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Toyota unveils the newest generation of the Tacoma

Joe Mendes | Published on January 26 2015

It had been ten years since we last saw a new generation of the Toyota Tacoma. The previous generation of the model has been on the market since 2004 without forming too many wrinkles, and with the popularity of the segment decreasing in recent years, there was no reason for Toyota to immediately develop a new Tacoma.

That being said, the segment is about to see a resurgence in popularity and the Tacoma, the most popular model in the class for a long time, had to keep up to date with a renewed version. Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new Tacoma has indeed been completely redesigned with a style that resembles the imposing Tundra. That being said, the Tacoma has its own personality and his own style that is unique enough to differentiate it from its big brother.

Inside, a large center console adorned with several large buttons reminds us that we are in a truck, but overall it is more refined and elegant. The high quality of the materials is particularly noteworthy, and we find inside some high-tech features like a central touchscreen through which we access most of the Tacoma’s functions.

There will be several engines offered with the Tacoma. The entry-level engine will be a four-cylinder, 2.4-liter that we saw in the previous generation. In the current Tacoma, this engine develops 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. The power of the new four-cylinder found in the Tacoma should be about the same.

The big news is the 3.5-liter V6. The latter will have an Atkinson cycle and direct as well as port fuel injection. Power numbers have not been announced, but fuel consumption should be very reasonable for a V6 given the level of technology found inside the engine.

A 6-speed automatic gearbox will be standard. It can send its power to the rear wheels or all four wheels. There will be four versions of Tacoma available to Canadian consumers: the SR5, TRD, TRD Off-Road, and Limited.

The Off-Road version will be equipped with several features that will help it get through almost any kind of terrain. Features like a rear limited slip differential, hill descent control and a hill start control will be found on the new Tacoma TRD Off-Road.

Pricing information is yet to be known, but it should be available shortly. For more information, contact us today at Mendes Toyota!

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