Change comes to the Toyota Tacoma at a speed that just about matches the formation of the mountain that gave the compact pickup its name. But Toyota is teasing that there might be something new coming at the Chicago Auto Show next month.
Toyota’s Tacoma pickup was launched in 1995, and it didn’t take long for the North American replacement for the Hilux to gain an almost legendary reputation. It’s seen a handful of refreshes over the years, but it’s one of the very few vehicles that have looked largely the same for nearly a quarter century. Now it looks like it’s getting a facelift.
The last update for the Tacoma was in 2015 at the Detroit Auto Show, so it’s probably just due for a styling change this year. But that teaser from Toyota doesn’t really make it clear just how much new truck we’re going to get.
So what can we tell from the teaser? The mirrors seem to be the same, for a start. But there are some visible changes. Like new horseshoe LED-light tube accents on the headlights and what appear to be LEDs for the headlights themselves. The curve of the hood above the lights looks flatter, and the grille surround seems to be both taller and more upright, making the entire hood flatter. So more of the same Tacoma, but with some slight upgrades. Which is probably exactly what the compact (or is that midsize now?) pickup buyers are looking for.
But that’s really about it. Does it get a new engine? Probably not, the 3.5L V6 hasn’t been in there that long. Does it get a new infotainment system? Hopefully, since the current one looks extremely dated. And any tall drivers will be hoping for a lower seat or higher roof. But that’s all just speculation. Will there be a rockslide of changes or a spring snowfall greening up? We’ll find out for sure on February 7th at Toyota’s Chicago Auto Show press conference.
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