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Looking to defend its place as the best-selling midsize pickup in America, Toyota has fully redesigned the Tacoma for 2016.

Toyota hasn’t released specifications yet, but our the company trotted its new truck out as a preview to next week’s Detroit Auto Show. From them a few of the upgrades Toyota has brought to its new midsize pickup are obvious.

Many of the styling cues from the new Tundra are present on the small truck including the Tacoma nameplate being stamped directly into the sheet metal on the tailgate. The trailer light hookups are now above the bumper and the ground clearance appears to be increased. Finally, a V6 badge on the back of the truck reveals at least one of the engines, although it’s still not clear whether it is a new motor or the same 4.0-liter V6 the truck uses today.

In a recent interview, Toyota chief truck engineer Mike Sweers suggested that updates coming to the Tacoma would be much more substantial than those that came to the Tundra, hinting at the possibility of an updated powertrain.

Toyota hasn’t dealt with serious competition to the Tacoma in years, but General Motors is challenging its status in the segment with the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon siblings.
See more 2016 Toyota Tacoma photos at AutoGuide.com
 

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Tacoma/Colorado are a toss up in the looks dept but the Canyon blows both away.

If the Tacoma keeps the 4.0 displacement with updates, GM may be in trouble since they decided to stick with the 3.6 despite the HF line being capable of up to 4.0 liters. Specifically worried about torque and towing numbers.
 

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This should have Toyota's 2.7L and a "truck-tuned" version of their 3.5L which, combined with an 8AT, would feel no less powerful than the current 4.0L/5AT and would be both faster and more economical. Plus a diesel would be nice, but that's not gonna happen. I'm mainly interested in how nice the interior and drive is relative to the GM pair.
 

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I can't be bothered arguing the looks of a vehicle anymore, and unless it's insanely hideous, which is rare these days (like that Toyota fuel-cell monstrosity), some are going to love it, some like it, some dislike it, and some hate it. My preference is for the GM twins, and I'd even put the Nissan ahead of this new Tacoma, but the looks won't make OR break it. Toyota can't make headway in the fullsize market to save their lives, but they're firmly entrenched as the midsize champ. Anything new is going to grab some attention, so they clearly will put up a bit of a challenge to the Colorado and Canyon.
 

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I think just like the Tundra, it looks better than the outgoing model, but unless it has some serious interior and/or powertrain upgrades it won't be much of a match for the Colorado/Canyon in the comparison tests.

As far as sales goes, the Taco has built up a pretty loyal following, so I don't know.
 

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As far as sales goes, the Taco has built up a pretty loyal following, so I don't know.
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It doesn't matter how the new Tacoma looks, it will sell to the faithful in huge numbers. Toyota has been peddling the same truck for a decade, so there has to be pent-up demand from those who have been waiting for something new.

Personally, I think the front-end is hideous and overdone like pretty much every Toyota sold today, but then, I'm not the target audience.

I will be curious to see if the interior is overwrought and finished in cheap plastic befitting a 90's GM vehicle like most recent Toyo offerings.
 

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Canyon and Colorado have nothing to worry about!
Toyota got to be the leader in this segment because of their reputation of reliability and they got a lot of customers from disappointed GM, Ford, and Dodge owners. Once you lose a customer, it is very difficult to get them back. Toyota doesn't have to beat the GM twins, they only have to come reasonably close.

I had 5 new GM vehicles until I got a real lemon in 1983. I didn't get another GM product until 2008 and only then because it was cheap and had a 100,000 powertrain warranty. It didn't make me want another.
 

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It doesn't matter how the new Tacoma looks, it will sell to the faithful in huge numbers. Toyota has been peddling the same truck for a decade, so there has to be pent-up demand from those who have been waiting for something new.

Personally, I think the front-end is hideous and overdone like pretty much every Toyota sold today, but then, I'm not the target audience.

I will be curious to see if the interior is overwrought and finished in cheap plastic befitting a 90's GM vehicle like most recent Toyo offerings.
Yeah. It's okay, but so are the twins. Not a letdown or a blowout, just is. It'll sell to Tacoma lovers, of which there exists plenty.
 

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I wonder how well these will sell. Despite how dated the Tacoma has become, sales of the Tacoma have increased in the US every year following 2010 except 2014 which were still strong.

Makes me want a new 4Runner though, actually.
 
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