The last-year update has brought a lot of subtle but very nice changes, so we have no doubt that the Japanese mid-size pickup truck will continue to dominate the market. However, that doesn’t mean that the company will stop with changes and updates. According to some sources, big changes are coming for the next year as well. Allegedly, the next year would bring an electrified version, in the form of 2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid.
Details about this version are still unavailable. Moreover, it’s still hard to say whether this version is coming or not, considering that the company is still quiet on this matter. Still, that won’t stop us from giving some predictions about the new version, particularly in terms of the powertrain. We expect to see 2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid with a familiar powertrain setup, though minor tweaks are always possible. On the other side, we don’t expect any particular difference in terms of base design characteristics and features.
2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Powertrain
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid would probably come with some of Toyota’s familiar layouts. The first system that comes to mind is a small and highly-efficient setup that powers models like Rav4, Camry, Highlander etc. We particularly refer to the Highlander, which features the most powerful version of this system, with around 240 horsepower. With such output, the new Tacoma would be capable enough for daily tasks. Still, max towing ratings wouldn’t be on par with rivals. On the other side, the obvious advantage would be an impressive fuel economy. With this system, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid would be able to return more than 30 miles per gallon with ease, whether we are talking about city or highway drive.
The other option would be to see a more powerful, V6-based setup. This system is based on a 3.5-liter V6 engine and also includes multiple electric motors, for a total output of 308 horsepower. With such power, we have no doubt it would be quite capable as well. When it comes to fuel economy, this system returns around 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway in the current Lexus RX, so we presume numbers would be pretty good in the new truck as well, definitely higher compared to Chevy Colorado Diesel.
2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Design
Other than a new powertrain, we don’t expect that the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid would feature any particular difference in terms of base design characteristics. Therefore, you may count on a familiar design, which has been introduced five years ago and which has been updated last year. This model has received slight revisions on the grille and headlights, while most of the things have remained the same. Still, we should mention all those upgrades on the TRD Pro model, which came with new suspension, new color options and more. At this point, we can’t say whether the new hybrid powertrain would be available in the TRD Pro model or not.
When it comes to interior design, we don’t expect bigger differences either. Of course, the instrument cluster would get some adaptations for the electrified powertrain. Still, the overall cabin layout would remain the same. That would mean a double cab layout, with a nice-looking dashboard and overall design. It puts focus on practicality, rather than aesthetics and convenience.
The recent update has brought a couple of interesting novelties, starting from power-adjustable seats and a new, bigger touchscreen. We have no doubt these things will be found in the 2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid. On the other side, we can’t say if interior space would be space would be compromised or not, due to the battery pack.
We presume that the new hybrid powertrain would come as a separate trim level. The other option is to see it in high-grade versions only. Therefore, we have no doubt that the list of standard equipment will be pretty long. When it comes to tech goodies, we are pretty sure that this model will come with a new 8-inch touchscreen, as well as the new infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also, we count on goodies like Bluetooth, voice recognition, USB ports, HD Radio, navigation, wireless device charging, a JBL premium stereo, dual-zone automatic climate control etc.
When it comes to safety features, the list will certainly be very long. Count on things like lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control, as well as on blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert etc.
2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Release Date and Price
The new 2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid might come already by the end of this year. Still, the next one sounds a little bit more likely. When it comes to the price, we presume that base models will go somewhere between 35.000 and 40.000 dollars.