A few weeks ago a leaked promo video revealed the new Toyota Tacoma facelift. Now here we have the official stuff.
The best-selling compact pickup truck in the U.S. market gets a restyled exterior look and a redesigned, upgraded interior for 2012, while there’s also enhancements in terms of comfort, equipments, and usability.
Exterior changes include a redesigned hood, grille, headlamps and front bumper. Inside the cabin you will find a new center-instrument panel design with a revised gauge cluster, along with a new steering wheel. A redesigned center stack adds new air conditioner/heater controls and power point locations. The interior also has an air of great quality to it, thanks to the new black high-contrast center console and seat fabrics.
New convenience features include a larger, higher-resolution display for the available back-up camera (3.3-inch vs. 2.4-inch), a new temperature gauge, available rear-view mirror with compass and HomeLink, vanity lamps added to sun visors, an additional overhead storage compartment and, on Access Cab models, a new rear-console storage box.
The 2012 Tacoma is offered with four-cylinder and V6 engines, and 2WD and 4WD drivetrains, plus the ususal choice of ‘cab.’ The Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab and Access Cab models feature a 73.5-inch-long bed. The Double Cab is available with a choice of a 60.3-inch bed or the 73.5-inch bed.
The new Toyota Tacoma line offers two engines: a 2.7-liter Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC) four-cylinder that produces 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft. of torque, and a 4.0-liter DOHC V6 that provides 236 horsepower with 266 lb-ft. of torque. In both engines, variable valve timing with intelligence (VVT-i) provides strong low-end and mid-range torque.