2024 Toyota Tacoma looks great in these renders, will get new BEV variant

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Toyota has a habit of keeping its trucks and SUVs on sale well past the point where they're considered aging. Sequoia and Tundra have been fully updated after more than a decade without any significant change. That leaves the 4Runner and the Tacoma in Toyota's senior center, but we're now seeing the automaker's plans for the Taco. A recent post on the Tacoma4G forums shares some details from a Tier 1 supplier to Toyota. The supplier points out that there will be a new electric variant of the Tacoma, along with a sharp new design. The forum made renderings to accompany the post and if they are close to reality the new taco looks great.
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The renders show an updated Tacoma that shares much of its exterior design with the larger and more expensive Tundra, which was all-new for 2022. It lacks the handlebar mustache look of the Tundra's front end, but the boxy wheel arches, upright grille, and angular styling translate well to the smaller form. Gas-powered models get an open grille, while the EV variant comes with a closed grille.
The Tacoma name is stamped on the tailgate, just like the Tundra. The taillight design is nearly identical to the shapes also seen on the new Tundra. However, keep in mind that these are just renderings and are not officially from Toyota. We could see slight changes up to the final delivery date.
Toyota is expected to introduce an electric variant to the Tacoma lineup for the first time with its next-generation trucks. Last year, the automaker showed off a number of EV prototypes, one of which was strikingly similar in size and style to a Tacoma, so we'll no doubt see some form of electrification in the new truck.
The forum post says its sources confirmed that Toyota delayed production of the truck by about four months. The process was originally scheduled to begin in August 2023, but the automaker now anticipates production in December 2023. Dealers should start receiving inventory beginning in early 2024.
When it finally arrives, the Tacoma will have a healthy chunk of competition. The Rivian R1T hit the streets recently, and while it's more expensive than the Tacoma likely will be, it's an incredible vehicle. Ford recently applied for trademarks for the Ranger Lightning and Maverick Lightning names, so we'll likely see these trucks on sale around the same time.
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