The Tacoma is one of the most popular trucks in North America, a leader in the segment of mid-size trucks, and that is for many good reasons. This truck has a reputation of a super reliable and highly capable machine. Its off-road performances are unmatchable in the class, while reliability and overall durability are spectacular. Of course, engines play a big role in all this. A great thing is that the 2020 Toyota Tacoma engine lineup will probably come with one interesting addition. It looks like we will see a diesel option, besides a couple of current, very familiar units. Of course, this engine will be borrowed from the legendary Hilux truck.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Engine Specs
When it comes to standard versions, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma engine lineup will continue with two familiar units. Base models come with a four-cylinder engine, while higher trims feature a six-cylinder engine.
When it comes to the base four-cylinder unit, you can count on a familiar 2.7-liter atmospheric engine. It belongs to a well-known TR engine family, which has been introduced full 15 years ago. It was used and still is, for various Toyota models, mainly trucks and SUVs. Besides Tacoma and Hilux, it also powers models like the Land Cruiser Prado, Fortuner and a few more. In this particular case, it is rated at 159 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. In Europe and a few other parts of the world, where premium fuel is standard, it delivers a little bit more power.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Engine – V6 Specs
One of the most distinctive features of the Tacoma, compared to its international sibling (Hilux), is an optional V6 engine. While Hilux comes with a rugged 4.0-liter unit, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma engine is a little bit more refined 3.5-liter mill. This one belongs to a so-called GR family of six-cylinder engine. This one comes with a pretty interesting design, which combines a familiar D-4S system with the simulated on-demand Atkinson cycle. Such a design provides better efficiency.
So, you can count on the same amount of power as in the 4.0-liter engine, but with better efficiency. Still, max torque is slightly lower. All in all, you can count on 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Such amount of power provides a max towing capacity of around 6.500 pounds. The same engine power a whole palette of Toyota and Lexus models, such as Toyota Highlander, Toyota Sienna, Lexus RX, Lexus GS, Lexus LS and many more.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Diesel Engine
As we already mentioned, many reports suggest that the Japanese manufacturer could bring an interesting addition to the 2020 Toyota Tacoma engine lineup. It looks like the popular truck will finally be available with an oil-burner. This may sound strange for most of you, but the demand for diesel-powered mid-size trucks is getting bigger and bigger. At this point, Chevy Colorado is the only model in class that offers a diesel engine. However, brand-new Jeep Gladiator and Ford Ranger will do the same in the near future.
Considering all this, there is no reason why the Japanese manufacturer wouldn’t do the same. The new 2020 Toyota Tacoma engine will actually be a quite familiar unit. It is a well-known 2.8-liter turbodiesel that comes from Hilux. It currently delivers around 180 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, but it won’t be a surprise if we see a slight boost for this occasion. In any case, it will bring benefits in many aspects. Count on both better fuel economy and towing capabilities.
When to expect a new diesel engine
Latest reports suggest that a new diesel engine will be ready pretty soon, definitely for the 2020 Toyota Tacoma.