Other “sport and outdoorsy” trucks and trims expected to be revealed, too

The Chicago Auto Show is all set to kick off on February 6, and Toyota has already created some buzz about it. The Japanese automaker teased an image of a front passenger-side lower fascia that appears to be the Tacoma’s. Toyota coupled this pic with a statement that read, “sporty and outdoorsy, with a touch of nocturnal mischief.”

At the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, Toyota unveiled the 2020 Tacoma. In all likelihood, Toyota will use this year’s show to focus primarily on off-road stuff. All this indicates a new off-road trim for the Tacoma. Wait, just one off-road trim, or many more?

Could It Be New Trims, Or Packages, Or Both?

Toyota Teases New Tacoma Trims for The 2020 Chicago Auto Show
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Toyota released a teaser image of the Tacoma’s wheel ripping through some dirt. This smart-looking black wheel comes with six lug nuts, so it being a picture of the Tundra is ruled out.

You can also see the black plastic-clad square wheel arch along with the front mud flap and bits of the bumper. The press release reads “the forecast for the Windy City looks sporty and outdoorsy, with a touch of nocturnal mischief as Toyota debuts new variants to the portfolio. Join us for the Toyota Press Conference on Thursday, February 6, at 10:30 a.m. CST during the 2020 Chicago Auto Show.”

A Nightshade Package On The Tacoma Will Look Hot!

2019 Toyota 4Runner Nightshade Special Edition
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The “sporty and outdoorsy” bit could mean more rugged trims. The Tacoma already has the TRD Pro, so it could mean for some other products. Or an overland themed-truck? As for the “nocturnal mischief,” it could refer to a blacked-out edition of the truck; perhaps, the Nightshade package?

At present, the company offers this package on five of its products – 4Runner, Camry, Corolla, Corolla hatch, and Sienna. Tacoma could be added to the list as well, since we see black alloys in this image. Apart from this, Toyota has already announced that it will be displaying four special vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show. The automaker also plans to display the RAV4 Prime Plug-in Hybrid and the Mirai fuel-cell EV. With this picture, Toyota has hyped things all the more.

Toyota Loves The Chicago Auto Show

2020 Toyota Tacoma
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Last year’s Chicago Show saw Toyota introduce the 2020 Tacoma. To summarize the changes, the 2020 model comes in six trims in total - SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-road, Limited, and TRD Pro - and each of them is offered with either a new front grille, or new wheels, or both when compared to the previous model.

The entry-level SR and SR5 trims come with new, darker taillight housings, and the SR5 even offers daytime running lights. The TRD Sport comes with chrome taillight inserts, LED fog lamps, and a new LED bed lamp. The Limited trim now offers LED headlights as standard. The biggest change came in the form of Apple CarPlay. Toyota finally realized that not offering simple stuff like Apple CarPlay on its lineup will dent the sales figures. For the 2020 model, the Toyota Tacoma introduced a bigger 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay as well as Amazon Alexa.

What’s The Tacoma TRD Pro Trim About?

2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
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The off-road trim of the Tacoma presently is the TRD Pro. This trim was best benefitted on the 2020 model. It received the maximum changes.

New sequential LED headlights and daytime running lights, new 16-inch, and black inserts in the taillights were introduced to make it look all the more aggressive.

The trim also received a new exterior shade - an Army Green paint job, thus completing the color palette which already includes shades like the Super White, Midnight Black Metallic, and Magnetic Gray Metallic.

As for the drivetrain, the 2020 Tacoma TRD Pro comes with two engines to choose from – a 2.7-liter, naturally aspirated, four-cylinder mill that makes 159 horses and 180 pound-feet of twist, and a 3.5-liter, V-6 mill that develops 278 ponies and 265 pound-feet of torque.

2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Specifications
Engine 2.7-liter, naturally aspirated, four-cylinder 3.5-liter, V-6
Horsepower 159 HP 278 HP
Torque 180 LB-FT 265 LB-FT
Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission system as standard, but the larger V-6 mill can be mated to a six-speed manual as well.

It also comes with FOX shocks at the front. V-6 Tacomas come standard with a tow kit that includes:

  • a hitch
  • an engine oil cooler
  • a power steering cooler
  • an automatic transmission fluid cooler
  • a 130-amp alternator.

The truck can tow and haul up to 6,400 pounds and 1,175 pounds respectively. This off-road trim starts at $43,960, so expect the truck to cost a little more after all the modifications made to this trim.

Final Thoughts

Toyota Teases New Tacoma Trims for The 2020 Chicago Auto Show
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With so many changes made to the 2020 Tacoma last year at the same event, we can expect new stuff this time as well. Do you think the Tacoma will receive another off-road-oriented trim? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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