Type the words “Toyota Tacoma Diesel” in any search engine and the results page is long. Do the same on any Toyota Tacoma forum and grab a cup of coffee, you are going to be there for a while. Why? Many fans have been clamoring for a small diesel and now with Chevy offering one in the Colorado, the “diesel noise” is sure to grow. Here is what we know about the Colorado diesel and what the future of a Toyota Tacoma Diesel looks like.
Due out in 2016, Chevy’s new baby Duramax offers some impressive stats. For example, Chevy has announced the 2.8L turbo-diesel will generate 369 lb-ft of torque and has a maximum trailer capacity of 7,700 pounds (2WD models). It will also deliver fuel economy “projected to top the already segment-leading efficiency of the gas models,” according to a Chevy press release.
This capability will come with a $3,730 upcharge and will be offered on LT and Z71 Crew Cab models.
There is also a host of additional features the nearly $4k will give you like:
Smart diesel exhaust brake system that enhances vehicle control and reduces brake wear on steep grades
- Standard Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission matched with a Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber (CPVA) in the torque converter, which reduces powertrain noise and vibration
- The Z82 trailering package is standard and includes a hitch receiver and seven-pin connector
- An all-new integrated trailer brake controller is standard and exclusive on diesel models
- The G80 automatic locking rear differential is standard
- A 3.42 rear axle ratio is standard
- A new, electronically controlled two-speed transfer case is included on 4WD models
- Maximum trailering rating of 7,700 pounds (3,492 kg) for 2WD models and 7,600 pounds (3,447 kg) for 4WD
- GVWRs of 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) for 2WD and 6,200 pounds (2,812 kg) for 4WD
It will be a few more weeks until we can offer comparisons to these numbers when we expect the 2016 Toyota Tacoma numbers revealed.
Toyota Tacoma Diesel?
The BIG question for Tacoma fans is what does this mean for the possibility of a Tacoma diesel. Frankly, not much. While these numbers are pretty impressive, the fact is, it all comes down to consumers. And this will likely come down to the fuel economy numbers and long-term cost of ownership.
Like it or not, Toyota is a pretty cautious company and they will be watching closely how many consumers opt for the diesel-powered Canyon. If history holds true though, it won’t be many. How can we say that? The Chevy Cruze Diesel and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel have had some success, yet these sales results haven’t pushed competitors to counter. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, for example, has been an interesting truck to watch with the production mix hitting nearly 20 percent and Ram’s somewhat sluggish sales as of late.
While the fuel economy of a diesel is better – 20 percent right out of the gate – the increased initial cost and long-term maintenance cost concerns have held back demand. Will the Chevy Colorado Duramax change that? Probably not.