A new generation of compact electric vehicles will be unveiled in 2017, but the Japanese manufacturer’s newest offering may have a lot of buyers thinking twice about a Toyota model.
A new generation…
Toyota is taking the wraps off its latest generation of small SUV, the Tacoma, and it’s going to offer it in both sedan and hatchback versions.
Toyota is taking a step back in the compact electric vehicle segment and putting a hatchback version on the market.
But the company is offering a hatch that’s built around the same platform as the outgoing Tacoma.
The new Tacoma will arrive in dealerships this spring and will be available in two sizes.
The base model with a four-cylinder engine and a top speed of 30 mph will sell for $31,950, while the base model without a four is priced at $33,400.
It’s unclear if the base Tacoma will be offered in the same trim level as the base version, though that’s the one being sold now.
The price tag for the base sedan and crossover is $34,950.
The hatchback model is $36,950 and comes with a base price of $38,500.
Toyota is promising the crossover version will be a little cheaper than the base.
The crossover model will have a higher base price, but with a bigger range.
It will start at $42,950 before incentives.
Both versions of the Tacoma will have more room than the previous models.
The new base sedan is available with a trunk volume of 13.6 cubic feet, and the hatchback will have an additional 13.4 cubic feet.
The Toyota Tacoma’s design is similar to the Honda CR-V and Ford Fusion, and will likely appeal to crossover buyers.
Both models will feature a front fender with a chrome grille and LED taillights.
Both will have LED daytime running lights as standard.
The hatchback models will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission.
Both models will have Bluetooth connectivity and a 7-inch touchscreen display.
The base Tacoma has a 2.3-liter four-stroke engine and will come with a EPA-estimated 265 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque.
The Tacoma crossover model with the same engine is expected to have 265 horsepower, 258 pound-foot of torque, and a combined EPA-rated 27 mpg.
In all, the new Tacoma and the existing Tacoma crossover will have approximately the same power output and EPA-miles-per-gallon ratings.
Both the Tacoma and Tacoma crossover have a five-speed automatic transmission, but that will likely only be offered on the base crossover model.
The other model will likely have a manual transmission with a five speed, with the latter coming standard on the crossover.
The four-wheel drive crossover will be priced at a suggested retail price of about $37,000.
Toyota says the new models will start shipping later this year.
The Tacoma crossover is expected in 2017.