The next-gen Toyota Tacoma is being tested these days, and it seems to be taking a page out of the book from the new Toyota Tundra for its rear suspension. These spy photos give us both a good look at the suspension design and a decent look at the truck itself.
Traditionally, Toyota has used large sweeper-style camouflage to hide its rear suspension, but Toyota appears to have removed the guards for the off-road test taking place in these spy photos. Having said that, we can clearly distinguish that this Tacoma is not equipped with leaf springs at the rear. Also, the geometry is similar to what we already know from the 2022 Toyota Tundra. For example, it features similar swingarms as the Tundra.
Unfortunately, we can’t see the physical coil spring in these shots, but it’s relatively safe to assume they’re present given what we can see. Even before laying eyes on physical evidence, the educated guess would be that the new Tacoma would have coil-spring rear suspension based on reports that the new Tundra and Tacoma share platforms. It makes sense that Toyota shares the love of a smooth ride with the midsize Tacoma, and we’re glad to see the proof of that.
As for the rest of the pickup, Toyota covered it extensively in canvas and camouflage. A few notable elements that we can see, however, are the front and rear lights. The front LEDs appear to deviate from the Tundra’s design, but the taillights look like carbon copies of the Tundra’s tails. That vertically oriented triple-bar LED is utterly distinctive, and the only thing that looks drastically different from the Tundra is the sheer size of the light — smaller taillights on the smaller truck makes perfect sense.
We’ll note that there’s also a photo of the interior, but it appears to be a total mess and work in progress, so there’s not much knowledge to glean. Toyota hasn’t made any official announcement about when the next Tacoma will launch, but our best guess is a reveal for the 2024 model year.