First details about 2016 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid have been presented. Toyota finally plans to update its compact truck, Tacoma for next year model. Apart from finally changing its appearance after more than a decade, they are also planning on introducing fresh powertrains.
Under the Hood and Specs
Diesel engine is already touted as Tacoma’s next most inspiring powertrain, but there were also plenty of talks of Tacoma’s hybrid versions. These were especially loud after Ford and Toyota announced their hybrid partnership, but given all the facts, the idea now seems far-fetched. First of all, diesel powertrain is already efficient enough if not even more so, and second, Ford’s EcoBoost engines have had a lot of success since then. However, there’s a lot of time yet, and additional powertrains don’t have to arrive straightaway which leaves more breathing space for them.
With the introduction of Lexus NX300h, possibility for 2016 Toyota Tacoma hybrid to become real, has only increased. Powertrain which generates around 200 hp and more than 150 lb-ft of torque would be a solid option for pickup, but would also only offer average towing capabilities given their low torque output. However, it still might be enough for some people, and the gas which it saves is its biggest advantage, not performance.
Redesign – Inside and Outside look
Next generation of Tacomas will be completely overhauled. Most of the changes will be evident in their front end fascia which should become sturdier and will get new grille, headlights and a bumper. More of these changes will be visible all over the truck, and after ten years without major changes, one can only feel excited about this.
After so many years without any serious efforts to make changes, 2016 Toyota Tacoma will finally get new interior as well. This works for all initial and future models too, including diesel and hybrid units. New surfaces are biggest news here, together with new dashboard layout. New Tacoma should benefit from softer materials which could help it achieve bigger refinement score. Some would expect new infotainment display to be offered with new dashboard, but Toyota will stick with the same 6.1-inch touch screen display.
However, it won’t be available in all versions as entry-level model of the affordable pickup will remain without one. Hybrids always have different gauges and Tacoma will be no different. Safety features for 2016 will be boosted by standard rearview camera, while stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, standard airbags and hill-start assist will remain available in all models.
2016 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Price and MPG
Already mentioned Lexus’ hybrid crossover is rated at 32 mpg combined which is much better than the economy of current Tacoma lineup, rated at 19 mpg at most with all-wheel drive and at 23 mpg with rear-wheel drive. Of course, being a pickup, 2016 Toyota Tacoma hybrid wouldn’t be able to replicate such strong figures, but even close to 30 mpg combined would be good enough. However, Tacoma hybrid would lose the status of affordable pickup as its price wouldn’t be below $35,000.
2016 Toyota Tacoma hybrid is still uncertain, and especially for the year mentioned. However, things can change rapidly in the car industry and Japanese automaker might decide to go for it. Needless to say, this would transform one of the dullest pickups into one of the most attractive ones in an instant.