2016 Toyota Tacoma Teased Before Detroit Debut
Headlight, Grille Highlight New Styling
The introduction of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon have increased the interest level in midsize trucks considerably, as well as highlighting the age of existing competitors. Toyota knows it and is poised to reveal an all-new Tacoma at next month’s Detroit Auto Show to fend off the newcomers and maintain its status as the reigning king of the midsize segment. As part of the series of “slow drip” teasers coming out, Toyota has released a front corner shot of the new truck, showing a new grille, headlight, and foglight design. While evolutionary, the styling shows a clear change from the current-generation model, which received a facelift in 2012 but remained fundamentally mechanically identical to when the model debuted in 2004.
There has been much speculation surrounding the new Tacoma’s powertrains. The safest bet is a six-speed automatic replacing both the existing four- and five-speed automatics on the I-4 and V-6 models, with a six-speed manual continuing to be offered as well. In terms of the engines, we’re expecting a move to direct fuel injection for both engines and possibly smaller displacement, more power-dense engines. There has been some talk of the Tacoma getting a turbocharged I-4 as a midrange engine. Although unusual for the segment, it would not be totally unprecedented, as Toyota offered a turbocharged version of its 22R engine in the 1980s before introducing the 3.0L V-6.