The king of the midsize hill gets an update to take on the competition.
For years, the Toyota Tacoma has had it all its own way in the sales charts. It is by far the best-selling truck in the segment. Let’s face it, though: It’s been a few years since we’ve seen a significant update in the Tacoma, and it’s facing stiffer competition. The 2019 Ford Ranger and 2020 Jeep Gladiator are here to try and muscle in on the growing market. That’s to say nothing of its perennial competition, like the Chevy Colorado and Nissan Frontier.
Admittedly, this teaser image isn’t much to go on. From what we can see, however, It isn’t a revolution from the current Tacoma. Toyota trucks rarely see radical changes, and the 2020 Tacoma appears to be no exception. There are some smart touches, though, like redesigned LED headlights and perhaps a fresh grille. The front fascia by and large retains its overall shape, and the ridges on the roof appear to be gone.
Beyond that, we can’t say much about the 2020 Tacoma. Current engine options include a 2.7-liter inline-four with 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Alternatively, you can also get the much more powerful (and popular) 3.5-liter V6, with 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. Both options currently mate up to a six-speed automatic, although some grades have a six-speed manual option as well.
Toyota usually features truck news at the Chicago Auto Show, so we’ll definitely know more at the press conference on February 7th. What’s more, we know you all are looking forward to news on the Tundra as well. While we’ve recently seen a prototype roaming the streets, we can’t confirm whether Toyota is bringing a new Tundra to the show. Stay tuned for more updates!
Check out the current Tacoma against the new Ford Ranger off-road below: