Saturday, 16 November 2019

A Brief History Of Toyota Tacoma Over The Years

 The Toyota Tacoma has developed along with its size since it was first introduced in 1995. Not only has Tacoma gone from being a compact to a medium-sized truck, but it has also become more powerful and more sophisticated over the years.
Understanding the history of Tacoma helps you understand the quality of the execution and the design that the current
model represents. Here is a brief look at the history of the Toyota Tacoma:

First Generation(1995 - 2004)

The Toyota Tacoma was first introduced a couple of months in 1995 as a replacement for the Toyota Hilux, which was also known simply as Toyota Pickup. The Tacoma was intended to improve the driving quality offered by the Hilux, as well as to improve handling, comfort and safety. Meanwhile, the Hilux was designed to be tough and powerful, although not necessarily comfortable. The size and characteristics of the new Tacoma were aimed at drivers who would use their trucks as personal vehicles, rather than for commercial or industrial use.

The Tacoma was presented after five years of development, and arrived as a truck with two-wheel or four-wheel drive and offered three engine options. The base model came with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that generated 142 horsepower and 160 pounds per foot of torque. The improvements include a 2.7-liter four-cylinder that produces 150 horsepower and 177 pounds per foot of torque and a 3.4-liter V6 that produces 190 horsepower and 220 pounds per foot of torque. The base model was fuel efficient for a van, offering 29 mpg on the highway.

The base model and the V6 engine were offered on two driving wheels, and both included automatic or manual transmission options. These options changed over the years, with options such as crew cabins and new suspension.

Second Generation(2005 - 2015)

The new generation of the Tacoma evolved into a mid-sized pickup and included a variety of options, including two engines, four transmissions, three cabins (regular, access and crew cabins) and two (6 foot or 5 foot) bed lengths for a total of 18 configurations ,

The two engine variants were a 2.7-liter 2TR-FE four-cylinder with 159 hp and 180 pounds per foot of torque and a 4.0-liter 1GR FE V6 engine with 236 hp and 266 pounds per foot of torque. The transmission options were a four-speed automatic transmission, a five-speed automatic transmission, a five-speed manual transmission and a six-speed manual transmission.

With the second generation, an X-Runner equipment variant was introduced. These included the 4.0-liter engine with six-speed manual transmission, an improved suspension package and 18-inch alloy wheels. Other features included downhill help, hill start assistance, optional limited slip differential and an optional off-road package.

The new Tacoma also had upgrades for the bed. As a cover rail system, mounting cleats, hook pins and storage boxes. The off-road package included a power socket in bed.

In the following years many more features were added. Some of the optional features of the 2005 model became standard the following year, and additional interior colors were added the following year. Additional safety features were added in 2009 and the Tacoma received a facelift this year. Some of the design changes included a revised grille, new LED taillights and smoke lights. The model has also been supplied with four new exterior colors and some new interior features.
Another boost came in 2012 when the Tacoma got a new grille, headlamps, front bumper, bonnet and a shark fin antenna. The interior has also been redesigned and some features added, such as satellite radio.
A touch screen audio system was introduced in 2013, and an SR panel was added in 2014. The 2015 models were introduced without a regular cab, further enhancing the profile of the Tacoma.

Third Generation (2016 - Present)

The third generation has an updated exterior with a larger grille, stronger headlamps, an air dam, a spoiler and a redesigned bed. The new Tacoma will have a 2.7-liter Inline 4 engine and a six-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission in the base model. An upgraded 3.5-liter V6 engine will also be available with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The body of the truck is made of high-strength steel for better performance and lighter weight, which should improve fuel efficiency. The suspension has also been improved to improve off-road performance.

For the Toyota Tacoma 2016, five trim levels are available. Only the Access Cab and the Double Cab are offered.
Interior enhancements include soft-touch materials instead of plastic, a larger touchscreen display, a new instrument panel, and better insulation to improve ride quality. For the first time also the double air conditioning is introduced. A terrain select mode is also being introduced for the first time in TRD trim.

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