We have new information from an anonymous insider source that the upcoming 2024 Toyota Tacoma will offer a choice of two powertrains: a 2.4L turbocharged I4 or a 2.4L turbo Hybrid Max powerplant. The source also says that a new Tacoma TrailHunter edition is coming. Here are all the details.
We don’t official confirmation from Toyota on this. We also do not officially know whether the next-gen Tacoma will be a 2024 model. The current-generation 2023 Tacoma is already on sale now.
2024+ Toyota Tacoma
Toyota is already producing and selling its 2.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine for its 2023 Toyota Highlander SUV. In the Highlander, this powerplant is rated at 265 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque. In the Tacoma pickup truck, this engine is likely to be tuned differently with a bit of extra horsepower and torque. The Highlander Turbo is rated at 24 MPG, and we expect the Tacoma Turbo to approach this level of efficiency as well.
Then there is the Toyota Hybrid Max power plant. It pairs the 2.4L turbo engine with one or more electric motors for additional power and efficiency. For example, the new 2023 Toyota Crown Hybrid Max 2.4L gas/electric hybrid is rated at a total power of 340 horsepower and 400.4 lb-ft of torque. In the Crown, it’s mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission – not a CVT.
The entire midsize truck segment is moving towards smaller displacement turbocharged engines. The Ford Ranger has had a 2.3L turbo since its 2019 model year. The all-new 2023 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon will offer several versions of GM’s 2.7L turbo I4. It makes sense that Toyota will follow along with engine downsizing. This offers more power, more torque, and better efficiency.
What about reliability and longevity? We will have to wait and see to find out.
As a separate note, we do not have official confirmation on whether the next Tacoma will still offer a manual transmission option. It appears unlikely. However, we have images of the next Tacoma prototype with rear disc brakes (not drums).