While most parts were carried over, 2016 Tacoma new engine is probably the biggest change for upcoming model. Nevertheless, new Tacoma will carry over some older engines, but on the spotlight is new 3.5-l Atkinson cycle V6 powertrain. This should refresh the lineup and bring more excitement for this truck.
2016 Tacoma – atkinson drivetrain
Under the hood of the 2016 Tacoma new engine will be 3.5-l Atkinson cycle V6. From what we saw at car show in Detroit, it is D4S model with direct injection. There is also a variant with port injection. Total output wasn’t stated, so until official info, we can listen to rumors started near the company. Some of them say that 2016 Tacoma will produce 240 hp from its 3.5-l Atkinson cycle V6, with 260 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, while automatic transmission is offered as option. New vehicle is going to get crawl control for better off-road performance at lower speeds. It will control throttle and braking in hard condition. Still, complete features list and exact output numbers are to be unveiled, probably later this year.
2016 Tacoma – other engines
Except refreshments, new 2016 Tacoma will carry over a 2.7-l 4-cylinder unit from previous model. We still don’t know if this drivetrain will get some upgrades or will go as same as it was in 2015 model. However, we do not expect some significant change in power, with 159 hp delivered from the last Tacoma. Same 6-speed gearbox is going to transfer power to wheels, as it is paired with Atkinson powertrain. Latest model had a 4.0-l V6, with near output as it is planned for new 3.5-l unit. However, this engine is dropped.
2016 Tacoma mpg
New 3.5-l Atkinson cycle V6 is mainly launched to improve mpg rate for 2016 Tacoma. Exact numbers were not introduced, but we are sure there will be improvements to latest model. Comparing to 4.0-l V6, which had 19 mpg combined rating for rear-wheel drive and 18 mpg for all-wheel system, we expect that 2016 Tacoma is going to gain at least couple of miles per gallon.
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