Major carmakers are trying to attract more and more customers in many ways. One of the expected trends in the truck industry is introduction hybrid powertrains. Many companies already confirmed these versions for the future and we have no doubt that Toyota will go in the same way. Of course, we are talking about 2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid.
The current generation of the popular truck has been around for about three years, so a major update in the near future seems certain. Among novelties in terms of styling and interior design, we could also see a new powertrain in the offer, electrified this time. This would be one of the first cases one truck to come with a hybrid powertrain. The company already has a powertrain that seems like a perfect fit for this occasion, so we believe there won’t be too many troubles in developing 2019 Tacoma Hybrid.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Design
In terms of base design characteristics, the new 2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid shouldn’t be too much different compared to the current model. It will ride on the same platform and feature the same dimensions. Of course, this version will probably be a little bit heavier, due to a battery pack, but rest of the truck shouldn’t feature bigger changes. As you probably know, the current Tacoma comes in various body styles, with either single or two rows of seating. A new hybrid powertrain will be, most likely, exclusively reserved for upgrade versions. So, don’t expect to see it under the hood of single cab models. Moreover, this version should come with lots of standard equipment, pretty much on par with highest trim levels of standard gasoline models.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Styling
When it comes to styling, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid will feature a familiar face. There is no reason why we should see some bigger changes on the exterior. Still, consider that the gasoline model will meanwhile probably get a mid-cycle update. This leads us to the conclusion that the new hybrid version will also adopt all the possible novelties. Moreover, it seems that the new powertrain will be a part of this facelift. Among these visual updates, we should see tweaks to the areas like front fascia, grille, bumpers etc. Of course, this version will probably come with a few distinctive details that will accentuate its electrified character.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Interior
Once again, don’t expect to see many changes compared to gasoline model. Most likely, the only bigger change will be a new instrument cluster, adapted to hybrid powertrains. Also, expect things like unique color schemes etc. Still, consider that the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid will probably be on par with higher trim levels of gasoline models. This means we should see a lot of standard equipment, especially in terms of tech features. So, expect things like a 7-inch touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, smartphone integration, Bluetooth, a sunroof, premium audio speaker and similar things available already in base models. The Tacoma is the only truck to offer a GoPro camera, so you can record your off-road adventures.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Safety Features
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid should come with a full load of safety systems. Of course, Toyota SafetySense comes first to our minds. This suite includes several advanced safety features like automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and pedestrian detection. Also, expect to see things like rearview camera, parking sensors, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert on the list of standard features.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Powertrain
Under the hood is the area where you’re going to find the most distinctive part of the2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid. The company already has few options for this version. First of all, there is a super-efficient system that powers the Camry Hybrid. This powertrain marks some very impressive mpg ratings and it is definitely a great candidate. Still, its max output of 208 horsepower makes us believe that drivers would rather go for something more powerful. So, a larger system that is built over 3.5-liter V6 engine seems like a more probable option.
This system might be delivering a lower fuel economy rating, but 306 horsepower is definitely something we want to see in a truck. Most likely, the battery will be packed under the cargo bed. So, count on less volume compared to standard gasoline models. Speaking of gasoline models, two familiar units will carry on. The base model will come with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers around 160 hp, while a large 4.0-liter V6 features a max output of 278 horsepower.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Release Date and Price
If we can rely on rumors, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid could come already in the next year. The price should be much higher compared to base gasoline models, which go around 25.000 dollars, not only because of a hybrid powertrain but also because of the fact that this will be a hi-grade, fully-loaded version of the truck. So, something between 35.000 and 40.000 dollars seems very likely.