The most popular mid-size truck in North America is coming with a nice number of updates for the next year. There are upgrades and updates in terms of styling, interior design and more. However, we haven’t heard anything about the powertrain yet. Without any doubt, the two familiar gasoline units will carry one, but most reports suggest additions in this aspect as well. The first one that comes to mind is an oil-burner, but various reports are also suggesting 2020 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid.
If this happens, the Tacoma would most likely be the first pickup truck with an electrified powertrain, despite the fact that others are working on hybrid versions as well. At this point, it is only a rumor, so take the following paragraphs with a reserve.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Powertrain
Of course, the most important thing about this version is under the hood. Toyota is the industry leader when it comes to hybrid technology, so it seems natural to see the Tacoma as the first hybrid truck on the market. At this point, we can only speculate. Considering that the development of a complete powertrain would take a lot of time and resources, we would probably see a modified version of some of the existing systems.
The one that comes to mind is a system that powers the RX 450h. This powertrain is based on a familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine and delivers 308 horsepower. Of course, we would probably see some modifications for this occasion, but the basics should remain pretty much the same.
Better Fuel Economy, Better Towing Capacity
Potential benefits from a hybrid powertrain are numerous and two most important are in terms of fuel economy and towing ratings. The RX Hybrid returns around 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which seems pretty good. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid would probably feature slightly lower numbers, but still significantly better compared to gasoline models.
Also, additional torque will be highly beneficial for towing, so we can expect a notable higher capacity compared to the current V6 version, which can tow around 6.800 pounds.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Exterior and Interior Design
These aspects shouldn’t change too much. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid is expected to feature pretty much the same styling as standard models. This includes recent updates as well. As you probably know, the company presented a new version recently. It features new grille, LED lights and several more interesting details.
The interior also comes with notable novelties, starting from a new, power-adjustable driver’s seat. There is also a new infotainment system, which is far more intuitive and easier to navigate. Moreover, it finally comes with smartphone integration, with goodies like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa etc.
The 2020 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid should continue with the same interior layout, of course with a couple of modifications that are typical for electrified vehicles, particularly in terms of the instrument cluster and gauges.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Release Date and Price
At this point, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid is just a rumor. Despite numerous reports, we are still waiting to hear something from the officials. Most likely, this version won’t be ready so soon. So, we could eventually see it in the next couple of years. If it arrives, it will cost notably higher compared to gasoline model, probably with a starting price of around 35.000 dollars.