Big changes are in plans for 2020 Toyota Tacoma. The Japanese carmaker planned to add a diesel engine for next season. Well, it seems like they are now giving up. However, we can say it is a delay, and the 2020 Tacoma will use a diesel powertrain. Nevertheless, there will be a few other changes as well. With an arrival of the Ford Ranger, the things are different in compact pickup truck segment. All companies are speeding up the development of their vehicles as a response to Ford’s challenge.
One of the truckmakers that will definitely have to act quick is Toyota. The Japanese company is a leader in many segments. With 2018 reserved for premieres of half-ton trucks for next season, in 2019 we will see more compact pickups. Expectations are big and 2020 Toyota Tacoma must not fail if it wants to keep the spot at the top.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Drivetrain
Current engine, a 2.7-liter four-cylinder is a reliable and durable option. It is not likely that Toyota will give up on it. However, revisit and power boost are what all fans of Tacoma can expect. At this moment, the drivetrain is capable to deliver 160 horses and 180 lb-ft of torque. The new setup could help 2020 Toyota Tacoma achieve 5-10 horses more. A six-speed automatic transmission remains the only gearbox, leaving buyers to pick power distribution to two or four wheels.
If a four-pot cemented its spot in 2020 Toyota Tacoma engine room, then we can expect the same from the V-6 unit. The base truck is cheap and easy to maintenance, but it doesn’t offer enough power for the real trucking. A 3.5-liter V-6 is the engine buyers like the most. It can produce 280 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Diesel Release in USA
The 2020 Toyota Tacoma will be the compact truck by this manufacturer to come with a diesel engine. It is almost certain that 2.8-liter D-4D mill will be the source of power. However, the major concern is an appearance in the USA. Strict regulations about emissions are the factor that makes most carmakers leave such idea. However, Toyota is sure they can make it. Well, the same is expected from Tundra, although its competition is already out there with diesel powertrains.
If the Japanese truckmaker opts for D-4D unit, then we will see the pickup with the capability to produce 180 horses. But, the main advantages of diesel units are their fuel economy and towing capacity. This drivetrain can help Tacoma achieve 30 mpg combined. It is stunning number compared to 22 mpg from gasoline mileage. Also, towing capability jumps to 7,500 pounds. With such record, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma will be able to compete with Chevy Colorado as a segment leader in towing.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Redesign
The new 2020 Toyota Tacoma won’t change too much outside the truck. Instead, designers will pay more attention to interior comfort and safety. We can’t speak about innovations and equipment since 2020 is still far away. But, the Tacoma will introduce the latest features, as always, while upper trim levels will offer more luxurious details and accessories.
TRD Pro Package
If you need the 2020 Toyota Tacoma for an off-road towing, then one of the TRD packages will be pretty helpful. TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road versions are pretty exciting, but these can’t match the look and performance of the TRD Pro set. With a Chevy Colorado ZR2, it makes Tacoma one of the best pickup trucks on the market.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Release Date
Next season will be the one when we will see more compact trucks. In 2018 fans saw premieres of many new full-size trucks. Tacoma, Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, were in the second plan. However, in 2019 we could see more novelties in this segment. Big car shows will host debuts. So, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma will be the truck we will see either in Detroit, New York, Chicago, or even maybe late in LA.