A reliable Toyota source has told TacomaHQ.com that Toyota will begin offering a direct injection engine in the Tacoma in 2015, as a 2016 model.This is an expected move, as rumors of a new Tacoma engine have been circulating for years now. Toyota has to improve the Tacoma to keep its market share with the upcoming arrival of the all-new Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon plus the growing popularity of the Nissan Frontier.
Specs on the engine are still unknown to our sources – one expects that this will be a V6, another that it will be a 4 cylinder – but we expect that specifics will start to trickle out soon. Based on the reliability of these sources in the past, it’s entirely possible that both the 4cylinder and the 6cylinder will be new in 2016.
There is also talk of a full redesign, yet we aren’t so confident on this. It is more likely that there will be mechanical tweaks on the next generation upgrade, a new interior based on the Tundra/4Runner upgrades and then a new exterior look to follow in the next few years.
We don’t expect to see anything else new for the Tacoma like a diesel. Until the Ram 1500 and the upcoming Chevy Colorado diesel prove that the market exists, Toyota is unlikely to offer one.
What do you think? Is Direct Injection a big enough deal to get you interested in upgrading?