A lot of reports about the redesign of the popular pickup truck have been circulating around these days. Many experts believe this will be a year for a complete redesign, due to a lack of novelties that we’ve seen in the recent update. Of course, expectations of this truck are always big. We count on a lot of novelties and one of the things that come to mind first is powertrain, more precisely the 2022 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid. There are several reasons to believe in such a scenario, though details are still unclear. At this point, we can only speculate, so take the following paragraphs with a big reserve.
There are three possible scenarios for the 2022 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid. The first one is to see a smaller, four-cylinder-based system as we’ve seen in the new Highlander. The second one is to see a bigger, V6 based system from Lexus, while the last option is to see a completely new system.
2022 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid: Option 1
The first option, as we’ve just mentioned, is to see a recently introduced hybrid system that is based on a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. That system is already in use in several models, starting from Camry, Rav4 and finally the Highlander. Of course, the most powerful version can be found in the mid-size crossover. In this case, it delivers around 240 horsepower, which seems like a decent amount of power for a mid-size pickup truck.
What the 2022 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid is going to get with this powertrain is primarily an excellent fuel economy. This is one of the most impressive hybrid systems in the automotive industry today and we are pretty sure that the 2022 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid in this version would be able to go way over 30 miles per gallon. These would be the highest ratings in the class by a large margin. For comparison, Chevy Colorado Diesel returns around 26 mpg combined.
On the other side, the drawback is the fact that towing capacity probably won’t be on par with diesel rivals.
2022 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid: Option 2
In order to feature respectable towing ratings, the 2022 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid will probably need something more powerful. A good thing is that Toyota already has something in its portfolio. That would be a V6-based system that powers models like Lexus LS 500h. Moreover, it looks like this system will serve as the basis for the new Tundra, which will be good for 450 horsepower. In the case of Tacoma, we presume that the system would remain in its base variant, with 354 horsepower.
That’s a pretty respectable number. It would provide a strong towing capacity and a very good fuel economy at the same time. We presume that the fuel economy would go around 27 mpg combined.
2022 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid: Option 3
Finally, there is a chance that we will see neither of the existing powertrains, but rather a completely new one. The thing with the four-cylinder hybrid is that it lacks power and that probably won’t be used, despite the impressive fuel economy. On the other side, the system from the LS 500h isn’t exactly the last word of hybrid technology. So, an all-new system seems quite possible.
At this point, it is hard to talks about details, but what we expect from the new powertrain is around 300 horsepower and respectable fuel economy, which would, in this case, mean close to 30 miles per gallon.
Of course, the new 2022 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid isn’t the only big expectation from this redesign. We have no doubt that the new Tacoma will improve in many other ways as well. At this point, we know it will probably use the same F1 platform that will be introduced with the new Tundra. Also, we count on a completely new design, bigger and more comfortable cabin and stiffer chassis.
Naturally, we expect to see loads of new technologies as well. This includes not just a new infotainment system and gadgetry, but also loads of advanced safety features. Naturally, a wide range of versions is what we expect to see, including the capable TRD-badged models.
Release Date and Price
We believe that the 2022 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid will come sometime in about two years. That’s probably the most precise we can be at the moment. When it comes to the price, it is hard to predict how much the new model would cost. Of course, hybrids are more expensive compared to pure gasoline versions, but it all depends on the system Toyota is going to use. If that’s going to be a four-cylinder system, the 2022 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid would cost just a couple of thousands more than the base version, probably under 30.000 dollars.
Key competitors will remain the same, which means models like Chevy Colorado, Nissan Frontier, Ford Ranger etc.