The truck market in North America is evolving and diesel versions are becoming a common thing in the class. Therefore, many expected to see a diesel version of Tacoma already in the 2020 model year. However, that didn’t happen, so many believe it could come a year later, like the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel.
There’s no doubt that this version would bring several benefits, particularly in terms of towing and fuel economy. However, the company is still quiet on this matter and this is still nothing more than a rumor. Therefore, take the following paragraphs with a reserve.
- Improved towing ratings
- Improved fuel economy
- Good off-road performances
- Excellent reliability ratings
- Tight cabin
- Could be quite expensive
2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel Engine
According to various reports, this will be the biggest change for the next year. The 2020 model year has brought all kinds of interior updates and now it’s time for the powertrain. Things are pretty clear here.
If the company is willing to offer the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel, we have no doubt it would come with a familiar 2.8-liter turbodiesel, which is good for about 177 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque.
With such numbers, the HiLux can tow more than 7.700 pounds with ease, so we have no doubt that Tacoma would be able to do the same. To remind you, Chevy Colorado already meets these numbers and it is a class leader.
When it comes to the exterior design, we doubt that the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel will come with any particular difference in terms of the exterior design.
The recent update was pretty modest in terms of the styling. We saw a new grille only, as well as a couple of new color options. Therefore, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel would feature the same styling, which is pretty conventional but still looks pretty nice.
Of course, there is the performance TRD Pro trim level, with several mechanical and visual upgrades. However, it is still unclear whether this model will be offered with a diesel engine or not.
The same story goes for the interior. We don’t expect more differences than a new instrument cluster. The rest of the cabin will remain the same and it will include all the novelties that came with the recent update. This includes a new power-adjustable driver seat, as well as a new infotainment system with bigger touchscreens and smartphone integration.
2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel Release Date and Price
If the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel happens, it will probably hit the market in the second half of next year. We presume that the starting price somewhere between $30,000 and $35,000.