The mid-size pickup truck segment is far from dead.
Last week, images were revealed online of the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma. And now the truck has enjoyed its live debut in Detroit. Toyota claims its mid-size pickup truck has been rebuilt inside and out with an all new powertrain and enhanced suspension tuning. Two engines will be on offer: a standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder and a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 equipped with D-4S technology, featuring both direct and port fuel injection. Both engines will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the V6 can also be had with a new six-speed manual.
The new exterior design really isn’t all that much of a departure from the previous model, but we like the aggressive new front grille, LED daytime running lights, and wheel flares. There are four new wheel designs ranging from 16 to 18 inches in size. Also new is an available tri-fold hard tonneau cover and a windshield-mounted GoPro camera. Other optional premium features include wireless charging, smart key with push-button start, power moonroof, and a blind-spot monitor. The new instrument panel has a "handlebar" design theme going on, but it still looks quite functional and straight-forward. Buyers can, once again, choose between 4x2 and 4x4 configurations, and five trim levels: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and Limited.
The TRD Off-Road comes with a multi-terrain select system that allows the driver to choose between different types of terrain such as loose rock, or mud and sand. Sales are likely to get underway this fall.