Could a Diesel Tacoma Be in the Works for North America?
With the upcoming release of the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma, tongues are wagging that we here in the US might finally get to drive a diesel version. The rumors began when Toyota revealed two new diesel engines that feature Thermal Swing Wall Insulation Technology (TSWIN), which is the automaker’s new thermal insulation diesel combustion system. This will allow the engines to produce more power without being too heavy on the fuel.
The two engines consist of a 2.4-liter turbodiesel that’s good for 148 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, and a 2.8-liter turbodiesel with 175 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. That’s a 25% improvement on torque from the automaker’s previous turbodiesel offerings, plus a 15% increase in fuel efficiency. It only makes sense to put these bad boys into the new Tacoma.
While America isn’t the most in-demand market for diesel engines, recent improvements have caused drivers to reconsider diesel for its increased power and fuel efficiency. Also, competitor GM will soon release its Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size trucks with optional diesel engines, so Toyota needs to step up its game in order to stay on top of the competition.
Although the news about a diesel Tacoma in North America is just a rumor at this stage, it’s definitely possible that it will prove to be true. Only time will tell, so stay tuned and we will bring you the latest news as soon as we hear it.