All fans expected to see the first diesel Tacoma this season. However, the truck is not coming yet. But, this company never give up so easily. Development is still in process, and we will see it as 2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel. The Japanese carmaker is working on a new generation of their D-4D engines, and that is the main reason for a delay. Nevertheless, patience will pay off.
The new engine of 2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel will boost its overall performance. That is obvious. But, what about styling? The diesel version is not going to add any big part, so the look of this model will be pretty much the same as the petrol unit. Tiny details will unveil diesel variation on streets, such as D-4D stickers or unique colors.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel Engines and Specs
We are still waiting for official info about the engine lineup. There are no many solutions, but all of them are just rumors for now. The 2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel 4-cylinder drivetrain is a more likely option than a V-6. For a smaller truck than Tundra, engineers could opt out for a 2.7-liter unit, rather than 3.5-liter. Power output is either 180 hp or 250 hp, while the truck delivers massive torque. For four-banger, the output is going to be at least 280 pound-feet. A V-6 will go over 350 lb-ft.
Toyota Tacoma D-4D Powertrain
The D-4D is Toyota’s main weapon in diesel segment. This is a directly-injected unit, already used on Hilux. A 2.8-l engine has four cylinders and common rail system. High pressure creates an excellent mix of fuel, so owners of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel can have an easy start. Thanks to the electronic equipment, the D-4D system allows a driver to turn the key and start the engine immediately. With it, there is no need to wait for spark plugs to warm up. Of course, this system will also boost overall performance. It is going to improve power output, so the diesel unit can produce almost the same amount of energy as a petrol unit. On the other hand, emissions are lower, and MPG rate is getting a significant boost.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel Mileage and Towing Capacity
The gasoline version of the Tacoma pickup truck can go 21 mpg combined. Highway rate is 24 and city 19 mpg. The 2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel is going to raise the combined drive mileage to 30 mpg, which is quite impressive. But, we need to say that petrol unit is a V-6, while the diesel will be a 4-cylinder.
Small trucks are far away from towing records of their bigger siblings. Nevertheless, these can offer better fuel economy and handling. The diesel version of Tacoma will be also pretty capable to tow, with the maximum result over 7,000 pounds. If the truck gets a turbo-diesel, this number can go even closer to 7,500 lbs.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel Release Date
We are eagerly waiting for the confirmation of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel. It could happen soon. However, the more likely solution is that all fans and enthusiasts will have to wait. Toyota is probably planning to launch this version at the end of 2018. This will be probably the major upgrade to the Tacoma name, so diesel version is definitely debuting at some big auto show in the US.