Next-gen 2023 Toyota Tacoma spied, could be another hybrid pickup

What’s up with Toyota? The company announced the next-generation Tundra Hybrid and just a month later it’s testing the next-gen Tacoma. According to rumors, the next-gen Toyota Tacoma may come with a hybrid powertrain option.

Design & mechanicals reader Jordan spotted a camouflaged pickup in Las Vegas, and it’s allegedly a prototype of the next-gen 2023 Toyota Tacoma. The heavy camouflage doesn’t allow the test mule to reveal anything except for two double-slat horizontal grille bars and an amber light below the headlamp. However, the unusual extension of the camouflage below the tailgate hints that Toyota could be developing a new rear suspension system for the next-gen Tundra.

2022 Toyota Tacoma front three quarters
The next-gen Toyota Tundra could feature a multi-link rear suspension with coil springs. Current-gen model pictured for reference. Image Source: Toyota

Like the Tundra, the Tacoma could adopt a multi-link rear suspension and switch from leaf springs to coil springs. Such a change could provide a more comfortable ride, increase straight-line stability, and improve overall handling dynamics.


Another big change in the next-gen Tacoma could be the availability of a hybrid powertrain. Toyota could offer a 2.5-liter D-4S gasoline engine with an electric motor (2WD)/two electric motors (4WD), and an additional, traction battery. The company has given no guidance about the powertrain strategy for the future Tundra, though. So, for the time being, this is pure speculation.

Rumor has it Toyota plans to club North America’s Tacoma and the Hilux, which is popular in the rest of the world, into one model. The Hilux, which reports have said will receive a hybrid system again, should undergo a full redesign a year or so after the Tacoma. Ford also plans to offer a hybrid variant of the Ranger in its next generation.

New Toyota Tundra release date

The next-gen Toyota Tacoma could debut in the second half of 2022 and go on sale as an MY2023 model. We will keep updating this story with more details as and when they emerge.

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