Toyota Teases 2016 Tacoma
Image Reveals Little, But We’re Excited Anyway
Toyota released a teaser image of the upcoming 2016 Tacoma pickup, which the company confirmed would be revealed January 12 at the North American International Auto Show. The image depicts some serious mud-slinging, which doesn’t surprise us given Toyota’s reputation for off-road-friendly pickups and SUVs.
As on the current Tundra, the next Taco’s tailgate will get some contouring and the Tacoma name stamped into the sheetmetal. It’s a cool, technical look, but does anyone else miss the days when the “TOYOTA” script was all the branding we got back there?
Clearly, the company will continue to offer the Tacoma with four-wheel drive, and the upcoming truck may share more with its global stablemate, the Hilux, than it has in the past. That could mean the option of an oil-burning Tacoma to do battle with the Duramax-equipped Colorado/Canyon, but that’s somewhat doubtful. What isn’t doubtful is Toyota will surely be benchmarking the GM twins, given their successful launch and warm reception from critics.
That means the next Tacoma should get a significant efficiency boost, as the current truck gets slightly worse fuel economy in most configurations than the Canyon/Colorado. Additionally, we wouldn’t be surprised to see some big interior revisions. The 2015 Tacoma’s interior isn’t a bad place to spend time, but with its design and material choices, it's obvious that it ultimately dates from 2005.
As predicted, Toyota will be revealing the next-generation Tacoma in Detroit next month. With the surprising competence of the Chevrolet and GMC midsize trucks and Toyota’s excellent reputation in the segment, we think the next Tacoma will prove that smaller trucks are here to stay.