2015 Detroit Auto Show Preview: 2016 Toyota Tacoma makes early debut

Article by Christian A., on January 8, 2015

The 2016 Toyota Tacoma will arrive next week at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, but the new vehicle showed its face today. Although there are no details available, we can easily observe the brand new design needed to be a better rival in the midsize pickup segment.

Compared with the current version, the 2016 Tacoma received redesigned headlights, new fog lights, a redesigned front bumper as well as a brand new front grille which offers a premium image. At the rear, there are new taillights but also a new bumper.

There are no details regarding the engine found under the hood, but judging after the badges on this truck there is a V6 powerplant.

Still, we also expect to see a four-cylinder engine as an option. Why a four-cylinder option? Because Toyota needs to compete with other vehicles such as the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon. As we said, the 2016 Toyota Tacoma will debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, so expect more details to arrive next week.

Exterior Design

The Toyota truck design DNA could be best described as serious, yet fun. This is evident on both the Tacoma and Tundra, which styling communicates their true capability. While the new Tacoma has come to adopt the more chiseled face and the hexagonal grille of the Tundra, it has a number of cues that allow it to be distinctive enough.

Taking inspiration from desert racing, Calty designers in Newport Beach, Calif. and Ann Arbor, Mich. created a new Tacoma that boasts of athletic agility while aching for recreational action. The purposeful capability of the new Tacoma is communicated through its strong and muscular wheel flares and its high-lift image. The new Tacoma could be specified with any of the four new wheel designs, with sizes ranging from 16 inches to 18 inches.

Meanwhile, the aggressive front end of the new Tacoma is marked by a taller, more muscular bonnet, a clamp-shaped bumper as well as bold upper grille flanked by slim, high technology headlights. These headlights feature projection beam lamps with available LED Daytime Running Lights.

On the rear, the Tacoma’s wide stance and tough appearance are highlighted by a new locking tailgate that features a stamped Tacoma logo as well as an integrated spoiler for enhanced aerodynamics. In addition, the tailgate comes with an easy lowering feature that allows for it to slowly retract, thereby preventing it from being slammed down. Customers could have the Tacoma specified with an available tri-fold hard tonneau cover.

Inside, the new Tacoma communicates a sporty truck image as well as its go-anywhere, off-road character. The instrument panel of the Tacoma features a "handlebar" design theme to deliver a more driver-focused experience. The interior also features soft-wrapped trim and metallic accents.

Moreover, the new Tacoma could be bestowed with available premium features like leather-trimmed seats, power moonroof, Qi wireless charging as well as smart key with push-button start. Other available features include Blind-spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, dual-zone automatic climate control and enhanced touchscreen audio.

Furthermore, the new Tacoma is now quieter than before, thanks to enhanced seals, a multi-layer acoustic windshield as well as sound-absorbing headliner were added. The vehicle also comes with a floor silencer pad that could reduce road noise.

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