The current generation of the most popular mid-size truck on the market has been updated. There is a full load of novelties that came with the 2020 model year, in various aspects. However, we are already getting reports about the possible changes for the next year. According to the latest 2021 Toyota Tacoma news, the Japanese manufacturer still has a couple of things to introduce with the current generation. Naturally, most of these reports are about new engines, which were expected to arrive with this update but didn’t happen.
Of course, we are talking about gasoline alternatives, which are becoming more popular these days. Both diesel and hybrid options are in consideration. Finally, the fact is that a complete overhaul is around the corner as well. Some of the reports are already speculating about the date and possible changes, despite that the updated version has just arrived.
2021 Toyota Tacoma News – Engines
By far, the most 2021 Toyota Tacoma news talk about the powertrain. Simply, changes under the hood were expected to happen with the recent update, but that didn’t happen. The new version remains available with gasoline units in the offer only.
Therefore, there is a chance to see new engine options in the next year, according to the 2021 Toyota Tacoma news. One of the most anticipated versions is the one with a diesel engine. Oil burners are becoming quite popular these days, particularly because of the obvious benefits in terms of towing. Therefore, we can still find a lot of new reports that suggest Tacoma could finally arrive with such an engine. Naturally, these reports are suggesting a familiar 2.8-liter turbodiesel that powers the HiLux and Land Cruiser Prado.
The engine is good for about 177 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Considering that the HiLux can tow around 7.500 pounds, we could expect the same numbers from the new Tacoma as well. However, we may presume that this engine would come with a slight power boost. Simply, rivals feature more power. The Colorado features similar power but significantly more torque. On the other side, the new Gladiator could easily come with six-cylinders and performances that would set new standards in the segment. All these things indicate power boost if Toyota wants to offer a competitive truck
2021 Toyota Tacoma News – Hybrid
Another highly anticipated version for this update was the one with a hybrid powertrain. Not only that the current Tacoma can tow less than rivals, but the current gasoline engines are quite thirsty. Therefore, we expect to see a hybrid powertrain in the near future. While some of the 2021 Toyota Tacoma news suggests it could happen already in the next year, we believe that the new powertrain will be a part of a complete redesign, which could happen much sooner than you would probably expect.
The new version would feature a quite powerful hybrid system. Some reports suggest the same powertrain that can be found in the Lexus LS 500h, which is based on a V6 engine and features a combined output of 354 horsepower. Besides plenty of power, this powertrain should be able to ensure more than 30 miles per gallon in certain conditions.
No More Changes For The Current Generation
Despite all these reports, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma news that looks most like is the one that suggests no more changes for the current generation. Most likely, the current model will remain untouched until the redesign, which seems natural, considering that the recent update has brought a lot of interesting changes. There is a new grille and LED headlights, while the new interior is highlighted with a power-adjustable driver’s seat and new infotainment system.
Also, there are new camera-based systems that show everything that is happening around and underneath the vehicle. The TRD Pro has also come with a couple of updates. There are new Fox shocks, more ground clearance and new color options. All in all, the current generation will remain competitive for a couple of more years for sure.
2021 Toyota Tacoma News – Redesign
There are all kinds of 2021 Toyota Tacoma news, but the most interesting are those that suggest a complete redesign, which could happen earlier than you think. As you probably know, the next-generation Tundra is on its way and it will be built over a new F1 architecture. This is a modular platform. So, it will be the basis of other BoF vehicles in the lineup as well, including the new Tacoma.
This means that the development of the new model won’t last too long and that we could see it already in a couple of years. The new generation would come with improvements in all aspects and if we consider that the recent update hasn’t brought any particular styling changes, we may presume that a complete overhaul could happen pretty soon. Related models like Sequoia and 4Runner are also expected to receive a complete redesign in the near future.