Potential Next-Gen Toyota Tacoma Revealed As Chevy Colorado Rival12
GM’s competitor Toyota is currently working on the next generation of the Toyota Tacoma, a direct competitor to the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon trucks from GM. Thanks to allegedly leaked images as part of a patent filing in Brazil, we’re getting a first look at the redesigned pickup’s exterior design.
According to a report by Motor1, Brazilian patent registration renderings from the Japanese automaker depict the new Toyota Hilux, known in the North American market as the Tacoma.
The exterior of the potential Toyota Tacoma design strongly resembles the all-electric pickup design Toyota showed during its presentation of electric vehicle concepts in December 2021. Several notable details carrying over from the electric pickup concept include the shape of the grille and the headlamp clusters, the wheel arches, and the character lines on the door panels. However, the Hilux shown in the patent renderings features a traditional ICE engine grille, unlike the EV concept’s plastic trim.
The interior of the upcoming Toyota Tacoma has yet to be revealed, it should resemble the Toyota Tundra’s cabin given the exterior design similarities of the vehicles.
No official information is available on the new Toyota Tacoma’s powertrain. The truck is rumored to receive two engine choices, but which ones among Toyota’s powertrain lineup will actually be installed under the hood of the Tacoma is purely speculative at this point.
Toyota could potentially borrow the turbocharged 2.4L four-cylinder engine from its Highlander midsize crossover to power the new Toyota Tacoma. This engine develops 265 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque in the Highlander.
Another interesting candidate would be a hybrid powertrain. If it decides to go this route, Toyota could theoretically outfit the Toyota Tacoma with the Hybrid Max system from the latest Toyota Crown midsize luxury car. The Hybrid Max would be a more powerful option, rated at 340 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque in the Crown sedan.
The TNGA-F platform is said to underpin the next-gen Toyota Tacoma.
The patent images provide another look at the Toyota Tacoma’s exterior following GM Authority spy shots of the 2024 Tacoma prototype testing in mid-January. The prototype was heavily camouflaged but the wheel arches resemble those shown in the patent filing.
As a reminder, both the 2023 Chevy Colorado and the 2023 GMC Canyon pickup trucks went into production on January 24th, 2023, with the first vehicles ceremoniously rolling off the production line at the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri.
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Does not look much different.
The question is how will the coil springs work. They have been tried many times but never last.
Toyota had trouble with the rear leafs years ago where they looked like tail draggers.
That thing is Fuggly looking. Amazing how some of these vehicles leave the design studio.
Just as bad as the Tundra…but Toyota could make it look like the Homer Simpson car and Toyota fan boys would buy it. They really need to look at the competition.
It doesnt look like they did anything to address the low seating position of the cab configuration.
I like the EV concept.
Eh, I was expecting something more daring. Should be a popular midsize truck nonetheless. We will see more as time goes by.
Kinda plain Jane looking. Body lines just look strange to me. If this is actally what it’s going to look like I don’t think it will be much of a rival for the Colorado.
What the heck is up with their need to include “weepy eyes” on their vehicles? Isn’t a teardrop tattoo a gang sign, like having killed someone or something? Why would they associate themselves so heavily with that?
Crying eyes. Lol
Not sure how this is completely missed in the article and so far comments, but a couple things.
Tacomas for smaller trucks have decent tow capacity currently. If that drops, the Tacoma fans that utilize this truck for work and hauling will look elsewhere.
the second thing is, GMC, Chevy, Ford, and Jeep all have things that Tacoma fans like, but there is a couple really important things that none of them have historically done well in. Reliability. Toyota’s don’t break down on the side of the road. resale value. Tacomas hold amazing resale value, (some of the other on this list do ok in the resale department.)
if Toyota fails to meet the reliability and tow capacity standards they have set for themselves, they’re looking at a shift in demographics for people that find these things most important.
“Competitor” ? That’s really “sugar-coating” it ! Given sales numbers the word should have been “class leader” since the Toyota blows GM mid-size sales numbers out of the water. Check out the options available for each vehicle and you’ll get a good idea why. V-6 vs I-4…..stick shift vs. auto-only etc.