The next-generation Toyota Tacoma is on the way. The heavy jump test vehicles seen over the past year have left a lot to the imagination, and we know very little about it. We know even less about what its power will be, but a new video from The Fast Lane Truck YouTube channel sheds light on some new and interesting rumors.
An “inside source” told the publication that the next-generation Tacoma will come with two engine choices under the hood. The midsize pickup isn’t going fully electric just yet, but there will reportedly be a hybrid variant that combines a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor in the pickup.
This setup is already powering other Toyota products. A similar configuration is found in the Lexus RX, which delivers a total of 366 horsepower (272 kW) and 406 pound-feet (550 Newton meters) of torque. It’s also in the new Crown, putting out a similar 340 hp (253 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque.
Another rumored engine choice will be a non-hybrid 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Toyota is already using it in the 2023 Highlander. It makes 265 hp (198 kW) and 309 lb-ft (419 Nm) of torque in the SUV. The Tacoma’s powertrains can have different outputs because Toyota tailors the engine to the pickup truck and its specific needs.
Toyota has done a remarkable job keeping the next-generation Tacoma a secret. We have yet to understand the design, though it should take styling cues from Toyota’s recently redesigned larger Tundra. Both trucks will share a platform, Toyota’s TNGA-F architecture. The Tacoma’s interior should get a complete makeover with the next-generation model, bringing the vehicle up-to-date amenities.
When the Tacoma goes on sale, the TRD Pro won’t be the top trim of the truck. The video also talks about a new trim coming to the Tacoma and other models in the Toyota lineup – the Trail Hunter. It will reportedly give the pickup unique upgrades that make it better for off-roading and rock climbing.