If there was one new vehicle that is exciting many at the moment, it is the new Toyota Tacoma. The 2024 Tacoma is promising a lot, including an electric version. But perhaps biggest of all is the fact the new Tacoma is getting a major redesign compared to the outgoing generation. Officially, Toyota has yet to reveal the new truck. However, the electric concept and leaked patent images gives us a strong indication as to what it will look like.
Design patents for the new truck have also leaked from Brazil. So we have a pretty firm idea of what to expect from Toyota’s latest pickup truck. And what we have on offer is a rugged, tough design. One that updates the Tacoma and brings it more inline with Toyota’s current off-roading and SUV range. Our in-house digital artist, Timothy Adry Emmanuel has used the leaked patent drawings and the electric concept to create a render of what the final production model would look like, and it leaves us amazed.
The 2024 Tacoma Sports A Rugged New Exterior Design
The design for the new 2024 Tacoma is set to be quite different compared to the outgoing generation. Design cues from the Tundra have carried across to the Tacoma, such as the slats that are underneath the headlights. The front fascia also sports the more durable and tough looking grille design. This includes the redesigned cooling vents and a more angular overall appearance. The truck will also sport black, plastic wheel fenders, if the design of the EV concept is anything to go by. As these are to take the brunt of any force from off-road driving, it makes sense for them not to be in body color. Teasers have also indicated that Fox suspension and rear disc brakes will be a feature of the 2024 Tacoma TRD Pro.
The electric version of the Tacoma will sport slight differences over the standard version. Going by the concept, for example, the mesh grille will feature a flsh design. This gives the fascia a cleaner appearance. Although there is a mesh-like pattern in the EV’s grille design. There are likely to be other subtle differences between the two as well, which will be more noticeable on the unveiled design. An EV version of the Tacoma will allow Toyota to compete with the likes of Ford, Chevrolet and Rivian in the electric pickup world.
How Radical Is The 2024 Tacoma Redesign?
In terms of how radical the overall design is, Toyota are going more for evolution rather than revolution. So while Toyota look like they are giving the pickup quite the refresh, some traits will carry over. The overall shape of the Tacoma will remain largely the same. Except now the 2024 model will sport a sharper overall design compared to the outgoing model. The possible integration of an LED lightbar in the hood should also help the new Tacoma to stand out from its predecessor.
The outgoing Tacoma does need a refresh. But it is still a brawny enough looking truck that anything major isn’t required. It's rare that the major pickup truck manufacturers dramatically alter the design language of their trucks. The interior is the likely area where the Tacoma will get the biggest redesign. A redesigned steering wheel is visible in various spy photos. And a new digital dash is likely to be a part of the new truck. A larger touchscreen and instrument cluster screen look like they would become the headline features of the redesigned interior. A big step up from the current Tacoma.
A Variety Of Powertrains Are Coming With The 2024 Tacoma
The Tacoma currently has a V6 engine under the hood. But that is highly likely to get replaced by two four-cylinder engines. This is inline with Chevrolet’s new Colorado. It's expected that the base option is the turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine from the Toyota Highlander. This makes around 265 hp. We also now know thanks to a TRD Pro teaser that the new Tacoma will go hybrid. An I-Force Max badge on the tailgate is similar to the one that we can see on the Tundra. The expectation is that this engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit, making up to 366 hp including with its electric motor. This may be the same unit found in the Lexus RX Hybrid. Toyota are bringing the Tacoma firmly inline with other pickup trucks by offering up a hybrid option.
The Tacoma isn't the only truck coming from Toyota this year though. The company has also given us a few glimpses of the Trailhunter, a truck that Toyota say is developed from the ground up for those who love extended adventures. Other than teaser images, we know very little about the Trailhunter but it is coming in 2024 according to Toyota.
The Wait For The 2024 Tacoma Is Nearly Over
With the truck coming for the 2024 model year, we shouldn’t have to wait much longer before we finally see it in the flesh. The 2024 Tacoma should make its full debut later on in 2023, with production following not long after. The wait for official images of the truck has certainly been a long time coming. Given that the 2023 Tacoma currently starts at around $29,085, you would expect the 2024 model to be around that figure. Perhaps slightly higher, adjusted for the usual inflation and tech upgrades. Fingers crossed, all the rumors and speculation regarding the new Tacoma will be over very soon. We’ve waited long enough to find out just what the new pickup truck will be like.