The 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is a refreshing twist on an established brand, aimed at the number one buyers of the Tacoma model; people who love off road adventures. One big concern that many buyers have with this particular style is whether it works as well on pavement as it does in the rugged outdoors. After all, with the upcoming 2016 Tacoma taking much of its front hood inspiration from the larger Tundra, it’s an aggressive looking truck.
Toyota’s favorite midsize has finally gotten an updated, more modern look since the last update in 2005. The truck has a sleeker redesign, with more defined headlights. Minor tweaks, like a hexagonal grill and chrome outlines give the front a sophisticated feel. The front fender is a bit boxier than the older model, and the fog lights have been narrowed slightly. Its rear bumper is similar to the Tundra as well, with a more pronounced indentation. New LED driving lights have been added to complete the tweaked exterior design.
The interior will have the same high quality upholstery as older models, but more technology connectivity and higher end electronic accessories are expected. The Toyota Entune system, used for real time navigation, checking gas prices, and viewing weather and traffic updates, is also receiving an update.
With all that size, you would expect speed to be an issue. Toyota has attempted to head this off at the pass by adding a V6 engine to the base model, though V4 options have been rumored as well. The manufacturers have used more lightweight aluminum materials in this design, likely leading to better fuel economy. It’s rumored it will offer 17 mpg for city driving and 21 mpg for highway driving.
With a sleeker, more sophisticated look, a high performance engine and improved connectivity, Toyota seems to be attempting to make their most popular off-road vehicle a little bit more city friendly. Improved fuel economy could make this vehicle as useful for the commute to work as it is for a trip to the mountains.
Toyota has been tight lipped about the official release date, only stating that it will be coming in the fall of 2015. The 2015 version hit the market in August 2014 with about a $35,000 price tag, so it’s expected the new design will be within that range. The 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro will be officially unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.