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Next-gen 2024 Toyota Tacoma nearly production ready, spied with new features

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A new version of the next-gen Toyota Tacoma has been spotted, and the midsize truck looks nearly production ready as a 2024 model.

This truck, unlike prior spy photos we have received, looks like it has real Tacoma parts on, rather than parts borrowed from the Tundra. We also see changes to the rear suspension, further solidifying the rumors of a coil-link suspension like we see on the Toyota Tundra.

2024 Toyota Tacoma debuts soon

The spy photographer says:
The next-generation has finally begun testing with its production body panels, as revealed in this new prototype with refined proportions, necessitating a complete set of camouflage.

All prior Tacoma prototypes were using modified Toyota Tundra body panels, resulting in some rather clumsly, awkward proportions, but the shape of this new prototype looks much more production-ready. Completely new camouflage has been employed due to the all-new body panels affixed to this prototoype. We see a smaller, more aggressive grille design hiding behind the camouflage mesh, with a completely new front bumper design. A low air diffuser sits at the bottom of the front-fascia, appearing to house a set of tow hooks.

The profile reveals a lower hood line, a new windshield with what appears to be a smoother rake, and a larger cab than was suggested on the initial mules. It looks like the Tacoma may address its rather tight rear seats, with a more spacious cabin. We also see sleeker side mirrors, which had always been overly-large units sourced from the Tundra on all of the prior mules.

The rear-end shows new camouflage, with a completely reworked mesh treatment. The mesh is now also found on the tailgate, suggesting a new tail-light treatment. If the tail-lights actually reach into the tailgate, it would represent a total departure from anything in Toyota’s current, or past truck lineup.

The rear sweeper camouflage persists, in an effort to hide a carryover of some version of the Tundra’s coil spring rear suspension design. There are no leaf springs in sight, and the camo is identical to what was applied when Toyota was trying to hide the Tundra’s move to rear coils.

Now that testing has begun to move away from the mule stage, we hope to see other variants and trim levels testing, so we can see how Toyota plans to attack the renewed competition coming from all directions in the rejuvenated midsize truck market.

The bottom line

Our guess is the 2024 Toyota Tacoma will be shown soon like at the 2023 New York Auto Show in April or sometime this summer with production to begin in the fall of 2023 making it a 2024 model year vehicle. I’d also think there will be new powertrains including a hybrid version while a full battery electric version will come out later. Expect to see this new midsize Tacoma to continue to dominate the market even with a new 2024 Ford Ranger coming out as well as the GM twin midsize trucks heading to dealer lots this spring.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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  1. Jared January 18, 2023

    Just watched the Video…. can’t wait till finally see this thing and find out what it really is all about. Chicago seems a little early and don’t want to steal Grand Highlander’s thunder so New York seems likely which I had forgot about until you mentioned.

    Thanks again for the updates!

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