Caught! 2016 Toyota Hilux – Preview of Next Tacoma?
Design Splits Difference Between Sleek Hilux and Chunky Tacoma
Once the neglected backwater of the light truck market, interest and activity in the midsize truck market is suddenly heating up again with the introduction of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. These new entries are suddenly prompting the former segment leaders, Toyota and Nissan, to freshen up their aging offerings, the Tacoma and the Frontier.
A few months ago, Nissan unveiled a new global Navara NP300 truck, believed to be the basis of the next-generation Frontier, but Nissan emphasized the North American model would be different, and would not be in showrooms for several years, following its big brother Titan to market. The Tacoma is by far the best-selling model in the midsize market, but has lately seen sales flattening out. To keep the interest level up, Toyota is expected to give the Tacoma a significant refresh in 2016.
We saw some Tacoma test mules driving around earlier this year, but any major mechanical or sheetmetal changes were inconclusive. We now have photos of a refresh to the Toyota Hilux, the global cousin of the Tacoma. Like the new Navara, the headlights incorporate LED driving lights, and the overall design appears to split the difference between the current Hilux, which has a more swept-back front end, and the Tacoma, which has a blockier visage. Whether we’ll see a convergence in styles between the Hilux and Tacoma in the next-generation truck or the continuation of market-specific styling will have to wait for the next-generation Tacoma’s official debut.