2017 was a very rough year for Toyota Tacoma truck. The vehicle is rough as it always was, with impressive off-road capabilities. However, its obsolescence we can’t avoid mentioning. Despite the recent redesign, driving is still hard, the steering is difficult and the cabin space is noisy. In addition, the driver’s position remained pretty uncomfortable. Modernization of the digital systems is good news. However, electronic novelties are not denying numerous shortcomings. All these lacks range the alarm in the Japanese company. It will try to make it all up with 2019 Toyota Tacoma.
Nevertheless, Tacoma is not so bad, but we put our focus on things buyers didn’t like. Upcoming model for 2019 will suffer many changes. We already wrote about hybrid and diesel versions. Furthermore, SR5 and TRD Pro packages can upgrade a truck, and with it overall impression about it. The redesign of 2019 Tacoma will make it more potent and attractive. So, what kinds of changes should we expect? First of all, engine lineup, with plug-in and diesel mills, will look more exciting. The exterior design will keep most of its appearance. Interior will get a boost with modern features and updates on infotainment system.
All in all, we can hear a lot of rumors about the 2019 Toyota Tacoma. However, it is not going to be enough for a new generation of mid-size truck. In our review find out the latest details we know about the pickup and its changes.
How Much will cost 2019 Toyota Tacoma?
Starting price of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma will not go much higher than for the current pickup. So, not more than $26,000 will cost the new truck with base equipment. One of the strengths of the Tacoma is its versatility and generous offer among its trim levels. The TRD Pro package brings the most luxurious features and systems, but it makes Tacoma $15,000 more expensive.
What Is Toyota Tacoma SR5 Package?
After the standard offer, the next higher trim is SR5. In this package, we will find Entune audio system. Outside, chrome bumper on the back and fog lights up front are standard. It will also add special wheels offer with different cab and engine configurations.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Drivetrain and Specs
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma will continue to use 4-cylinder and V-6 petrol units. These are very reliable and durable, so there is no reason to change them. An inline-four powertrain is a 2.7-liter engine, paired with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The drivetrain is capable to deliver 160 hp and 180 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while AWD comes optional.
The other petrol unit is a 3.5-liter V-6. It uses the same transmission system but adds part-time 4WD. From this drivetrain, we can squeeze 280 horses and 265 lb-ft of torque.
How Much Can Toyota Tacoma Tow?
Toyota Tacoma in 2019 will offer an additional package for towing. With it, truck’s capacity will rise to 6,800 lbs. Without it, models with the V-6 engine can tow 6,400 pounds, while 4-cylinder unit can pull only 3,500 lbs.
These numbers are expecting a significant boost with the arrival of a diesel drivetrain. It seems like that a 2.8-l 4-cylinder unit used by Hilux is the favorite to take the position under the hood. We can’t guess exact towing result increase, since turbo- and super-chargers are in the mix for 2019 Tacoma. Nevertheless, this will add another option for buyers. However, for the US market, the diesel version is still uncertain due to high emissions.
We still don’t have a pickup truck with a help of electric batteries. However, Tesla recently presented all-electric semi-truck, and other companies are developing their hybrids. Of course, Ford F-150 is a leader there, and fans can expect the first plug-in truck in 2018. However, Toyota, as the company that has numerous hybrids in other classes, comes with a response. It might use a base 2.7-l unit to pair it with electric motors and make the truck more capable. With hybrid pickup, we will see a more fuel-friendly vehicle with better towing capability.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Trim Levels and Cab Configuration
There are two versions of cabs for Tacoma. Model for 2019 will keep both Access and Double cab configurations. Also, the bed lengths are at buyers’ choice. The new 2019 Toyota Tacoma will come with 5- or 6-feet long box. Compared to the standard model, the most exciting TRD Pro also offers 16-inch off-road wheels. Limited slip is there for the easier ride in slower driving. There are also undercarriages. On the design side, TRD Pro does not differ greatly with the exception of a few labels. In the past we could see mud graphics, but not on 2019 Tacoma.
From the entry-level truck to the TRD Pro package, we will see different configurations of 2019 Toyota Tacoma. Not only that top of the class series is offering extra features, but it is the case with a base pickup. The Tacoma SR is equipped fine with many systems and features. However, some parts of the Entune audio is optional. Also, remote keyless entry is another feature not available by default, but as an additional option.
One of the safest trucks on the market is Tacoma. It offers plenty of systems to provide security for driver and passengers. Safety sense system with pre-collision and pedestrian detection are standard on all trims. Also, we will find in SR and TRD Pro: VSC, TRAC, and ABS. Airbag system is in an advanced level, so it keeps the knees. Rear door locks for children are available from SR5 trim.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Release Date
The new 2019 Toyota Tacoma should arrive by the end of 2018. Many changes, including diesel and hybrid, will dictate the tempo of debuts. At first, we will see a standard model in all trim levels. Probably the diesel will come with it, while the hybrid is expected in 2019. However, it is not certain yet. But, if Tacoma wants to compete with GMC Canyon, Chevy Colorado, and Nissan Frontier, it must be on time.