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An artists render by Ben Summerell-Youde/FOX Syndication | Car And Driver of what the 2023 Tacoma may look like.
UPDATE 5-19-22: It appears we'll all have to wait at least another year for the Gen 4 Tacoma. Yeah, that makes us sad too. On March 17, Toyota announced two new cosmetic packages available for the SR5. Then they stated that "Tacoma returns for 2023 with familiar faces." No talk of improved powertrains or a new chassis. Maybe this means that they're taking an extra year to make sure the 4th gen is something truly special!
Although Toyota has not officially announced it, they have given us some clues that 2023 will be the year for the next generation Tacoma. Primarly, that it will be built upon the new body-on-frame TNGA-F architecture. The 4th Generation 2022 Tundra is built on the same platform, as will the upcoming Sequoia and 4Runner. We imagine it will be styled very similar to the new tundra, with the bumper fascia flowing seemlessly into it's broad fenders. Toyota's EV Truck prototype features this same design feature. In addition to these new styling cues, we expect to see a stronger powertrain and upgraded interior comforts and technology.
It's no secret that the Tacoma has a reputation for being under-powered when dealing with tough, off-road obstacles. It's current base four-cylinder engine will likely be a much more powerful turbocharged V4 in the next gen model. The currently available six-cylinder engine gives you a bit more power on a tough trail climb, but it still puts up rookie numbers when compared to any of it's V6 competitors. Surely Toyota has heard us Taco owners asking for more power, and will deliver just that. We wouldn't be surprised to see a Hybrid-Six in the works to provide that extra juice we've been craving.
The 2022 Tundra introduced rear coil-over spring suspension in place of its standard leaf-spring setup. The 2023 Tacoma is sure to follow this important suspension upgrade, as it seems that many brands of trucks are moving away from leaf-springs a model at a time.
We'll probably see a new design to the the rear bumper and fenders.
We can only guess what available comfort features will be on deck, but we can take some cues from the Taco's big brother once again. A panoramic moonroof and power vertical rear window are likely to be available. Higher trims may feature leather seating or contrast stitching. The dash will likely be styled differently, and constructed with higher quality materials than previous generations. We'd expect the current 8-inch touchscreen will be replaced with a larger one, perhaps the 14-inch infotainment screen the new Tundra includes. All the common tech integrations like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be included, as is standard in any new vehicle these days.
Toyota's EV Truck Concept hints at new style cues we'll probably see in the next gen Tacoma.. Minus the grille that offers no airflow.
"How much is this new Tacoma going to set me back" you ask? Couldn't tell you, but we'd venture to guess the next-gen model is going to see a price increase across all trim levels. Hopefully not a huge increase, but perhaps a couple thousand each. Expect to see the same 6 available trims, as we've heard no rumors of changes to the lineup.
Here at Rago, we'll be designing all the best Tacoma overland parts & accessories we're known for. We'll have our modular storage molle panels, air systems, ditch light brackets, and more lined up for the next-gen model once the 2023 Tacoma hits the streets!
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