The mid-size pickup truck class is getting more and more popular each day, with a new audience from all over the globe. Every major automotive brand tries to jump in and establish the name for themselves in this very competitive segment. The Japanese companies are not the exception. So, in the next year, the Aichi-based carmaker will present the brand-new 2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel.

With its sharp design language, reliability, power, and affordable price Tacoma Diesel will be an equal competitor on the growing market. The most noticeable visual changes are introducing a fresh grille and higher-placed bumpers. Furthermore, the interior provides a high-level of comfort, driver-aid features, and very supportive seats. Also, with a robust engine, the towing capacity is improved, and it is one of the main advantages of the upcoming model.

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Design

2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel will mostly retain the recognizable design language. However, the diesel truck will have a brand-new grille and slightly higher bumper as well. Also, the fog lights vents include the chrome components, which provide better illumination and improve the overall appearance. The lower part of the truck is covered with a hardened plastic, that will keep the vehicle safe and sound.

On the other hand, the cabin brings a lot of changes and improvements. The first thing you’ll notice is the redesigned dashboard with aluminum accents. In the same manner, the controls are covered with tactile materials. The technology aspect is updated as well, with available AppleCarPlay/Android Auto connectivity on each model.

Moreover, Wi-Fi, SD ports, and four USB comes as standard. The seats are leather-covered, and offer excellent support, especially for the driver. Tacoma Diesel carries a 4-door body style, so the entering/exiting out of the vehicle and access to the second row will be very easy. The upcoming mid-size truck will be slightly longer, with expanded legroom space. Also, the customers will have nine exterior colors to choose from and eight interior color options.

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2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel TRD Pro

The most attractive version of 2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel is the TRD Pro. We can say that it is probably the most anticipated arrivals in the growing mid-size pickup market. The TRD Pro establishes itself as a very reliable truck, with unique styling and efficiency. Besides, with the rugged exterior design language like this, it’s going to be hard to miss it on the streets. The matte black hood scoop, the company’s recognizable grille, and black taillight bezels will draw attention and provide a distinctive appearance at the same time.

Furthermore, the Rigid Industries LED fog lights, and black-painted 16-inch alloy wheels improve TRD Pro styling even further. This pickup looks very handsome, with the inch-higher of the ground clearance than the regular Tacoma. The cabin offers heated leather-covered seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. On top of that, the red accent stitching adds a more luxurious touch to the interior.

The steering wheel-mounted controls are straightforward to operate, with the nicely arranged buttons and knobs. Still, probably the best feature of the cabin is the power-operated rear window. This feature helps to cool the cabin without letting in the wind vibrations. The precise information about the type of engine that TRD Pro will use is still unknown. We assume that the company will go for a more powerful mill than on the standard Tacoma Diesel.

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Engine

The forthcoming 2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel will use the same engine that currently powers the Toyota Hilux models. The customers in the US will get 2.8-liter turbo diesel mills as the only available option. The Japanese company announced that it would focus on larger drivetrains in the future. With that in mind, we can say that the standard 2.4-liter unit lacks power and can’t compete with other pickups on the market.

The 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine produces 180 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of twist. The engine is connected to either a standard 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic transmission. Besides, with the diesel power under the hood, the Tacoma will increase its towing capacity up to almost 8,000 pounds.

This rating helps to stand out in the mid-size pickup class. The diesel pickup returns 34/30 mpg, which is an impressive rating taking into account that some company’s crossovers get the same figures.

2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel Release Date and Price

2021 Toyota Tacoma Diesel comes in three different trims, beside the entry-level version. The MSRP for the base model starts around $27,500. TRD Sport adds more equipment, some exclusive features, and a starting price of $34,000. Furthermore, the TRD Off-Road version will cost around $35,300. However, we recommend the top-line TRD Pro.

Yes, it’s easy to recommend the most expensive model, you’re right. But, for the starting price of $44,000, you’ll get a robust and durable pickup. 2021 Tacoma Diesel in the base variant is more affordable than Nissan Frontier. Still, it is more expensive than another class rival – Chevrolet Colorado. The release date of the 2021 model is still unknown, but we expect that the Diesel pickup will hit the streets in the first half of 2020.

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