There are so many mid-sized pickup trucks in the market but not every model cannot match the stature of Toyota Tacoma. For its unmatched versatility, durable build and features the Tacoma has held its turf well despite the arrival of new arrivals on the horizon. For 2019, Toyota is giving the truck a nice makeover. Along with changes in exterior styling and added safety tech, it may also get a new diesel engine. This will help it stave off competition from the likes of new Nissan Frontier and GM lineup.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel – Engine Options
While the Tacoma is powered by a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine and another 3.5-liter V6 unit, rumors of Toyota finally using a diesel powertrain are doing the rounds online. It may be a beefy turbo diesel engine. If it comes, this will be a 2.8-liter mill which can deliver 177 hp and 332 lb-ft. It will be matched to the new mated to either-speed automatic standard six-speed manual transmission. There will be several driving modes available- in all engines. The petrol engines will be laden with the 6-speed manual or automated gearbox. The highest towing capacity should be near 7000 pounds. The TRD trims offer a good ride on rough terrains and Limited trim is perfect for urban driving.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel – Design
The exterior styling of 2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel is not much different compared to the 2018 model. It will be sold in trims like SR, SR5, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro, TRD Sport, and Limited. There will be several exterior colors and Toyota may introduce some new hues only for 2019. The hexagon-shaped grille sits at the front, though all trims do not get the same grille. The bold styling and rugged build make the truck quite a looker-on roads. There are three cab choices and two bed options.
As for the cabin, 2019 Tacoma will get some modifications too. The base trims may not get lavish materials but in the Limited trim, material quality is likely to be pretty good. There will be some cubicles and bins to store small items. The cabin is likely to be free of noise owing to the usage of several noise insulating materials.
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma Diesel comes with advanced safety technologies aimed at aiding the driver stay alert and evade accidents. The new Toyota Safety sense suite is standard in all trims. There are plenty of airbags in the cabin too.
As for amenities, the Limited trim scores the highest. The TRD trims get enough off-road centric features as standard. Rest of the trims can be customized to an extent. However, the Entune infotainment setup still has plenty of rooms for improvement. The newest edition is better than the predecessor. But it is not near the UConnect or MyLink setups in term of speed, ease of use and sleekness.
Price and Release Date
The exact release date of 2019 Tacoma Diesel is not known. Base trim with the petrol engine will be around $26,000 so it is realistic to expect that the diesel option will be close to $30,000.
The 2019 Tacoma gets several modifications but the possibility of a diesel engine may make it even more desirable. It needs competitive pricing to stack up against the popular segment contenders from Nissan and Honda.