Well, the company didn’t officially write off chances for the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel to appear. The Japanese truckmaker did it with Tundra though. After years of speculation, we still don’t have any clues about this drivetrain. Well, the mid-size pickup could share the powerplant with its overseas sibling, Hilux. But, it requires a lot of work before it meets US standards.
So, the major question is – does the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel pays off to the company? Well, Chevy Colorado is using it, and now Jeep Gladiator as well. We can hear Ford is planning to do the same with the Ranger. So, Toyota will find it harder to keep up with the competition. On the other hand, we can’t imagine what a combination would be if the company pairs diesel engine and the TRD Pro package.
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Is it good or bad? Well, fans would like to hear that the diesel unit is in plans for 2021 Tacoma. But, on the other hand, we would say it is not likely to happen. These units are having a hard time with more strict regulations and emission problems. Efficiency is the key and it is a lot easier to achieve good results with petrol units. Still, the Japanese company is not denying the truck, which leaves the door open for the possible arrival in the future. Will it be in 2021?
2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel vs Hybrid
Having the major stumbling block in mind (efficiency), we come to another question – is Tacoma getting a hybrid unit? Well, it will definitely meet EPA requirements way easier. But, these powertrains are not so capable of towing. No hybrid setup can match the capacities of diesel and their hauling potential. Two leaders in the mid-size segment can pull 7,700 (Colorado) and 7,650 pounds (Gladiator). You can guess – both of them are using diesel units. But, most experts believe that technology is going to evolve and electric sources of power will be more capable of towing. By adding the hybrid drivetrain to the truck class, Toyota would take the pole position for future evolution.
Which Engines are Options?
There are a few diesel units available for Toyota vehicles outside the US. With tuning, these could meet emission standards for the North American market. We have in mind powerplant Hilux is offering. Definitely, a 2.8-liter displacement seems to be a perfect choice. It is also the most favorite drivetrain among Hilux fans. It can produce 180 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque, which is good enough to call it a match of a 2.8-liter Duramax engine, used by Chevy Colorado. A 2.5-liter turbodiesel is another cool option. In this case, 2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel would get 150 hp and 255 pound-feet.
2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel – Conclusion
A diesel engine would definitely help the Japanese company achieve better results in the market. On the other hand, it is easy to say. The development costs a lot, and at this point, chiefs are not confident the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel would success, especially with the growing competition. The truckmaker would rather focus on the hybrid system.