The Toyota Tacoma is a rugged, capable, and reliable SUV which comes in several flavors and adjusts to any budget. The current model is available with two strong engines including a 4-cylinder and V-6 engine. However, it seems that the carmaker will finally introduce an eagerly expected diesel engine under its hood. And although we cannot say precisely when the new diesel variant will appear on the market, it should arrive as the 2019 model year. So, in the following text, you might find some interesting information about the new 2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel.
Engine and performance of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel
The current Tacoma is powered by two engines. The first one is a 2.7-liter inline-4 unit which is able to generate 159 hp and 180 pound-feet of torque. It works with a 6-speed automatic and sends power to either rear or all four wheels. The FWD model gets 19/23 mpg while the AWD variant is rated at 19/22 mpg. The second option is a stronger 3.5-liter V-6 engine which produces 278 horses and 265 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to 6-speed automatic but it is also available with a 6-speed manual gearbox. As well, it comes with a choice between front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations.
On the other hand, it seems that the Tacoma will finally receive a diesel engine under its hood. And it should be the same engine found in the Hilux model. It is a 2.8-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine which is able to generate 177 horsepower.
Design of exterior and interior
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel will keep the styling of the standard model which looks rugged and muscular. The current model still looks fresh and there are wide grille and prominent headlamps with modern LED daytime running lights on the front. Depending on a trim level, the Tacoma features a slightly different design of the front fascia. The base model comes standard with 16-inch wheels while the higher trim levels ride on the larger 18-inch wheels.
Inside, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel comes with extended and double cab configurations. The Extended models will be offered with a shorter bed while the double cab model could feature short or long beds. Generally, all the seats aren’t particularly comfortable and the Extended models feature standard second-row bench which is the best for smaller adults. As well, none of the models offer power seats. The dashboard is fitted with a 6.1-inch touchscreen for infotainment but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity aren’t available.
Equipment and safety of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel
The standard features in the base model include Bluetooth, USB port, 16-inch wheels, power locks and windows, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, and a rearview camera, The SR5 model will get an upgraded touchscreen, fog lights, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The TRD sport will add keyless ignition, 17-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped gear shifter, and wireless cellphone charging. In the Limited models, we will also find leather upholstery, an upgraded audio system, navigation, 18-inch wheels, and moonroof. The standard safety features include airbags, a rearview camera, and traction and stability control.
Release date and price
The carmaker still needs to confirm when exactly the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel will go on sale. The starting price of the base model is around $25,500 while the price of the diesel is not yet revealed.