Unveiling the 2024 Toyota Tacoma: A Spectacular Glimpse into the Future of Trucks!

Embrace the clichés. Aged like fine wine, timeless as the earth itself, embodying the essence of its glory days. Such descriptions easily apply to the present-day Toyota Tacoma available for purchase. Certain aspects of Toyota's ubiquitous midsize truck harken back to its initial introduction in the mid-'90s in America—a historical relic in the fast-paced world of modern automobiles .

However, the legions of devoted Tacoma owners, past and present, remain unperturbed. They have been preoccupied with conquering treacherous trails strewn with boulders, navigating rugged overland routes, pushing the limits on desert tracks, and maneuvering through urban jungles in Tacomas of all shapes and sizes for decades. Convincing them to consider trading up for the all-new, American-made 2024 Tacoma might require some effort .

Nevertheless, once they comprehend the immense design and engineering prowess infused into the new fourth-generation Tacoma, they will eagerly queue up to embark on off-road adventures with the all-new Trailhunter variant and explore every other feature-rich model in the 2024 Tacoma lineup, ranging from four-cylinder turbocharged options to hybridized versions. These vehicles will grace the showrooms of Toyota dealerships later this year.

Leading the charge in developing the new truck is Tacoma's chief engineer, Sheldon Brown, who fully grasped the significance of the endeavor. "For 19 years, we have dominated this segment. We needed to be daring and provide our customers with choices," he emphasized.


Harnessing the iForce for Good

Bid farewell to the tried-and-true 2.7-liter naturally aspirated I-4, faithfully powering every generation of the Tacoma until now. Alongside it, bid adieu to the 3.5-liter V-6. Both engines have made way for Toyota's novel motivating force—a new 2.4-liter turbocharged i-Force inline four-cylinder engine lineup. Standing at the forefront is the i-Force Max hybridized variant, generating a staggering 326 horsepower and an impressive 465 lb-ft of torque. Such prodigious torque, commencing at a mere 1,700 rpm, necessitated adjustments to the throttle mapping to maintain control. Below, you'll find a breakdown of the powertrain options, including the commendable inclusion of a six-speed manual transmission in both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations. The outgoing six-speed automatic has been replaced by an eight-speed counterpart.

• Base 2.4-liter turbo (SR only), 228 hp/243 lb-ft and eight-speed automatic

• i-Force 2.4-liter turbo, 270 hp/310 lb-ft and six-speed manual

• i-Force 2.4-liter turbo, 278 hp/317 lb-ft and eight-speed automatic

• i-Force Max 2.4-liter turbo hybrid, 326 hp/465 lb-ft and eight-speed automatic

The most popular powertrain option is expected to be the 278-horsepower version with the eight-speed automatic transmission. Interestingly, it shares the same horsepower figure as the top-trim model featuring the outgoing V-6 engine and boasts the highest towing capacity of 6,500 pounds. Furthermore, the base engine surpasses its predecessor, offering a remarkable increase of 69 horsepower and 63 lb-ft of torque compared to the dependable yet aged 2.7-liter four-cylinder. Moreover, all versions are anticipated to deliver superior fuel efficiency compared to the outgoing engines, as certified by the EPA.Stealing the spotlight in the i-Force lineup is the Max turbo-four, showcasing power figures that overshadow anything previously witnessed in the Tacoma. This concept bears resemblance to the twin-turbo V-6 variant prop


 Trailhunter Tacoma Takes the Lead Among Truck Trims

Trailhunter, the latest addition to Toyota's Tacoma lineup, aims to establish itself as an iconic trim, joining the ranks of well-known variants like SR5, TRD Pro, and PreRunner. This off-road powerhouse, equipped with the i-Force Max powertrain, an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case with high/low range, and an electronically activated rear locking differential, was developed in collaboration with ARB, a specialist in off-road accessories. Utilizing the TNGA-F high-strength boxed, steel-ladder frame global truck platform shared with the Tundra and Sequoia, the Trailhunter embodies a rugged and capable overlander right out of the box.

The Trailhunter comes packed with a range of enticing features that would make any Tacoma enthusiast ecstatic. These include top-notch enhancements such as position-sensitive, 2.5-inch forged monotube shocks from Old Man Emu (OME) with rear external piggyback-style remote reservoirs, a bed utility bar featuring removable MOLLE panels, 33-inch Goodyear Territory R/T tires, Rigid LED foglamps, a sturdy steel rear bumper, rear recovery points, rock rails, high-strength steel skid plates, and more. Moreover, the Trailhunter boasts unique design elements like a bronze heritage grille and other distinctive accents.

Similar to other Tacoma models, the Trailhunter is available in both 5- and 6-foot bed sizes and comes in the Double Cab configuration (except for the new two-door XtraCab trim, available on SR, SR5, and TRD PreRunner). It also offers a wide range of optional ARB-specific accessories and other Toyota-approved add-ons.

The 2024 Tacoma introduces an array of new features and configurations across its lineup. Notably, the addition of a multilink, coil-spring rear suspension system is standard on most models, replacing the traditional leaf-spring design (though still available on SR, SR5 XtraCab, and TRD PreRunner with slight modifications). Depending on the chosen Tacoma variant, there are various drivetrain options, including a 4x2 setup with an automatic limited-slip differential (with an optional rear e-locker), a 4x4 with a two-speed transfer case and traction control (also available on Trailhunter), or a full-time 4x4 with a two-speed transfer case and center diff lock. Additionally, the Tacoma can be equipped with a new electronic front stabilizer bar disconnect, offering 10% more flexibility compared to the previous model, making it easier to tackle challenging terrains. The crawl control system and multi-terrain select have also been enhanced for improved performance and usability.


