New 2024 Toyota Tacoma Debuts May 19: What to Expect
The date is set, and the wait is almost over. The new 2024 Toyota Tacoma will debut on May 19, which hints that it should arrive at dealers before the end of the year to give us a new midsize truck to enjoy as the new model year begins. Let’s look at a few things Toyota has confirmed about this new midsize truck.
Will the new generation Toyota Tacoma continue with a manual transmission?
A recent Toyota Instagram post dropped a teaser image of a three-pedal alignment for the Tacoma. Toyota has confirmed this new version will include the option of a manual transmission on some trims. Currently, this configuration is offered for the TRD Pro, TRD Sport, and TRD Off-Road trims. Will this continue to be the case, or will a hybrid version of the Tacoma include a manual transmission setup?
The 2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter has been confirmed
While we don’t know where the new Trailhunter trim will appear in the lineup, we know it’s part of the new stuff for this Toyota midsize pickup truck. The Trailhunter concept appeared as a Tundra concept version at the 2022 SEMA Show. Could this new trim be the top-of-the-line off-roader or sit somewhere else in the mix? Opinions vary as to where the Trailhunter name will fit into the Tacoma lineup.
How will the i-Force Max hybrid name fit in for this new generation Toyota truck?
Toyota is consistent, and as each new model enters its next generation, the brand upgrades the powertrains for that vehicle. We first saw the i-Force Max hybrid name in the 2022 Tundra, which uses a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid engine to deliver 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque to the mix. We don’t expect to see the same engine in the Tacoma, but a hybrid 4-cylinder model could wear the i-Force Max name for this midsize truck.
Does the 2024 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro offer better features?
Toyota confirmed and previewed some upgrades for the Tacoma TRD Pro trim. Some of these include a new set of Fox shocks and a set of rear disc brakes. Strangely enough, the Tacoma hasn’t transitioned to rear disc brakes yet. This new generation model will have upgraded brakes to provide better stopping power than the outdated drum brakes.
Will this new generation Toyota Truck resemble its larger sibling?
A leaked image unveiled on the tacoma4g forum shows us a truck that resembles the larger Tundra in many ways. The new Tacoma rides on the new F1 global platform, which means it continues to offer a body-on-frame build. The leaked image offers the hard edges from the Tundra but on a smaller scale.
Will the new 2024 Toyota Tacoma include everything we’ve hoped for? When May 19 rolls around, we’ll have answers to most of the questions we’ve been asking. Of course, this new reveal might bring us more questions.