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Toyota mid-size pickup completely redesigned with added power options and new suspension

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The 2024 Toyota Tacoma has more engine options and a new rear suspension. Toyota

Toyota has taken on a complete redesign for its mid-size 2024 Tacoma pickup, adding improved engine options and a new rear suspension to provide higher performance and handling.

Built on Toyota's global truck platform shared by the full-size Tundra and other models, the Tacoma has a strong and durable chassis with nods given by the designers to customer needs both for work and play.

Under the hood, a pair of robust, efficient powertrain options are now available. Both are based on a 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The base model provides 278 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque when paired with the new eight-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). A six-speed intelligent manual transmission (IMT) is also available, with those models producing 270 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque.

On certain models, the Tacoma will be equipped with the i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain, the most powerful ever offered on this truck. This engine combines the base 2.4-litre engine with a 48-hp electric motor integrated into the eight-speed transmission, drawing power from a 1.87-kWh NiMh battery pack. This combination results in a total system output of up to 326 hp and 465 lb.-ft. of torque, nearly doubling the torque output of the current generation's V6 engine.

A new fully redesigned coil spring multi-link rear suspension is standard on all Canadian grades, replacing the previous leaf springs, improving overall ride and handling for on- and off-road performance. Rear disc brakes are now standard as well, adding braking performance, and certain grades have larger front and rear brake packages for even better stopping power. An electronic parking brake can be synced to engage when the truck is put in park. This feature also allows for low-speed radar cruise control and a brake hold function.

Buyers who use their truck for towing can take advantage of up to 6,400 pounds of towing capacity on the SR5 i-FORCE, as well as available features like a trailer brake controller and Tow/Haul drive mode. Available Trailer Back Up Guidance aids in overall maneuvering, and Straight Path Assist offers a hands-free experience to help guide trailers.

For 2024, Tacoma has a larger bed volume, a 7 percent increase for more storage space even under the available tonneau cover. The sturdy aluminum tailgate features an available power open and close function with jam protection and borrows the quick release and close button from the Tundra integrated on the side of either taillight. Hands-free closing is also possible thanks to an auto-close function.

Gas grades offer a 400W AC inverter outlet available in the bed and on the rear of the centre console. The i-FORCE MAX grades come standard with a 2,400W AC inverter. 12V DC power access is also available in both the bed and the cabin.

Plenty of technology is available on the new Tacoma, both inside and out. A new 8-inch or available 14-inch multimedia touchscreen displays the latest Toyota Multimedia system. Multiple charging ports are found throughout the truck. A Smart Key System with push-button start is standard on all grades.

Safety features including pre-collision system, pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, road sign assist, and others are available on the Tacoma. Available cameras include a bed camera, Panoramic View Monitor with a 360-degree top-down view, and others.

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