The new Tacoma Trailhunter will receive some exclusive accessories aimed at improving its off-roading capabilities.
We're getting closer to the reveal of the new Tacoma, and, to whet our appetites for the newcomer's arrival, Toyota has released a new teaser of a rugged new trim called the Tacoma Trailhunter. First previewed last year with a modified Tundra, Trailhunter models will be new off-road derivatives that may even sit above the TRD Off-Road models, or perhaps replace them entirely.
The first image (pictured below) gives us an up-close look at the new Tacoma headlight cluster. More modern than before, the detailed design takes inspiration from the larger Tundra and Sequoia. The LED lighting elements look good, lending the new Tacoma an upmarket look. In the corner, you can see that the "Trailhunter" legend has been picked out and features a classy illuminated look.
It will be interesting to see if all models will have a trim denotation in the headlight cluster or whether this is reserved for the Trailhunter.
Toyota says the Trailhunter model has been developed for those "seeking sustained adventures" and that the Tacoma Trailhunter builds "upon Toyota's legendary off-road and overlanding credibility with purpose-built engineering and robust components."
At the rear, we can see several accessories from off-roading experts ARB. The Trailhunter wears a tow hook and a rear bumper from the brand. With ARB's stellar reputation - the company builds components that can survive the Australian outback - we're guessing the Tacoma Trailhunter will be a competent off-roader.
This is just a taste of what is on offer, though, and it's safe to assume the Trailhunter will come with many more off-roading bits and pieces. At SEMA 2022, Toyota previewed a Tundra Trailhunter concept (pictured at the bottom of this article), and that vehicle was equipped with model-specific skid plates, roof racks, and even a fridge and roof tent.
The Trailhunter will also receive a unique badge to denote its status in the lineup, with a compass-inspired logo taking pride of place on the tailgate. The satin brown paintwork is also worth mentioning and looks decidedly upmarket on the angular truck. Hopefully, this will be made available across the range.
We've known for some time that a Tacoma Trailhunter would be offered. Late last year, an insider source claimed the Tacoma would be provided with this overlanding-focused trim. It will be interesting to see whether the new model will have what it takes to battle the new Colorado ZR2 and the forthcoming Ranger Raptor, which is also scheduled to hit US roads very soon.
The new Tacoma will have a hybrid powertrain, expected to be the 2.5-liter four-pot with hybrid assist from the Highlander Hybrid, joined by a standalone 2.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.
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