2020 Toyota Tacoma Getting A Redesign As It Prepares To Flood Dealer Lots

Toyota will be presenting a refreshed version of its Tacoma pickup truck at the Chicago Auto Show next Thursday, February 7, at 11am Eastern time.

The shadowy teaser accompanying the announcement shows some light changes to the front end with new headlamp units and a wider grille with a narrower frame, but that’s about it.

While that’s not much to go on, as Toyota did not disclose any further information, it’s evident that the 2020 Tacoma builds upon the last redesign done four years ago for the 2016MY, so don’t expect any ground changing exterior alterations.

Some interior updates are likely to be served too, bringing the Tacoma’s technology features more in line with Toyota’s latest products.

Dealers are rubbing their hands

A more important aspect of the introduction of the 2020 Tacoma will be the ramp up of production at the San Antonio facility, as Toyota explained in its three-plant strategy. Autonews reports that Toyota has struggled to meet demand for the mid-size truck in recent years, all while Tacoma sales continued to surge, with the brand selling 245,659 units in 2018, a 24 percent increase over 2017.

Last year, the Tacoma was the fourth most popular pickup truck in America with an 8.3 percent stake in the overall market, trailing only the ‘Big 3’ – Ford’s F series, Chevrolet’s Silverado and Ram. What’s more impressive, though, is that not only did it beat the larger GMC Sierra, but also the combined sales of GM’s direct rivals, the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, clutching a 47 percent share in the growing mid-size pickup market.

Now with the production problems seemingly resolved, Toyota and it dealers have every right to be even more optimistic about the Tacoma’s future.

2019 Toyota Tacoma (above) vs 2020 Toyota Tacoma Facelift (below)

  • willhaven

    I hope they do something with their interior. It’s the shittiest interior in its class and is 15 years too old for the money.

    • Agreed. I’m hoping for some powertrain changes as well. Would like to see a 7-10 speed transmission + about 30-40 more lb feet of torque.

  • TheAmerican2point0

    So… it’s getting new headlights and possibly a new bumper?

    • no25

      that’s kind of how some facelifts work.

    • Why bother teasing a photo of a facelift. oh wait, clickbait. it worked.

  • Bobby Lee

    I hope they address the packaging which has plagued this vehicle for several generations. Sitting on the floor with legs straight out is terrible for above average height drivers.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      I dunno…based on the teaser photo, the new one looks lower. 😉

      • MarkoS

        He is talking about the seating position.

  • MarkoS

    If its not broke don’t fix it, much. Toyota knows what its buyers want, with the Tacoma anyway.

  • Liam Paul

    looks like L.E.D headlamps.. Of all the toyota’s , the 4 runner, tacoma and Tundra have always been the best looking Toyota products

  • SteersUright

    Will this family of trucks EVER get the full redesign they’ve been deserving for years?

    • MarkoS

      Customers are obviously happy. This would put a full redesign at 2022-2024.

  • FordMopar

    Pulling a Ranger, ehh…? Old Ranger, that is….

  • James Moore

    I wish they would redesign the Tundra and Sequoia instead of doing light refreshes of the Taco. They could throw in the 4 Runner while they’re at it.

  • Thunderbolt

    it looks like a Hippopotamus sticking its half face out of the water.

  • Please, please, please let there be a powertrain update

  • David De Fortier

    Well atleast toyota are doing the headlights properly. Looks awesome. Most other manufacturers are styling the lights to look like something thats supposed to light up billboard advertisements

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