The Toyota Tacoma has been the bestseller in the midsize pickup segment since the last ten years. In recent times, most of the competitors have caught up with the legendary Japanese pickup, prompting Toyota to sit up and take action.
The Japanese carmaker is bringing a slew of comprehensive updates to the Tacoma for 2020. The pickup will debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Revised styling, upgraded infotainment system, and more features inside will be a few of the key highlights of the updates.
The 2020 Toyota Tacoma receives an available TRD Pro off-road kit.
Toyota has given the Tacoma a new grille, while some trims also get LED lighting all around. The taillamps have been revised with dark housing. The dark theme is carried over onto some of the available wheel patterns. A new 10-way power-adjustable driver seat and the new upgraded infotainment system are the highlights of the interior with the latter now equipped with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa compatibility.
Toyota has also provided an electronic safety suite standard across the Tacoma range. You get collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro also gets a surround-view monitoring system with selectable front, side, or rear views.
The 2020 Toyota Tacoma is offered in extended-cab and crew-cab configurations, along with two powertrains to choose from. The entry-level engine is a 2.7-litre inline-four making 159hp and 245Nm. This engine is only available with a six-speed automatic transmission. A bigger option is the 3.5-litre V6 generating 278hp and 360Nm. You can spec the V6-powered Toyota Tacoma with either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox.
Along with the crew cab body style pictured above, Toyota will also offer an extended-bed configuration.
Toyota claims the Tacoma can tow loads of up to three tonnes. The company is bringing the updated pickup in a TRD Pro avatar along with TRD Pro versions of the Tundra full-size pickup and 4Runner SUV to the Chicago Auto Show.