Toyota is reportedly working on a refresh for its Tacoma mid-size pickup, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The refreshed Taco will debut in October, as part of the automaker's plan to debut many all-new or refreshed vehicles this year. In addition to the Tacoma, the Camry and Yaris will also receive substantial overhauls for the new model year.

Bob Carter, group vice president and brand manager for Toyota, says that the 2012 Tacoma will keep the same engine and frame, but will have a new exterior design, as well as an updated interior. Currently, the Tacoma is powered by a 4.0-liter V6 that produces 236 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

Additionally, Carter states that the Tacoma will receive new entertainment functions, and as we reported earlier, the automaker's new Entune infotainment system will be part of the offerings. We'll have more details come October.


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      dinobot666
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uh, there is a 2.7 liter 4 cylinder engine available in the Tacoma right now. This rig is getting a bit long in the tooth, but it's still a pretty good truck. The frame rusting issues was with the previous generation Tacoma.
      grimgrinning999
      • 3 Years Ago
      Needs more than a nip and tuck. Needs to be shrunk back down from a midsize to a small size truck. It's too dang big. Are all trucks now sold as crew cabs? Effing huge. Toyota used to make a fairly nice small truck. Ancient history.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      AZHobo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Make it smaller and put a diesel in it!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      billfrombuckhead
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe they could buy some Pentastars from MOPAR! Maybe some better frames as well! ROFL! How the mighty have fallen.
      mbukukanyau
      • 3 Years Ago
      They need to address frame rust and strength/stiffness issues plus, engine oil slug
        SCOTTM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        What the hell are you talking about? The engines are great...if only a little down on power! Sludge was from the Corolla years gone by and that's been long fixed. The rust issue from a decade ago was a problem of U.S. Steel, who is no longer in business. Get a life!
          jtav2002
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SCOTTM
          Has nothing to do with being a Toyota fan as it does about actually using factual information and not basing your claims on problems long since resolved.
          mbukukanyau
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SCOTTM
          Toyota fan eh?
          mbukukanyau
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SCOTTM
          Dude, I used to be like you, until my wallet got hurt by those cars
      Sgt Beavis
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would like a "nip and tuck" to involve making it a bit smaller and lighter. The powertrain is ancient too. It looks to me that Toyota is going to let their smaller truck suffer the same fate that the Ranger did. Death through neglect. I hope someone steps up and takes over this segment.
        Rob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sgt Beavis
        Definitely, "midsize" trucks today are the same size as F150s and Silverados from the 90's.
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is no way this truck isn't getting the updated 1GR-FE with Dual VVT-i. Literally every other application that has the engine has the updated 270 HP one. The Taco is the last hold out and the updated one should have it. This truck is easily one of the best on the market and is still a good looking truck. A refresh can still get a few more years out of the design while having current owners something newer to move up to. Win win for Toyota.
        • 3 Years Ago
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        Jaguarjp
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris
        I sure wish they would update the engines! It's embarrassing that the 4.0 V6 is so weak.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      rocketmoose
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd think so, too. 236 horses from a 4.0 litre engine is abysmal.
        Derek Ziemba
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rocketmoose
        Top it all off it doesn't even feel like it has power. I test drove a ranger with the 4.0 (with a truly abysmal 207 hp and 238 ft.lbs) and the tacoma with the 4.0. And for some reason the Toyota 4.0 felt way less powerful with worse responsiveness and slower acceleration than the ranger. That powerplant needs to be upgraded for sure or the ECU and transmission need some massive tweaking.
        • 3 Years Ago
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          caddy-v
          • 3 Years Ago
          Idiot! What's the Caprice got to do with this?
      imoore
      • 3 Years Ago
      I recently saw photos of the new global Toyota Hilux. That's what Toyota should be doing if they are serious about their small truck line. If the nipped/tucked Tacoma looks anything close to the current model, then no thanks. I'm no Toyota fan, but I still think they can do better than this.
        dinobot666
        • 3 Years Ago
        @imoore
        Toyota tailors this rig towards American buyers tastes and needs, which means pillowy soft ride and big seats for fat asses. The Hilux sold around the rest of the world is indeed a better truck, but doesn't really work well for north America. As far as HP ratings are concerned, what is more important for trucks is torque, which both the 4 cyl and V6 makes decent amount of for this size rig.
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