This is what the Tacoma looks like from the top.
The all-new 2024 Toyota Tacoma will be unveiled on Friday, which makes the image you see below the last #TacoTuesday teaser before we get to see the new 'Taco in all its glory. Not that there's much still left to find out. The design leaked earlier this month, following patent sketches finding their way onto the internet in January.
Thanks to several teasers, we already know almost everything there is to know about the upcoming mid-size pickup truck. It will be available with a manual gearbox, the TRD Pro trim will have Fox shocks and disc brakes, and Toyota is introducing an all-new Trailhunter trim, likely as the top-spec model.
At this point, we're just waiting for engine options and pricing.
As you can see, the latest teaser image doesn't reveal much. It's two Tacomas parked on a hill. The one on the right is the TRD, and the truck on the left is most likely the Trailhunter.
The TRD is easy enough to identify thanks to the hood scoop, which featured prominently in the leaked image. Whether it's functional remains to be seen, but it might hint at what Toyota has in mind engine-wise.
Ford's all-new Ranger debuted earlier this month, offering American customers more engine options than before. In addition to the 2.3-liter EcoBoost, which is a carryover, the Ranger will now be available with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost producing 315 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. The top-spec Raptor uses the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 as the Braptor and packs a 405 hp and 430 lb-ft punch.
We've known for a while that the Tacoma will be powered by Toyota's next-generation i-Force MAX hybrid powertrains, which include four- and six-cylinder models. If we had to guess, the standard engine will be the same 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder hybrid used in the Crown. In the Crown, it produces 340 hp, but Toyota will likely tweak it to be more suited for general truck duty.
The Tundra rides on the new TNGA-F platform, also used by the Tundra and the upcoming 4Runner replacement. That means the twin-turbocharged V6 engine with electric assistance is a possibility. In the Tundra, it produces 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque. This matters because Toyota needs a Ranger Raptor rival. Otherwise, it's going to lose market share.
The TRD's impressive suspension setup already hints at a go-faster truck, and that hood scoop points to an engine that might need a bit more cooling than a turbocharged four-pot.
In two days, we'll finally know.
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