Ford Authority originally spotted a 2024 Toyota Tacoma mule out testing last July, and since then, the all-new mid-size pickup has been spied on not just one, but two additional occasions in prototype form, giving us a preview of what to expect inside and out. Additionally, a design patent registration in Brazil gave us our potential first look at the all-new Tacoma via a handful of drawings back in January. As Ford Authority reported last July, a properly hardcore Ford Ranger Raptor rival could be in the works as well, but now, the automaker has confirmed that it will add at least one new variant to the lineup – the 2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter.
Other than the pair of teaser images seen here, not too many details were provided about the 2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter, though its intended purpose seems to be crystal clear. “Developed from the ground up for those seeking extended adventures, Tacoma Trailhunter will build upon Toyota’s legendary off-road and overlanding credibility with purpose-built engineering and robust components,” the automaker said.
Along with the Tacoma TRD Pro – which will be offered with a hybrid powertrain for the next-gen model – the Tacoma Trailhunter is yet another rival to the Ranger Tremor and Ranger Raptor, one that is equipped with an ARB rear bumper, as we can see in these teasers, tow hooks, dark headlights with “Trailhunter” script, flared fenders, and all-terrain tires.
It’s worth noting that the Tundra Trailhunter concept from the 2022 SEMA Show was also equipped with roof racks, a roof-top tent, a refrigerator, in-bed storage, off-road lighting, skid plates, and a unique suspension setup, to boot. It’s unclear if those parts will be included on the 2024 Tacoma Trailhunter, but at the very least, each could be sold separately as accessories.
The next-gen Toyota Tacoma will reportedly ride on the new TNGA-F platform that also underpins the new-for-2022 Tundra, with two engine options expected to be available – a turbocharged 2.4L four-cylinder already in use in the 2023 Highlander, which generates 265 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque in that guise, as well as a turbo 2.4L four-cylinder hybrid shared with the Lexus RX 500h, which produces 366 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque in the luxury crossover.
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In my opinion, the Tacoma almost appears as if it is in another class compared to the Ranger. The Ranger is very lackluster compared to the Tacoma. It lacks style, details and appeal inside and out. The aging and outgoing Tacoma still looks better than the watered down Ranger. I have a small sweet spot in my heart for Ford only because it was the brand my parents owned when I was growing up. I do like the Bronco, Mustang, and the exterior of the Explorer ST.
You mean it’s not bro enough. No turbo diesel-looking fake air intakes, no tacked on plastic toughness, and a cab you can actually sit in comfortably.
I fail to see how that’s a bad thing.
Drive a Tacoma and then drive the Ranger. I sold a 2021 Tacoma and bought a 2022 Ranger because of the massive difference in the ride and the driver’s seat. The Ranger is far more comfortable.
The Ranger needs to be cost competitive with the Tacoma & Canyon/Colorado! When considering the premium, off road models – Ford cannot be $5,000 more just because it is a “Raptor”!