Although there were strong indications that Toyota will launch a diesel version of its compact truck in 2019, the release date is prolonged. Now, the Japanese carmaker can’t allow another year of disappointment. So, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma Diesel is more certain than ever. There are few other factors – the arrival of Ford Ranger, which can also bring diesel engine. Also, FCA plans to bring its own pickup to mid-range class. Jeep Scrambler is official, and now we are waiting if the company brings back Dodge Dakota based on the Fiat Fullback.
All in all, an interesting season is ahead of fans and enthusiasts. Full-size truck stole the show in 2018, the heavy-duty class will do it next year. But, with such updates and comebacks, nothing less interesting will be in the compact segment. Rumors about Tacoma Diesel drew a lot of attention in the past. Now, when the new model is definitely coming, fans are on alert again.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Diesel Release Date
We still don’t have the schedule of appearance for the 2020 Toyota Tacoma Diesel. The company will make it official when they become sure the EPA will give a green light to the diesel engine. It could take some time, so we could see a new truck in the second half of 2019. Whatsoever, it will appear in salons later that year, or even in 2020.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Diesel 1KD-FTV Engine and Specs
While other carmakers are purchasing diesel engines from companies specialized for that, Toyota is building their own. And the latest one we can see is already 20 years old. Yes, every now and then, engineers in the Japanese company are updating it. So, the 1KD-FTV diesel engine now can meet efficiency and emission restrictions even in California.
A 3.0-liter unit seems to be big for a mid-size truck, but it actually fits great into the lineup. The engine can produce 170-190 hp and 300-310 lb-ft of torque, depending on tuning. Just for comparison, Duramax powertrain is producing 180 hp and 370 pound-feet. The 1KD-FTV engine has already been used by conversion companies. Now, it is the main favorite to be under the hood of the 2020 Toyota Tacoma Diesel. Direct injection D-4D system maximizes output. New full-size diesel trucks will use similar displacements, but with turbochargers. If this engine gets turbocharged, it will be good even for Toyota Tundra diesel.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Diesel TRD Pro
One of the major questions is – will 2020 Toyota Tacoma Diesel get a TRD Pro suite? This is an off-road set of features, and a diesel engine will be its final upgrade, the icing on the cake. We can’t imagine what this powertrain can do in combination with unique upgrades the TRD Pro is bringing to Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner SUV.
The 2020 Toyota Tacoma Diesel TRD Pro will have everything a standard gasoline version of a truck has to offer. Special badging all around the vehicle, unique graphics, and revisited interior are cosmetic upgrades. What is more important – special FOX suspension and shocks will make an off-road ride smoother and enjoyable. Added ground clearance and all-terrain 16-inch tires will help your 2020 Tacoma Diesel with TRD Pro package go over any obstacle. Also, there are some lighter versions of suites delivered by Toyota Racing Development department.
2020 Toyota Tacoma Diesel Price
Well, everything about the engine is just experts opinions and speculations based on the existing offer. Whatsoever, it is not impossible for Japanese carmaker to create the next-gen diesel engine. However, that would raise the cost of the truck for too much. A 1KD-FTV D-4D engine is a more affordable variant which will add around $3,000 over the value of petrol engine. So, the price of the 2020 Toyota Tacoma Diesel could start at $28,000. The TRD Pro is top of the line trim and it will cost nearly $50,000 with a diesel engine.