2016 Toyota Tacoma To Debut at Detroit Auto Show | Edmunds

2016 Toyota Tacoma To Debut at Detroit Auto Show

DETROIT — The redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck will debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January, Toyota announced on Thursday.

Details were not revealed, but the assumption is that the much-anticipated update of the Tacoma will include more modern styling, a revamped interior and, most importantly, more powerful and fuel-efficient engine choices. Comfort and toughness are expected to be hallmarks of the redesigned Tacoma.

The announcement was made at a media event in Detroit.

The upcoming Motor City show is shaping up as a must-see event for truck shoppers. Earlier, Edmunds confirmed that the redesigned 2016 Nissan Titan also will be unveiled there.

The 2016 Tacoma is expected to arrive at Toyota dealerships sometime next year.

Lower gas prices are making trucks and SUVs more attractive choices for shoppers.

With the Dodge Dakota and Ford Ranger out of production for several years, the Tacoma's primary competition has come from the Nissan Frontier. Lately, Toyota has enjoyed a dominant position in the market segment, accounting for 66 percent of sales of less-than-full-size trucks.

But the picture changed recently when General Motors threw down the gauntlet with its all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups.

Already arriving at dealers, the 2015 Colorado and Canyon can achieve an estimated 27 mpg on the highway for a two-wheel-drive model equipped with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and can boast 305 horsepower with the optional 3.6-liter V6. That compares to the 2015 Tacoma's 25 highway mpg when fitted with the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, and 236 hp with the available 4.0-liter V6.

Edmunds says: Toyota will need to bring its "A" game, especially in the areas of power and efficiency, if the 2016 Tacoma is to compete successfully in what has suddenly become a more competitive market segment.

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