This week Toyota brought a moderately revamped 2020 Tacoma to the Chicago Auto Show, although we're still not talking about a wholly new generation. Immediately noticeable is the revised seatback fabric on the new 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support. An LED bed lamp has been added to the options list for increased nighttime visibility while loading and unloading cargo. The keyless ignition system available on higher trim levels of the Tacoma now features a sensor on the passenger's door in addition to the one on the driver's door. Almost every trim level of the 2020 Tacoma will be getting a new grille and set of wheels. Seat surfaces are covered in "SofTex", a material Toyota says is "lighter than leather yet highly durable", while the front pews have "TRD" lettering stitched onto the headrests. Basically, besides the new grille and wheel designs, smoked taillights, as well as the sequential LED headlights on the TRD Pro version, the pickup looks identical to the current model. TRD and Limited trims can also be had with LED headlights that sport a new design.
On the outside, the Tacoma hasn't changed much: a redesigned grill differentiates 2020 models from 2019s.
Only one engine will power this version of the auto, a 5.7-liter i-FORCE V8 gasoline unit that develops 381 horsepower and 401 lb. -ft. of torque. The mill is linked to an eight-speed Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission and Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive (TV-AWD) with Rear Driveline Disconnect.
The V-6's standard trailer-towing package includes a Class IV hitch and an upgraded cooling system that gives the truck a 6,800-pound rating. What's more, the system also integrates Amazon's Alexa.
For the Sequoia, the TRD Pro package comes as an boost needed by the vehicle to fulfill its off-road aspirations.
Prices for the new Tacoma and Sequoia TRD Pro will be announced closer to their on-sale dates later this year. The main tweaks include beefier Fox internal bypass shocks front and rear, 18-inch BBS wheels, and a front skid plate; running boards and a roof rack enhance the Sequoia's ruggedness, at least superficially.