Hawaii was the setting for the first look at the newest generation of the Toyota Tacoma. Perhaps it was because Tacoma has been the best-selling truck in Hawaii forever!

A vibrant red Toyota Tacoma four-door truck parked amidst the lush greenery of the Hawaiian landscape.

Either way – they did not disappoint. It’s been eight years since we had a new Tacoma, and this time, there was a tremendous amount of speculation on what the engineering team would give us. We knew beforehand that this Tacoma would have an all-new frame, which opened the possibilities, such as fixing the driver’s seating position (spoiler – they did). Also, it was rumoured that the V6 engine would be discontinued (it is) and that the six-speed manual transmission option would also go away (it didn’t).

So, at first look, we did not get to drive; we got to crawl around the new truck.

Rear view of a Toyota Tacoma Procam, showcasing its rugged design and sturdy construction. Aerial view of a Toyota Tacoma Procam, traversing a scenic landscape with its adventurous spirit and off-road capabilities.

Here are the highlights of what we saw.

  • The new standard i-FORCE turbocharged 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine produces up to 278 hp and 317 lb.-ft. Of torque.
  • An Available i-FORCE MAX turbocharged 2.4-litre four-cylinder hybrid powertrain produces 326 hp and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. It is paired with a 48-hp electric motor integrated into the eight-speed transmission feeding off a 1.87-kWh NiMH battery pack.
  • Still available – a six-speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT2) with automatic rev-matching and anti-stall technology. Manual transmission models produce 270 hp and 310 lb.-ft. Of torque.
  • All-new Trailhunter is a factory-developed overlanding rig built from the ground up with the latest integrated off-road equipment from ARB, Old Man Emu, and RIGID.
  • Baja-inspired TRD Pro debuts segment-first lsoDynamic Performance Seat for enhanced off-road driving control and comfort.
  • Available 14-inch touchscreen displays the latest Toyota Audio Multimedia system.
  • Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 standard on all models.
  • They are designed, engineered, and assembled for North America.

Rear view of a red Toyota Tacoma with a man's hand pointing at the lights, highlighting the vehicle's distinctive taillights and adding a human element to the composition.

For its fourth generation, Tacoma is built on a new TNGA-F global truck platform (it also underpins Tundra and Sequoia). This new Tacoma utilizes a new high-strength boxed, steel-ladder frame, adding numerous features like a fully redesigned multi-link coil rear suspension that improves ride and handling. However, leaf springs remain standard on SRS XtraCab grade.

A new front cross member was constructed for the steering gearbox, which adds rigidity while enhancing steering input.

A new high lift jack point has also been integrated into the rear frame end; this feature is on every version of Tacoma. The updated Tacoma also gets four-wheel disc brakes and electric power steering. The TRD Pro has FOX’s new OS3 three-way adjustable internal bypass shocks.

The look of the new truck takes its inspiration from a spirit of offroad adventure, says Toyota. It includes a high lift, big tires, a slim body, and a powerful athletic stance that define the iconic Tacoma look, referred to as ‘Tacoma-ness.’ Other signature design elements include:

  • The high-mount headlamps.
  • Side functional air intakes.
  • Hexagonal grille motif.
  • Integrated roof and tailgate spoilers.

For the towing crowd – like us – there is also good news. Here are the new numbers and features:

  • The maximum towing capacity for Tacoma is rated at 6,500 lb.
  • Maximum payload increases to 1,709 lb.
  • Supporting features include a trailer brake controller, trailer backup guide, and digital display mirror.
  • Trailer Back-Up Guidance aids in the overall maneuvering of trailers, while the available Straight Path Assist feature is designed to back up in a straight line.
  • The available 360-degree cameras create a top-down view.
  • Blind Spot Monitor is designed to recognize blind spots for the truck and certain trailers.
  • The aluminum tailgate features an available power open and close function with jam protection, and a quick release and close button are integrated within either taillight.
  • Gas grades will offer a 400W AC inverter outlet in the bed and on the rear of the center console.
  • I-FORCE MAX grades come standard with a 2400W AC inverter. 12V DC power access is also available in the bed and cabin.

Also new – and exciting is a two-door Tacoma with a 6-foot bed.

The XtraCab is all about maximum utility and comes exclusively with seating for two, a functional rear cabin storage area, and a 6-foot bed. This configuration has no back doors or back seats but makes the most of its cabin with additional storage options. It is coming to Canada – late next year – after it launches in the States.

The last of the surprises in Hawaii was a new model called Trailhunter.

A 2024 silver-coloured Toyota Tacoma Trail Hunter navigating the rugged roads of Hawaii, with lush greenery in the background, showcasing the vehicle's adventurous spirit amidst the beautiful natural landscape.

It’s an “overlanding” version of the TRD Pro. Very off-road capable but differently focused. For instance, Trailhunter drivers can view potential obstacles looming on the trail via the Multi­ Terrain Monitor that can be displayed on the available 14-inch touchscreen. Tacoma offers standard front and optional rear recovery hooks and underbody protection for the sketchiest situations.

  • Toyota worked with renowned Australian-based ARB to co-develop Old Man Emu (OME) position-sensitive 2.5-inch forged monotube shocks with rear external piggyback style remote reservoirs, a steel rear bumper, robust rear recovery points, and a bed utility bar with removable MOLLE panels. ARB engineering even worked on-site at Toyota alongside the project development team to co-develop Trailhunter.
  • With 6-foot bed Double Cab configurations available.
  • The OME shocks and the 33-inch Goodyear Territory R/T tires boost Trailhunter an additional two inches in the front and one and a half inches in the rear.

In Canada, Tacoma comes exclusively in four-wheel-drive models, which have an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case with high/low range and Active Traction Control (A­ TRAC). An electronic locking rear differential is standard on TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, and Trailhunter grades. The new and luxurious Limited Rise features a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a centre-locking differential on i-FORCE MAX models.

Tacoma will be offered in numerous grades and configurations for its new generation and two cab styles with a 5- or 6-foot bed: a four-door Double Cab and the new two-door XtraCab. The all-new 2024 Tacoma will go on sale later this year, with i-FORCE MAX models arriving in early 2024.

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