The Toyota Tacoma is the most popular midsize pickup truck in America. It’s one of those rough and tumble trucks with a reputation for reliability and longevity that combine to make it legendary. But critics haven’t been entirely sold on the Tacoma lately, as it comes to the tail end of its current generation. Not to worry––the eagerly awaited 2024 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck is coming, and here’s what we know.
There will be new features aplenty, including a new hybrid powertrain
While nothing is certain yet, it’s pretty much common knowledge that Toyota plans to have at least an electrified option for every vehicle in its lineup by 2025. That said, it’s entirely reasonable to presume that the 2024 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck will offer a hybrid powertrain. So will it get a new powertrain? Yes.
However, the details for the upcoming changes will remain under wraps until the last second. That is, as long as Toyota follows similar protocol to the past releases of new generations. The public generally knows very little until the actual debut.
Toyota has specified that it will soon build an electric pickup truck. However, whether it will be a Tacoma or a Tundra is still unclear. Ford now has a full-size electric pickup truck and a hybrid ute, so the direction that trucks are going in terms of electrification is anyone’s game at this point.
What about the transmission?
One of the primary points that critics rag on the current generation for is its “dated” 6-speed transmission. In the words of a recent Gear Patrol article, it would be “shocking” if the new Tacoma generation didn’t change this. It’s largely one of the most important changes the current gen Tacoma will see in the upcoming generational shift.
As far as the manual transmission goes, TFL Truck reports that the take rate for the manual 4×4 TRD Tacoma models is just 5%. So it’s also likely that Toyota will drop the option in the new generation. That said, all of this is a guessing game at this point.
When is the new Toyota Tacoma generation set to debut?
Gear Patrol reports that we can expect the new Toyota Tacoma generation by the 2024 model year. In fact, it’s the youngest of the off-road generations with the current generation debuting in 2016. Toyota will release new versions of others like the Toyota Sequoia and Toyota 4Runner in 2022 and 2023.
The 2022 Tundra comes out this year as a new generation. Then, the all-new Taco should follow these releases. Either way, there are big things on the horizon for Toyota trucks, the Tacoma not being the only nor the least of them.
The all-new Tacoma will ride on a new truck platform
This year, in other parts of the world, the all-new Toyota Land Cruiser J300 model was released on the fresh TNGA-F platform. The new 2022 Toyota Tundra will share this platform. In addition, we expect that the new 4Runner, Sequoia, and Tacoma trucks will be built on this new platform as well.
Overall, it’s about time to start getting really excited about the trucks coming up for release in Toyota’s lineup. Naturally, a day like Taco Tuesday is the perfect time to muse about the upcoming 2024 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. Virtually all the information we have so far is little more than speculation. However, it’s still fun looking toward the future of the legendary Taco.
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