The current-generation Tacoma is by far the best-selling mid-size pickup truck on the market. Of course, the Japanese manufacturer wants to keep that state and that’s why the 2023 Toyota Tacoma is about to receive a complete redesign. At this point, we are still waiting for the details but we know for sure that the next generation will be more capable, more sophisticated and more upscale.
The new model will get a new platform. Furthermore, it will get a completely new design, which will follow the brand’s latest design language. Of course, we count on the implementation of the latest technologies, including hybrid powertrain. All these things should provide improvements both in terms of capability and in terms of ride quality.
Although officials are still quiet, we expect that the all-new 2023 Toyota Tacoma will debut sometime in the second half of 2022.
2023 Toyota Tacoma Redesign
The 2023 Toyota Tacoma redesign will bring all kinds of novelties. The most important thing is the platform. Just like the new Tundra, this mid-size pickup will also switch to the new TNGA-F platform, which is modular and which will be used for all body-on-frame models in Toyota’s lineup. One of the first things that come to mind is the chassis setup. The new model will sit on a fully boxed frame, compared to the current generation which has a bit of the C-shape design on the rear end. This should provide extra rigidity and bring improvements in terms of towing and hauling.
Another big novelty we are about to see with the 2023 Toyota Tacoma redesign is the suspension setup. Unlike the current model, which uses leaf springs on the rear end, the new generation will switch to coil springs. That should provide notable improvements regarding ride quality, especially with the empty cargo bed.
The current generation is one of the smallest models in the class, so we presume the new one will come with slightly bigger dimensions. We could on a couple more inches in wheelbase, as well as on increase in terms of the overall size. Still, the overall shape shouldn’t change too much.
Of course, we have big expectations regarding styling. From what we can see on rendering photos, the new Tacoma will adopt Tundra’s design language. This primarily refers to the new, super-massive grille and those futuristic headlights. With such a design, the new models will definitely be more appealing, but we don’t expect to see significant changes regarding the overall shape.
The 2023 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro trim will continue with exclusive styling details that accentuate its off-road performance. Furthermore, this version will also continue with a full load of off-road upgrades, starting from suspension, tires, drivetrain, skid plates and more.
The current model features a surprisingly nice interior design for the segment. The dashboard looks good, while the materials are mostly okay. Also, there is a decent amount of tech goodies on the offer. Still, the new generation will have to offer much more if Toyota wants to keep its excellent position on the market. So, we expect improvements in every aspect, especially in terms of tech goodies, starting from a new, more intuitive infotainment system and more connectivity options.
The weakest point of the current generation is the passenger space. Simply, the cabin is too small to accommodate taller passengers, especially in terms of headroom. This refers to both extended and double cab models, so we expect notable improvements from the 2023 Toyota Tacoma. We expect to see the same or very similar configuration options regarding bed sizes.
2023 Toyota Tacoma Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, the first thing that comes to mind is electrification. It’s pretty much a certain thing that the new 2023 Toyota Tacoma will come with a hybrid powertrain on the offer. The exact details are still unavailable, but we presume that the new system will probably be based on a four-cylinder engine.
On the other hand, base versions will probably come with a powertrain that runs on pure gasoline. Most likely, that will be a new 2.4-liter turbo-four, which debuted in the new Lexus NX. The engine puts out 275 horsepower and around 317 pound-feet of torque. In other words, the max power is similar to the current V6, but way more torque should provide better dynamics and driving experience in general.
In both cases, we expect to see a 10-speed automatic transmission, though some versions could keep a 6-speed manual on the offer.
2023 Toyota Tacoma Release Date and Price
At this point, it’s still early to talk about a more precise date but we presume that the 2023 Toyota Tacoma will arrive sometime in the second half of 2022. When it comes to the price, we estimate that the base version will cost around 28.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Ford Ranger, Jeep Gladiator, Chevy Colorado etc.