We’re delighted to hear that, unlike the immense Tundra, Toyota will not wait 14 years to introduce a new iteration of the Tacoma. Now in its third generation, the midsize pickup has been on the market since 2015. It appears that an all-new model will be released sooner rather than later, maybe as early as 2023.
For starters, we expect the 2020 Tacoma to be equipped with a fully-boxed, high-strength steel structure. The 2022 Tacoma is currently the only midsize pickup with a C-channel frame.
If you’ve driven off-road behind one, you’ll understand why switching to a boxed frame is critical. We can also expect reduced and likely turbocharged engines to replace the current engine lineup. Tacoma will almost certainly get a hybrid engine option as well. The present 2022 Tacoma has a six-speed automatic gearbox, which should be replaced with a scaled-down version of the Tundra’s ten-speed automatic transmission.
Unlike the larger Tundra, we expect the Tacoma to keep leaf springs in the back. However, it was not the first midsize pickup to use coil springs if Toyota chooses to do so (Jeep’s Gladiator medium pickup uses a link/coil rear suspension).
From SR to TRD Pro, the current trim lineup should remain unchanged, and we don’t expect many changes to the TRD Pro formula. The next iteration of Toyota’s Crawl Control technology, on the other hand, is expected to make its way from the Tundra to Tacoma.
Tacoma is in desperate need of a new drivetrain. While it’s presently the only midsize truck with a manual transmission—and we hope it stays that way—the six-speed automatic gearbox is cumbersome and outdated compared to competitors like the GMC Canyon or Nissan Frontier.
The outgoing Tacoma has a mediocre four-cylinder base engine as well as a V-6 engine that is less powerful than any other V-6-powered competitor, including the much-maligned Honda Ridgeline. Toyota is expected to equip the 2019 Tacoma with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, maybe the 2.4-liter from the Lexus NX350, which produces 275 horsepower & 317 pound-feet of torque.
This drivetrain is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Like the new Tundra, Tacoma could have a hybrid version of its V-6 drivetrain. The midsize truck would still be built on a body-on-frame platform. Still, we expect the rear leaf-spring suspension to be replaced with a more modern coil-spring configuration, improving both ride and handling.
The interior, as expected, will be influenced by the Tundra. Throughout the cabin, harder and higher-quality materials will be used. Not only that, but we expect it to be available in both extended and crew cab configurations. Short-bed and long-bed choices will be offered as usual.
In the infotainment department, we anticipate the Tacoma to get a more extensive and modern arrangement in 2023. That means the present 8.0-inch touchscreen will most likely be replaced by something more significant, like the 14.0-inch touchscreen found in the new Tundra. We expect the 2019 Tacoma entertainment center to contain Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot, in addition to some new features.
Release Date and Price
The Toyota Tacoma 2023 will most likely debut in 2022, with a launch date near the end of the year. However, it’s probable that Toyota will wait until 2024 to execute the new design and enhancements for the Tacoma.
It’s just speculation right now about the price of the 2023 Tacoma. The 2022 Tacoma has a starting price of $26,500 for Access Cab models and $27,330 for Double Cab models. However, the cost of the 2023 Tacoma will almost certainly be more because of the new design & enhancements.
Although Toyota hasn’t announced any details about the 2023 Tacoma, many of these modifications are expected. It’s been a long time since the Tacoma was overhauled entirely, so a facelift is well overdue. When Toyota unveils the revamped Tacoma, we’ll have a lot more information.