We are still waiting for the official confirmation of Tacoma Diesel USA release date. Well, Toyota must hurry up with development, since new trucks are arriving. The competition will be tougher in the mid-size truck segment. Ford Ranger is here, and the Blue Oval company announced plans to add diesel and V6 engines. So, the diesel version of Toyota Tacoma, already delayed in 2018 and 2019, must be ready for 2020 season.
The Japanese carmaker is still quiet about it. They won’t release any statement until they reach the final phases of development. However, fans are waiting, and many of them are disappointed with delays and prolonged Tacoma Diesel USA arrival.
Toyota Tacoma Diesel Engines
The major question concerning the Tacoma Diesel is what engine will be the choice. Well, there are few available units, and we can also count on a new drivetrain. But, let’s check the existing mills.
One of the favorites to be the power source of the Tacoma Diesel is a 2.8-liter engine we can find in the Toyota Hilux. This drivetrain is pretty capable, but it must be tuned for the US market. First of all, because of emissions. Also, Toyota Tacoma Diesel needs an engine that will be competitive to Chevy Colorado diesel. Its biggest rival is getting 180 hp and 370 lb-ft from its turbodiesel 2.8-l unit. Tacoma can get enough power from Hilux’s 2.8-l unit, but torque will go up to 320 pound-feet.
Another option is to build the Tacoma Diesel with a smaller displacement. Obviously, the truck would lose the battle in towing, but other gains are numerous. Better fuel economy, cheaper maintenance, more affordable starting price, are some of the advantages of a possible 2.4-liter unit. Again, the base engine of the Toyota Hilux will need a revisit before it becomes available for the US version of the Tacoma Diesel.
Under the hood of the Toyota Tacoma Diesel, we could see the new unit. Well, not quite new, since the Japanese company could build it upon its 1KD-FTV. It is a 3.0-liter diesel engine which could meet the torque challenge set by Chevy Colorado. But, on the other hand, full-size trucks, Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, and Ram 1500 are using engines with the same volume. So, this one could be too big for a mid-size class. Anyway, engineers could downtune this model to make it capable for the Tacoma.
Release Date of Tacoma Diesel
Chevy Colorado is already offering a diesel engine. Ford announced that its Ranger will get this kind of drivetrain. Toyota, as a leader in the mid-size pickup segment, must be the next to launch it if they don’t want to slip down the pecking order. Well, the exact release date is still unknown, but fans believe the first appearance of this kind of engine will be on the 2020 Toyota Tacoma.
Price Speculations and TRD Pro Diesel
As for the release date, rumors are all we can hear. Well, some say the Diesel Tacoma will be more expensive by $2,000 than the versions with a V6 engine. Also, the new engine will be available for the TRD Pro model, which could make the truck unstoppable in any situation.