TORRANCE, California — Truck buyers got their first glimpse of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma as Toyota released its first photo of the redesigned pickup truck ahead of a formal debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.
The image shows the left rear end of a 4x4 version of the 2016 Tacoma as it splashes through the mud. The teaser photo hints at a more aggressive look for the truck with a bolder "TACOMA" emblazoned across the tailgate.
"The all-new 2016 Tacoma will be ready to once again set the benchmark for midsize pickup performance," Toyota said in a statement. "Backed by a heritage of unwavering capability, an unbreakable attitude and new, rugged tech, Tacoma's off-road prowess is more formidable than ever."
Pricing and technical specifications have not been disclosed.
The suspense ends on January 12, when the wraps come off the 2016 Tacoma. The redesigned Tacoma is expected to arrive at Toyota dealerships sometime next year.
Also set for a debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show is the redesigned 2016 Nissan Titan full-size pickup.
The debut of the Tacoma comes just a few months after the rollout of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, key competitors to the Toyota truck. The Colorado is on sale now at Chevrolet dealerships, while the Canyon is on sale now at GMC dealerships.
The Tacoma also competes with the Nissan Frontier.
Edmunds says: Lower gas prices are making trucks and SUVs more attractive choices for shoppers, so the debut of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma will be one of the highlights of the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.