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Chicago: 2020 Toyota Tacoma

by Ronan Glon

More tech and design tweaks highlight the changes.

Toyota has unveiled the updated 2020 Tacoma ahead of its public debut during the Chicago auto show. The truck receives a handful of design tweaks on both ends, and small but meaningful tech upgrades in the cabin.

Stylists penned a new grille that's available on nearly every trim level. The changes also include new-look lights on both ends, and additional alloy wheel designs that vary from trim level to trim level. These updates are minor, but the Tacoma wasn't in need of a major redesign; it's one of the best-selling pickup trucks in the United States.

Toyota hasn't released photos of the interior yet. It promises that, inside, SR5 and higher models receive a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat -- a first in the Tacoma's history -- and an improved infotainment system. It's displayed on a seven-inch screen in base models, and on an eight-inch unit in SR5 and higher models. The big news is that the software is compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa. Toyota has long resisted Android Auto and Apple CarPlay; it evidently caved.

Every trim level also comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). It bundles pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with sway warning system, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

There are no mechanical changes to report. The entry-level Tacoma carries on with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Buyers who need more grunt can move up to a 3.5-liter V6 tuned to produce 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Transmission options include a six-speed automatic and a six-speed manual.  

Built in either Texas or Mexico, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma will reach American showrooms in the coming months. Look for a pricing announcement before then. 

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