We know a new generation Toyota Tacoma is on the horizon and even have a pretty good idea of what it looks like thanks to a design recording from Brazil. These renders from the Tacoma 4G forum use those sketches as a starting point to imagine what the rugged version of TRD Pro might look like.
Up front, the design features an octagonal grille and a bumper with integrated fog lights. This render adds an LED bar just below the Toyota emblem.
On the sides, this rendered truck has a raised suspension. It rolls on black wheels with tires for light off-roading. TRD Pro emblems are on the front doors and bed.
There are no significant changes at the rear. The images highlight the higher ride height which would improve the truck’s approach, crossing and departure angles.
For reference, the 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro has suspension that is 1.5 inches higher in the front and 0.5 inches higher in the rear compared to lower truck grades. The pickup has an approach angle of 36.4 degrees, a break angle of 26.6 degrees and a departure angle of 24.7 degrees. It also gets Fox internal bypass shocks, forged upper control arms and 16-inch wheels with Goodyear off-road tires.
The new Tacoma would be available with two engines. The entry-level factory would be a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It produces 265 horsepower (198 kilowatts) and 309 pound-feet (419 Newton-meters) in the current Highlander.
Buyers will reportedly be able to get a hybrid version of the 2.4-liter turbo engine. It is already available in other vehicles from the automaker. The powertrain produces 366 hp (272 kW) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) in the Lexus RX 500h and 340 hp (253 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) in the Toyota Crown.
Recent spy photos gave us a glimpse inside the Tacoma. It has an infotainment screen in a square frame, and the gearshift is just as chunky. Unfortunately, the angle of the photos does not allow the instrument cluster to be seen.
We expect the new Tacoma to arrive for the 2024 model year, as the 2023 example is still the current generation of the truck. We expect the unveiling to take place this year.
For more discussion of the new Tacoma, check out this episode of Rambling About Cars: