Whatever the terrain, the
Toyota Tacoma is king of the hill.
Rebuilt with an all-new powertrain and enhanced suspension tuning,
America’s best-selling mid-size pickup for ten years running is Lord of the
Rigs for dirt stomping adventurers. With
a legacy of off-road victories and over seven million units sold since 1964,
Toyota has revitalised the midsize truck segment with the introduction of the
all-new 2016 Tacoma.
“For the past 50 years
adventure-seeking Americans have relied on Toyota trucks to take them places,
on and off-road,” said Bill Fay, group vice president & general manager,
Toyota Division, adding that “The all-new home grown Tacoma is a tough truck
designed, developed and built for lifestyles of the young and young-at-heart.”
The new 2016 Tacoma was
primarily developed by the Toyota engineering team at Toyota Technical Center
in Ann Arbor, Mich. Starting with the
frame, they added high strength steel to enhance rigidity and overall
strength. Ultra-high strength steel was
integrated into the body shell using a new hot stamping process that reduces
To create a truck to meet the
needs of active drivers on a variety of tamed and untamed surfaces, the
suspension was fine-tuned to help deliver a smoother on-road ride, while making
it even more capable off-road.
The new Tacoma will be powered
by a 2.7-litre four-cylinder engine and an all-new, segment-first 3.5-litre
Atkinson cycle V6 equipped with Toyota’s D-4S technology, featuring both direct
and port fuel injection.
Both engines will be paired to
a new six-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift delivering quick
and easy shifting. The V6 can also be
mated to a new six-speed manual transmission.
The new powertrain makes the Tacoma more powerful and fuel efficient
than ever before.
The Tacoma shares big brother
Tundra’s more chiselled face, with a hex grille. From there, Tacoma expresses its own
Inspired by desert racing,
CALTY designers in Newport Beach, Calif. and Ann Arbor, Mich. made the new
Tacoma all about recreational action and athletic agility. To achieve this, the new Tacoma’s wheel
flares are strong and muscular for greater wheel travel and the high-lift image
reflects its purposeful capability. Four
new wheel designs range from 16 to 18 inches.
The front end portrays an
aggressive attitude with its bold upper grille and a taller, more muscular
hood. Mounted high above the
clamp-shaped bumper sits slim, high technology headlights that feature
projection beam lamps with available LED Daytime Running Lights.
The tailgate features an integrated
spoiler for improved aerodynamics and a stamped Tacoma logo. The tailgate also adds an easy lowering
feature, which allows it to slowly retract, preventing it from slamming down.
For the first time ever, Tacoma is available with a tri-fold hard tonneau cover
for securing gear when you’re away from the truck.
Once inside, drivers will
notice a “handlebar” design theme in the instrument panel for a more
driver-focused experience. Soft-wrapped
trim and metallic accents set the stage for a high-quality look and feel that
is a starting point for an array of available premium features.
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