Thanks to certain countries requiring design patents for new vehicles, we get to see the 2024 Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup before we’re supposed to. In this case, it is courtesy of Brazil, and there is no camouflage hiding the details. And while it shares some of the same design features as the Tundra, it’s the next Tacoma, not a Tundra.
How important is the Tacoma midsize pickup for Toyota?
Toyota’s body-on-frame midsize pickup leads all other makes in this segment, including the Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado. So it is an important cog in Toyota’s U.S. domination. It regularly sells 250,000 Tacomas yearly in the U.S, according to GoodCarBadCar. That’s more than twice the amount of Tundras Toyota sells each year. And it’s far more than the 57,000 Ford Rangers sold in 2022.
Overall, the next Tacoma has a slimmer proportion than the Tundra but picks up certain features like the vents under the headlights. And the general shape of the grille is the same, but not dominant like it is on the Tundra. In fact, it shares an equal landscape with the lower grille, with the body color break evenly bisecting the two.
What are some of the differences between the Tacoma and Tundra?
The square-shaped wheel openings are also similar, but in a much bolder fashion on the Tacoma. So, too is the design break at the lower part of the body. And carrying over from the Tundra and the previous model is the kink of the rear window line. It almost leads one to think the body might be just a facelift of the previous Tacoma, but it’s not.
Unique to the 2024 Tacoma are the lower vents in the front wheel surrounds. The body also tucks in more dramatically at the rockers than other pickups. And that design break takes an abrupt angle down as it transitions from the door into the front fender.
How many engine options will the 2024 Tacoma have?
If the patent renderings are accurate, then nothing hangs below the wheel centerlines. Factoring in a 31-inch tall tire, that means there are 15 inches of ground clearance. We do know that the new Tacoma rides on Toyota’s new TNGA-F platform, which is the same as the Tundra’s. It will also be the basis for the Sequoia and 4Runner.
As for engines, we expect that buyers will have a choice of either a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a V6 hybrid version. The 2.4 will be similar to the engine in the Lexus NX350, with an expected increase to just under 300 hp. This will be hooked to an eight-speed automatic.
Will there be an all-electric Tacoma?
It’s too early for much information from Toyota. So without interior renderings to go along with these exterior peeks, we have no idea what the cabin will look like. But, as the exterior takes on a general Tundra vibe, we expect the same inside too.
As for an electric version, we all know Toyota has been late to develop EVs across the board. So an all-electric Tundra and Tacoma are still a ways out. But with the company pioneering hybrid technology, the Tacoma hybrid should be well thought out and offer significant fuel economy. As we find out more, MotorBiscuit will bring it to you.