Toyota has unveiled the 2024 Toyota Tacoma, featuring a diverse range of eight variants, including the Trailhunter and TRD PreRunner models. This release signifies Toyota’s notable transition in their off-road vehicle lineup, as they have embraced the TNGA-F platform—an offshoot of the widely acclaimed Toyota New Global Architecture. By utilizing a robust boxed steel ladder frame shared with the Tundra and Sequoia, this platform ensures durability and strength for the Tacoma.
Regarding the available engine choices, Toyota has made a notable change to the Tacoma lineup by discontinuing the V-6 engine. Instead, all fourth-generation Tacomas now feature a turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-four engine coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission (with the possibility of a 6-speed manual on specific trims). The base tuning offers 228 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque, while the mid-grade i-Force engine is available in both manual (270 hp, 310 lb-ft) and automatic (278 hp, 317 lb-ft) variants.
At the pinnacle lies the i-Force Max, a remarkable 2.4-liter inline-four engine, delivering an astonishing 326 horsepower and an impressive 465 lb-ft of torque. With these updated engine configurations, the new models exhibit increased torque compared to their predecessors, while also aiming to improve fuel efficiency.
Toyota categorizes the various trims of the Tacoma as “grades,” and there are a total of eight grades available. Among them, six (SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro) have been retained from the previous generation, while two are fresh additions: Trailhunter and the reintroduced PreRunner Model.
Catering to the needs of overlanding and off-road enthusiasts, the Trailhunter grade presents a host of distinctive features including specialized shocks by Old Man Emu courtesy of ARB, robust steel skid plates, an onboard air compressor, a high-mount air intake, and rock rails. The PreRunner grade reappears in this generation, tailored for off-road racing and course scouting, offering off-road modes, a front suspension lift, twin-tube shocks, 17-inch all-terrain tires, and an electronic locking differential.
In the fourth-generation Tacoma, Toyota has brought a modern touch to the interior, drawing inspiration from the Tundra and Sequoia updates. The cabin embraces a tech-forward approach, with a notable addition being the 14-inch touchscreen. Each grade of the Tacoma presents distinct trims and features, including the TRD Pro variant with its luxurious IsoDynamic Performance Seat, providing an elevated level of comfort.
In terms of interior design, the Tacoma keeps the conventional truck features such as sizeable shifter and buttons while introducing an electric parking brake. The transition to a coil-sprung, multi-link rear suspension has been made in most Tacoma models, except for the SR, SR5 Xtra Cab, and PreRunner, which maintain leaf springs as their standard configuration. Toyota has prioritized suspension tuning, tailoring unique setups for the TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, Trailhunter, and Limited trims.
Enhancing stopping capabilities, the Tacoma is now equipped with four-wheel disc brakes and incorporates electric power steering. Toyota highlights the Tacoma’s impressive maximum ground clearance of 9.5 inches and a running ground clearance of up to 11 inches. Additionally, the Tacoma boasts favorable approach (33.8º), breakover (23.5º), and departure (25.7º) angles, further enhancing its performance in optimal configurations.
Scheduled for release later this year, the 2024 Tacoma will make its debut, followed by the i-FORCE MAX models arriving in early 2024. Details regarding the manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing will be disclosed closer to the official on-sale dates.