After few leaked photos, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma became official at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). According to Toyota, the new Tacoma will be available with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine but also with a segment-first 3.5-liter Atkinson cycle V6 engine equipped with Toyota’s D-4S technology.
Both engines are bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift, while the V6 is also available with a new six-speed manual transmission. When it comes to design, the 2016 Tacoma shares Tundra’s more chiseled face, with a hex grille. Toyota says that their new Tacoma is inspired by desert racing and features muscular wheel flares.
At the rear, the tailgate arrives with an integrated spoiler for improved aerodynamics, a stamped Tacoma logo and an optional hard tonneau cover for securing gear when your away from the truck. Inside, the soft-wrapped trim and metallic accents provide a high-quality look, but what’s really surprising is that the Tacoma arrives with plenty of premium features such as Qi wireless charging, smart key with push-button start, leather-trimmed seats, power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, enhanced touchscreen audio and blind-spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Toyota will offer the 2016 Tacoma in five grades in both 4x2 and 4x4 configurations: SR, Iconic SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road and Limited.