Another novelty for the famous truck for the next year could be a new hybrid version, which should come as 2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid. The famous truck has been offered exclusively to the North American market for about 23 years. For all this time, it was always based on models like Hilux and 4Runner. Besides the same platform, it has been using various other parts, including most of the chassis, engines etc. So far, there have been three generations of this capable truck.
The current model is present for about three years, since 2015. Latest reports suggest that the next year will bring several updates for sure. We are all waiting to see a new TRD performance version, but another novelty could be a hybrid powertrain. This would be something very new when it comes to trucks, but the company already has a powertrain that would be a perfect fit.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid redesign
Speaking of the base design characteristics, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid should feature be very close to the base gasoline model. Moreover, it will feature identical styling, as well as complete mechanics, if we don’t count the engine system. Still, the new version will be most likely offered exclusively in either double or crew cab variant or in both of them. On the other side, it definitely won’t come in a regular-cab body style. This would be a high-grade version, with a lot of equipment and standard features. Most likely, it will be on par with highest trims levels of gasoline models, which means a full-load of standard equipment, including company’s latest safety systems, as well as numerous entertainment things.
When it comes to the styling, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid will follow design language of the gasoline model. Moreover, it will be identical. Still, the next year update could bring some styling changes. So far, this was about the base gasoline model, but the new hybrid certainly won’t come with the outdated look. It will adopt all the changes, which shouldn’t be so numerous. Most of them will definitely come at the front, where we could see few tweaks on the front fascia, bumper etc. Also, novelties in terms of colors and wheels design are possible too.
On the inside, the new 2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid should be pretty the same as gasoline models. We should see a familiar cabin, with only some tweaks on the instrument cluster and dashboard. Of course, the list of standard features should be pretty unique. Rest of the truck should remain the same.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid powertrain
As we’ve mentioned, the company already has a hybrid powertrain that will perfectly fit this truck. It is a hybrid version of the popular Highlander crossover, which combines a V6 gasoline engine and electric motors. It features a familiar 3.5-liter gasoline V6 and combines it with three electric motors. The result is plenty of power and impressive fuel economy. A total output goes around 306 horsepower, which will provide pretty solid acceleration numbers. Still, fuel economy will be the strongest point of this truck, which should be far better compared to the current gasoline V6 version. All-wheel-drive should be standard.
Besides the new hybrid powertrain, the famous truck will continue with familiar gasoline units. There is a 2.7-liter inline-four engine with 160 horses, as well as 3.5-liter V6 with around 280 horses. Finally, there are rumors about the new diesel version, which could also come already for the 2019-year model.
2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid release date and price
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid should come late in the year. When it comes to the price, this version will certainly go over 30.000 dollars.