We recently saw some spy photos of the 2024 Toyota Tacoma, and while it was still really well camouflaged, this gives us a really good idea of what we can expect from the next-gen midsize truck.
So, here are some of our guesses.
As we saw from the spy photographer’s notes, the new suspension on the Tacoma will be heavily influenced by the 2022 Toyota Tundra. We anticipate the 2024 Tacoma will use an adaptation of the Tundra’s architecture, and from the spy shots, we see the same mounting points for the coil springs and rear suspension details.
Though the interior of the test mule in the spy shots was rough (think wires sticking out everywhere), based on the new Tundra and Sequoia interiors, I think we have a really good idea of what it will look like. We’ll see upgraded materials throughout, a larger center-stack touch-screen display, the new Toyota infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, available wireless charging and an available digital gauge cluster.
On the TRD Pro model, we anticipate the camouflaged moldings and interior surfaces will carry over from the Tundra – along with the bolder red accents, aluminum sport pedals and a sportier steering wheel.
If you look at the previous generation Tundra, you can see it heavily influenced the exterior design of the Tacoma. Including the grille. So, for better or worse, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the mustachioed grille of the Tundra making its way to the Taco. While we can always hope it’ll get the closed-off Sequoia grille, signs point to a more consistent and radical design for the 2024 Tacoma.
Toyota seems hell bent on hybridizing all the things. The new Sequoia has a hybrid-only powertrain, as does the Sienna. The Corolla Cross just got a hybrid powertrain as well. Not to mention the fact the upper tiers of the Tundra lineup are also hybrid only.
So, it stands to reason the Tacoma will either be 100% hybrid or have a hybrid powertrain option. Both the RAV4 hybrid and Sienna come equipped with a 2.5-liter hybrid engine, so rather than the iForce Max we see in the Tundra, this will be the likelier bet. It delivers 245 horsepower in the Sienna and 219 horsepower in the RAV4. Since the current V-6 in the Tacoma delivers 278 horsepower, we’d hope the 2024 Tacoma would be tuned more like the Sienna.
Toyota is still pumping out special package highlights for the 2023 Tacoma, so we don’t expect any 2024 news from the automaker until early 2023 with a full reveal sometime in mid-2023. If the 2022 Tundra is anything to go by, we can expect months (and months) of a slow tease with sneak peaks and dealer leaks.