The new 2020 model years brings all those updates. There are new styling details and loads of new interesting features. However, that doesn’t mean that the Japanese manufacturer is done with changes for this generation. Moreover, it looks like electrification is on its way. While most rivals are preparing diesel versions, this one will go in a different way, as we are about to see a 2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid, according to the latest reports. Simply, Toyota wants to offer something different. This different also means better in so many aspects.
2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Powertrain
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is which hybrid system the new model would use. Practically, there are two possibilities in this case. The first one is to see a large and potent V6-based system with over 300 horsepower. However, the latest reports are suggesting that the Japanese manufacturer has something completely different in mind.
The 2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid will focus on efficiency, so it will probably come with the same system that debuted in the new Highlander. It is based on a smaller 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and features a combined output of 240 horsepower. More importantly, it will feature a pretty impressive fuel economy.
High mpg ratings will be the strongest point of this truck. Considering that the new Highlander returns around 34 mpg in a combined ride, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid will be able to return more than 30 mpg as well. For comparison, that’s much better compared to Colorado Diesel’s 26 mpg combined.
Of course, this version won’t be able to tow as much as a diesel truck, but it will be faster, more refined, with better fuel economy, lower emission rating. Also, it will be more affordable. Seems like a great compromise.
2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Design
When it comes to overall design characteristics, we don’t expect bigger differences compared to the rest of the lineup. Of course, there could be a couple of styling details that accentuate its electrified character, but the overall shape and look will remain pretty much the same. On the inside, the only notable difference would be a different instrument cluster.
Other than that, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid would adopt all the novelties that were introduced recently with the updated model. In practice, this means new infotainment system and other tech novelties, as well as things like power-adjustable seats, advanced camera-based systems etc.
Is there a chance to see a diesel version?
From this perspective, it looks a little bit unlikely to see both versions in the offer for the next year. It may happen after a complete overhaul, but we are pretty sure that the Japanese manufacturer will put the focus on hybrid technology.
The new Tundra is coming with a hybrid powertrain in the next year, so the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid will be a kind of confirmation of the company’s leading position in this segment of the automotive industry. Simply, this version is not just more efficient but also has much more potentials in the future.
Release Date and Price
According to some reports, the new version could arrive already in the next year. When it comes to the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid, we presume that the base version would cost around 32/33.000 dollars. Still, take everything with a reserve, considering that we are still waiting for the official confirmation.