equipped than the current generation, with better materials throughout. Expect a larger touchscreen than the current truck’s 8.0-inch screen (the Tundra is 14.0-inches) and an available digital gauge cluster along with Toyota’s new infotainment system with standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.

    We should have more details on the new Toyota Tacoma soon, as the company is already testing prototypes. The new truck is expected to debut in 2022 and go on sale towards the end of the year, although it’s also possible it will arrive after the 4Runner and Sequoia for the 2024 model year.

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