Not so fast, GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado. The 2016 Toyota Tacoma is in town, and the midsize pickup is promising a fight.
Just last year, GM unveiled its pickup duo, and we can’t deny that the Colorado and Canyon upped the ante. It didn’t take long for Toyota to respond, and with the 2016 Tacoma reveal last week, it’s clear that Toyota will not be outdone. In fact, the new Tacoma is likely to once again become one of the most sought-after small trucks on the market.
Toyota promises to keep everything we love about the Tacoma, and add or update where it’s lacking.
“It’s going to be everything the current one is, but we’re going to raise the bar and make it better,” Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division, said.
So what is better? For starters, a more powerful and efficient powertrain. The Tacoma will be powered by a new 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V-6, which will come equipped with Toyota’s D-4S technology. While Toyota hasn’t released any numbers, they do say that this will be the most fuel efficient and powerful Tacoma ever built.
In addition, detroitnews.com notes that the automaker has used a higher-strength steel in the frame, and the exterior styling takes cues from the larger Tundra and 4Runner, including a bold, aggressive front end. Inside, shoppers will find a more edgy, fun style, paired with high-end materials and upgrades.
Look for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma to make its way to Empire Toyota in the fall!