Another teaser means we're getting closer to the reveal.
As we edge closer to the reveal of the new Toyota Tacoma, the Japanese automaker has released yet another teaser, showcasing further TRD Pro details. Based on what we can see below, this off-road-oriented model will arrive with black-painted seven-spoke wheels with red and black center caps. More importantly, it appears the new Tacoma will finally eschew its archaic rear drum brakes for disc brakes.
This should provide better braking performance both on- and off-road and also make life a lot easier for home mechanics who perform their own maintenance.
The teaser also shows us that the TRD Pro will receive chunky black-painted fender trimmings, providing the Tacoma with a tough and aggressive look. It also accentuates the generous clearance between the arches and the tires, which should be useful when traversing tricky terrain.
But chunky all-terrain tires, new brakes, and aggressive wheels aren't the only thing the new TRD Pro will wade into battle with. Another image previews the impressive Fox QS3 shocks, which should provide an unruffled ride quality over harsh surfaces, loose gravel, and dirt. Again, Toyota hasn't released any information about the TRD Pro, but Fox says a three-position compression damping adjustment system allows the owner to quickly adjust the shocks to the road surface.
There's a setting for crawling rocks and smoother roads, another for carrying extra passengers and equipment, and a final mode that protects a vehicle's undercarriage after landing a massive jump. Whether the new Tacoma will receive this remains to be seen, but it would be a great feature to have.
Previous TRD Pro teasers have shown us that the new Tacoma will be offered with an i-Force Max hybrid engine.
It's unlikely that we will see the larger Tundra's 3.5-liter V6 shoehorned into the smaller truck. Therefore, it's safe to assume the Tacoma will make use of the 2.4-liter turbocharged four-pot found in the premium Crown sedan. If that's the case, we can expect 340 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, making it more powerful than even the existing V6 engine. We expect Toyota to offer a non-hybrid engine, but that remains to be seen.
So what else do we know about the 2024 Tacoma so far? Toyota has confirmed that a hardcore Trailhunter derivative will be made available. This grade will receive ARB off-roading accessories, along with trim-specific details. It would be interesting to see whether this variant also receives the Fox QS3 shocks, given its off-roading credentials. The Trailhunter package was first previewed on the larger Tundra at SEMA 2022.
Toyota has been teasing the Tacoma for some time now. The reveal should take place any minute now, as eager fans are keen to see Japan's answer to the Ford Ranger and Chevrolet Colorado. A was leaked in January 2023, giving us our best look yet at the exterior design.
Based on the patent images below, it's clear to see the baby Toyota truck has taken design inspiration from the larger Tundra, with an intimidating front end dominated by a more prominent grille and smaller air vents. The rear is far more substantial, giving the new Tacoma a tougher and more well-rounded look.
While most automakers would be angered by this, Toyota took a different direction, teasing the new pickup in a cryptic teaser that poked fun at the leak. We're keen to see the new Tacoma. Given the anticipation Toyota has created, it had better be worth the wait.
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