It is evident that in the modern automotive industry most of the companies are focussing more on their pickup truck versions and they are also competing well against each other. In this context, it would be worth to mention that Toyota being one of the leading automobile manufacturers is ready to present their latest model as 2018 Toyota Tacoma. Let’s check review this model and see that what’s new in this for its buyers.
Actually, there won’t be substantial changes to this model. This model was redesigned for the 2016 model year. Then, it came with usual exterior changes and feature upgrades. It also got new Atkinson-cycle V-6 engine and better fuel economy. Toyota has also improved the frame structure with use of more high-tensile steel. Also, interior and tech features were upgraded. For the 2017 model year, Toyota adds TRD pro off-road oriented trim. The 2018 model will bring new color options and some equipment regrouping.
Exterior body of 2018 Toyota Tacoma
Toyota is always known for its explicit design in their vehicles. This time, 2018 version of Tacoma is also not an exception. In its front fascia, the eyes of its buyers will be attracted with a hexagonal grille, which is also integrated with headlights. The front bumper will have aggressive design and there will also be sculpted hood.
From the profile point of view, the model will feature a conservative design with soft lines and swollen fenders. However, the fender flares will look a bit oversized. There will also be TRD off-road and TRD pro versions with even more rugged appearance.
Inner specs, Features:
The inner cabin of 2018 Toyota Tacoma will continue to benefit from recent upgrades. The model will also add some new details and more standard equipment. It will use durable and high-quality materials which will cover all exposed surfaces. The dash will feature the simple design with easy to use controls.
The model will use the latest Entune infotainment system with a 7-inch screen and Smartphone compatibility. There will also be features like voice commands, Siri Eye Free, satellite radio, navigation, strong sound system, etc.
The model will also offer automatic climate control, leather upholstery, unique themed interiors, heated power adjustable seats, etc.
Off-road oriented versions will also add upgraded running hardware. They will include skid plates, special suspension, unique wheels, electronic rear differential, unique styling and so on.
2018 Toyota Tacoma: Powertrain Specs
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma will likely get two familiar engine options.
The base version will be of 2.7-liter 4 cylinder engine. The output figures should be around 160 hp and 180 pound-feet of torque.
Another variant will be 3.5-liter V6 engine, and it will be generating the power of around 280 HP and 265 lb-ft of torque. This engine works on more efficient Atkinson cycle and also uses variable intake system and direct injection. The result will be better performance and efficiency.
Talking about its transmission then, both the engines will come with 6-speed automated gearbox. Toyota should also offer a 6-speed manual for some versions. There will also be front- and all-wheel drive options.
EPA ratings should be close to the current numbers. Also, the model will be able to tow up to 6, 800 pounds in the most capable V-6 configuration.
2018 Toyota Tacoma: Worth and its availability
As of now no official declaration has been made by its makers, but there are split rumors in the market. One of them suggests that 2018 Toyota Tacoma will be available with a base price of around $25,000. In its top-spec version, it will exceed $40k. Considering its release date then this vehicle is likely to hit the market next spring.