2022 Toyota Tacoma Redesign – Toyota plans to use a new truck platform to support next generation Tundra and Tacoma, according to a report from Automotive News. An unnamed source in Toyota revealed the news, saying the platform is known internally as “F1 ” and will be used in the pickup on a global scale.
Of course, the Tundra is a full-size pickup, while the medium-sized Tacoma. This means that the Toyota truck platform needs to have modularity levels, similar to the company’s TNGA platform which supports large and small cars. Toyota sources reported that the joint platform is almost complete, and we can expect to see a truck built on it as soon as the model year 2021. If that’s true, almost certainly we’ll see the Tundra crashing platform first. The truck’s roots trace up to 2007, and the truck actually feels its age to modern domestic pickups. We also saw the spy shot of a Tundra donkey running around, trying hard to hide what was underneath.
Toyota has done a significant job for the recent Tacoma. It was completely unfounded in 2015, and Toyota has just released a lightweight refresher for the 2020 model year at the Chicago Auto Show. This makes us believe that Tacoma can continue to run as it is, adopting the F1 platform a few moments after the Tundra did.
Apart from a series of recent updates, Toyota Tacoma today returned to the year 2015. Typically, vehicles approaching a five-year mark are scheduled for a complete redesign. Not so with Tacoma. Larger and older tundra need a redesign in advance. Based on the latest sales figures, Toyota must feel very confident about the ability of Tacoma to confront new competitors.
For the first quarter of this year, Tacoma sales rose slightly above 8% of the same time last year with a total of 58,183 units sold. The second place is the Chevrolet Colorado, which sold 33,494 units, an impressive 16% increase. However, Colorado and its twin, GMC Canyon (whose sales fell by more than 3.5%) Also shows age after being manufactured since 2014.
Nissan Frontier is even older and the sale of this year has declined by more than 11% to 20,221 units. The reborn Ford Ranger sold 9,421 units, but it just hit the market and needed time to accumulate momentum. The outcome of this sale clearly tells Toyota that its Tacoma is hanging there. It sold over its closest competitor, Colorado, with nearly 25,000 units.
In fact, Tacoma sells Colorado and Canyon a lot more. With a 45% market share compared to 26% Colorado, Toyota continued to climb the sales of medium-sized trucks to the summit. The question is, how long will it last, especially given the return of the Ranger?
Word also says that the Chevrolet is preparing the major half-life of Colorado for the year 2020. The new complete redesign will begin in 2022. Will the 2020 update be enough to tackle the Tacoma and Ranger? Maybe, yes, but this is what Tacoma has that is not owned by Colorado and Ranger: reputation and loyalty. Even Tacoma secondhand, for those who want to save money, are quickly exchanged from a lot of dealers, usually within five working days.
The durability and quality of the famous Tacoma buildings and buyers do not have to worry. The initial sales number 2019 is further proof. But there is still one wild card: Jeep Gladiator.
Toyota built Tundra and Tacoma at the factory in San Antonio, Texas. There are also several Tacoma productions in Mexico. Moving both trucks to a shared platform could potentially make production easier for Toyota at the plant in Texas. Unfortunately, we have no details to proceed to what the new basics will consist of. An educated guess from a recent spy shot suggests that perhaps it is a spring coil or air spring on the back – keep in mind, it’s pure speculation at this point.
This also raises the question about Sequoia’s redesign. The SUV was largely based on the Tundra, so a refresher to the platform could mean Sequoia not too far behind. For now, there is no concrete information about it, but we can assume there is something being worked on.
If the suggested timeline in the report is correct, we can expect to see this new F1 truck platform revealed in the year 2020. Electricity in some form is expected to be part of the equation, but we have to wait to learn more. This is of course an interesting step to placing pickups of different sizes on the same platform. We just hope it doesn’t come with compromise for both trucks.