A new generation of the Toyota Tacoma is on the way, and a design patent registration from Brazil gives us a sneak peek at the new truck. While we can’t know for sure if this is the styling of the version coming to the United States, the images give us a general idea of what to expect.
Up front, the Tacoma resembles the new Tundra. For example, there are small slats under each headlight. Both trucks also have rectangular fog lights that integrate into the lower part of the bumper. They share tightly woven hoods. The Tacoma gets additional intakes in the fender flares.
In profile, the truck has boxy fender flares. A creased section runs along the bottom of the doors and dips diagonally down the front.
At the rear, there are bracket-shaped taillights with a Tundra-like design. The rear window has a small opening window.
The included photos only let us see the exterior of the truck. The interior is still a mystery. Given the similarities on the outside, it’s likely that the cabin is similar to the Tundra.
The new Tacoma will reportedly be available with two engine options. A 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will come from the current Highlander, where the powerplant makes 265 horsepower (198 kW) and 309 pound-feet (419 Newton meters).
Another choice will be the hybrid-assisted turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder. This powerplant is currently available in the Lexus RX 500h where the setup makes 366 hp (272 kW) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque. Alternatively, the Toyota Crown has 340 hp (253 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm).
The new Tacoma reportedly rides on the TNGA-F platform. They are also under the lower tundra.
The document only provides very little information for this design filing. Brazil’s Ministério do Desenvolvimento, Indústria, Comércio e Serviços Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial published it on January 24, 2023. He listed the design authors as Matthew Niven Sperling, Scott Matthew Roller. Kengo Ivanga, and Yongmin Kang.
According to LinkedIn, Ivanga has been a senior lead designer. At Toyota’s Kalti Design Research since November 2009. Kang has been a senior lead designer. In Kalti since June 2018. Sperling has been. Involved with several patents for the automaker.