2016 Toyota Tacoma, official photos and specs

Toyota saw fit to grant the Tacoma saga with another episode, which is the main reason why we are here, telling you about the 2016 Toyota Tacoma

The Michigan-built 2016 Toyota Tacoma saw daylight at the North American International Auto Show, where the Japanese pickup truck launched the offensive against the likes of Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

Design-wise and as far as we can tell, the 2016 Tacoma took the evolution road while also adopting – to some extent – features from the 4Runner. For example, you can't mistake the menacing grille framed by equally aggressive headlights fitted with optional LED daytime running lights.

Muscle is the name of the game when it comes to the truck's side profile, courtesy of the beefy fenders and tough appearance generated by the 16- to 18-inch wheels. The hard-working, bad boy attitude is not just for show, as Toyota tells us that the 2016 Tacoma sits on a frame that was imbued with "high strength steel to help enhance rigidity and overall strength".

The rough atmosphere is continued in the cabin, where the 2016 Toyota Tacoma keeps things clean and simple, as it should. The scenery is dominated by metallic accents but on high-end versions, the Tacoma receives features like leather-trimmed seats, a power tilt/slide moonroof along with a dual-zone auto climate control and blind-spot monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Under the hood, the mid-size pickup truck will host one of the two engines made available by Toyota. In other words, clients can choose a 2.7-liter DOHC four-cylinder aggregate good for 159 HP and 180 lb-ft of torque, paired with a new six-speed auto transmission with electronic shift or a five-speed manual gearbox.

Those looking for more grunt can tick the box next to the new 3.5-liter Atkinson cycle V6 engine that promises to deliver 278 HP and 265 lb-ft of torque. Besides the auto transmission, the V6 can team up with the new six-speed manual gearbox. If it's towing power you're interested in, remember that the V6 Tow Package might comply with your needs: once installed, it allows the 2016 Tacoma to tow up to 6,800 lb.

Five trim levels are available for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road and Limited. Furthermore, two cab types are offered, namely the extended Access Cab and the four-door Double Cab setup. Both are available with 4×2 or 4×4 choices.

Prices range from $23,300 for the SR Access Cab Tacoma fitted with the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic gearbox. However, if your demands are going higher than that, expect a price tag of $34,745 for the Double Cab Limited V6 and the six-speed automatic transmission.