2023 Toyota Tacoma: Redesign Info & Release Date

Sarah Willis
Contributing Writer - October 19, 2021

Redesign Info

There’s been some exciting news about a possible 2023 Toyota Tacoma redesign circulating around the internet lately. According to a report from The Fast Lane Truck, recent spy shot photos show what could very well be a 2023 model of the popular truck camouflaged and being test-driven around.

Though the truck is pretty heavily guarded with the camouflage draped over it, there are a few details that we can gather from what we know about Toyota and its other models. For instance, this midsize truck in the photos looks like it may share some of the same underpinnings as the new, full-size Tundra. Not much of it is visible in the pictures, but through the slits in the draping you can see horizontal bars across the grille, very reminiscent of the Tundra SR5’s prominent design. With the knowledge that this vehicle could be modeled after the Tundra, we may also be able to expect some newly styled headlights and taillights as well.

One other feature that is very purposefully concealed is the rear suspension. Rumor has it that the 2023 Tacoma may use coil springs in favor of the rear leaf springs it has currently. This would be notable because it would help the everyday driving of the car and it would set the new Tacoma apart from competitors which still use the leaf-spring arrangement.

Outward appearance isn’t the only thing that may get switched up with the redesign. The rumors of change extend under the hood as well. In its third generation, the current Tacoma uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine, but there are some doubts that it will be around in the next design. Instead, we may see a turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a 2.4-liter engine. This could increase the torque from the current 265 pound-feet to 317 pound-feet, though it may drop the horsepower by a few mpgs. Unknown to us is whether or not a six-speed manual transmission would still be available as an option but chances are that the standard may be the eight-speed automatic.

As we have no confirmation on any specs for this model, we’ll have to wait, just as we’ll have to wait and see if Toyota decides to expand further by announcing a Tacoma hybrid at some point in the future.

Pricing & Release Date

Since we aren’t certain that the vehicle in the spy shots is in fact the new 2023 Toyota Tacoma, we don’t have a set release date for it as of yet. If it is, however, based on this model’s typical schedule it’s possible the release could happen sometime in late 2022.

Pricing for the current Toyota Tacoma lands around $27,715 to $48,245, and while we don’t have an exact price range for the 2023 model, with a redesign and updates it could likely be a bit pricier.

Because it’s a popular segment, there’s never been a shortage of competition when it comes to midsize trucks. The Tacoma is no different, with some of the usual key rivals including the Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado, and GMC Canyon.

Check back later for future updates.

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