Aside from the Trailhunter, the Tacoma lineup comprises seven other grades, each with its own distinctive features. Here's a brief overview:

- SR (XtraCab, Double Cab): Base engine, optional i-Force engine with a six-speed manual transmission, leaf springs, twin-tube shocks, and 17-inch wheels.

- SR5 (XtraCab, Double Cab): i-Force engine, multilink rear suspension on Double Cab, leaf springs on XtraCab, twin-tube shocks, and 17-inch wheels.

- TRD PreRunner (XtraCab): i-Force engine, 4x2 with electronically activated rear locking differential, leaf springs, front lift, twin-tube shocks, and 17-inch wheels.

- TRD Sport (Double Cab): i-Force engine, optional i-Force engine with manual transmission, red TRD sport-tuned twin-tube shocks, and TRD Sport 18-inch wheels.

- TRD Off-Road (Double Cab): i-Force engine (i-Force Max or i-Force/manual transmission optional), Bilstein monotube remote reservoir shocks, multi-terrain select, electronically activated rear locking differential, optional front stabilizer bar disconnect and 33-inch tires, composite skid plates, 17- or 18-inch black TRD wheels.

- Limited (Double Cab): i-Force engine (i-Force Max with full-time 4x4 optional), adaptive variable suspension, 18-inch chrome-clad wheels, power running boards, and tailgate.

- TRD Pro (Double Cab): i-Force Max standard, 2.5-inch Fox internal-bypass manual modal Quick Switch 3 shocks, red "TRD" forged aluminum upper control arms, IsoDynamic Performance seat, electronically activated rear locking differential, front stabilizer bar disconnect, aluminum front skid plate, Rigid LED fog lamps, ARB steel rear bumper with red recovery hooks, 33-inch Goodyear Territory R/T tires, and 18-inch black TRD Pro wheels.

Enhanced Exterior Toughness, Upgraded Interior Technology

The transformation in the 2024 Tacoma lineup, in terms of style, is evident without requiring exceptional observation skills. However, the TRD Pro stands out as the most impressive and aggressive-looking variant among the new Tacoma lineup, excluding the Trailhunter. Its design is sharp, angular, and exudes a fierce appearance, accentuated by its aggressively flared fenders. One can easily imagine it racing down the Baja 1000 route, leaving behind a trail of billowing dust. On the other hand, the Trailhunter embodies a vibe of setting up camp after conquering rugged two-track roads and steep inclines. The TRD Sport and Limited models strike a more urban truck aesthetic.

All these models have been meticulously crafted by Toyota's North American CALTY design centers in California and Michigan, aiming to embody what the company defines as "Tacoma-ness." This essence is characterized by a lifted stance, large tires, a sleek body, and a powerful athletic presence. For the most part, Toyota has succeeded in achieving this vision. Notable design elements include high-mounted LED headlights, various interpretations of the hexagonal grille, hood scoops, functional side air intakes, integrated roof and tailgate spoilers, and other features depending on the model.

In terms of dimensions, the engineers prioritized maintaining the truck's ability to fit in garages based on feedback from current Tacoma owners. Despite having a wheelbase that is approximately 4 inches longer, the overall length of the new truck remains largely unchanged. Toyota has managed to achieve an impressive maximum ground clearance of 9.5 inches, a running ground clearance of up to 11 inches, and notable approach, breakover, and departure angles of 33.8 degrees, 23.5 degrees, and 25.7 degrees respectively. While the width has increased by up to 4 inches due to more substantial front and rear quarter panels and fender flares, the height has only marginally increased. The width between the doors remains approximately the same to preserve the truck's slim appearance and facilitate easy entry and exit.

Stepping inside the 2024 Tacoma, various new technological features are available depending on the model. One standout highlight is the IsoDynamic Performance seat, introduced in the TRD Pro. This pioneering seat incorporates an adjustable shock absorber system, ensuring drivers experience minimal head toss and body sway when traversing undulating terrain at high speeds.

Apart from the innovative seat, several other updates and enhancements adorn the interior, varying by trim level. These include an 8.0-inch or an optional 14.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, a base 7.0-inch gauge cluster or an optional 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster with four different styles, a standard smart key with push-button start and phone-based digital or smart card keys, additional underseat rear storage space for non i-Force Max models, MOLLE storage panels on the center console and door panels, B-pillar grab handles, provisions for 3D-printed accessories, a 10-speaker JBL sound system, and a removable JBL Bluetooth speaker. Toyota's latest Safety Sense 3.0 suite, an impressive collection of driver assistance technologies, is standard across the lineup, with additional optional features available.

 Considering all the changes introduced, Toyota has not only infused a bold and audacious spirit into its iconic truck, particularly with the TRD Pro and Trailhunter editions but has also elevated its powertrain and dynamic capabilities to a more sophisticated and mature level. The Tacoma lineup now offers a broader and more comprehensive range of options than ever before. This combination of boldness, refinement, and diversity is poised to maintain the Tacoma's dominant position in the midsize truck segment, regardless of its age.

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