How many times you’ve heard that the all-new Toyota Tacoma Diesel is arriving in North America? Countless, we suppose? In the last few months the rumors are even louder. Apparently, Toyota has finally decided to change some rules in compact truck world and present its model with turbodiesel engine. This move was quite logical since the USA government gave up on the Paris climate agreement.
Toyota Tacoma Diesel: Engine and Transmissions
Don’t expect anything spectacular under the hood of the Toyota Tacoma Diesel, because it’s going to be the same engine which currently supports the overseas Hilux workhorse. If we have the right information, the U.S. buyers will be able to get a 2.8-liter turbo diesel only. A base 2.4-liter mill is not good enough to compete with Tacoma’s rivals, so Toyota needs to focus on the larger unit. The 2.8-liter unit will most likely deliver 177 hp and 332 lb-ft mated to either a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic gearbox. By using the diesel engine, the Tacoma will raise its towing capacity to almost 8,000 lbs, which doesn’t sound bad at all.
Better Safety and Small Exterior Changes
Aside it’s going to feature a totally different engine the Toyota Tacoma Diesel is not going to differ from its gasoline sibling. As we’ve heard, the Japanese carmaker plans to boost truck’s safety. The new safety suit will probably be a standard part of the diesel model. The equipment includes a forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beams, and adaptive cruise control. As for the exterior design, the diesel model might host a new grille. This way, Toyota will set it apart from the gasoline model and make it interesting when it arrives. The current Entune infotainment system may receive an update until the oil-burner arrives in North America. You probably want to know when the carmaker plans to introduce the workhorse.
Estimated Price and Arrival
Well, the Toyota Tacoma Diesel will definitely arrive before the end of the next year. It should be introduced as the 2019 model. The starting price is unknown at the moment. However, the latest rumors suggest that the diesel model should be priced under $30,000.