Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Toyota Tacoma sports lots of new tech features at Chicago Auto Show

Toyota Tacoma sports lots of new tech features at Chicago Auto Show

It's been the most popular truck in the segment since it knocked the Ford Ranger out of the top spot 14 years ago, but there's an all-new Ranger on sale this year that Ford claims to have 300,000 interested "hand raisers" for and it has already announced an increase in production plans.

Toyota has whipped the covers off a new RAV4 TRD Off-Road model at the Chicago Auto Show in the United States, giving its fresh-faced, fifth-generation SUV an updated suspension set-up, new wheels and bespoke tyres "engineered specifically for trail driving".

That said, it is clear that Toyota has put time and effort into this revision.

On the outside, the Tacoma hasn't changed much: a redesigned grill differentiates 2020 models from 2019s. Making their debut as well are new front and rear lights. The focus, clearly, was on making the vehicle look refreshed. For one thing, starting with the SR5 variant, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat will be standard equipment - a first for the model.

The multimedia system has also been improved.

The TRD Pro trim comes standard with a set of 2.5-inch Internal Bypass Fox Shocks that make sure the wheels never leave the ground when rolling over uneven ground or crawling across rocks. Now, all four TRD Pros arrive with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay/Amazon Alexa integration, accessed through an 8.0-inch touchscreen-with the exception of the Sequoia, which offers only a 7.0-inch screen. Better late than never, we say. It's hooked up to an eight-speed automatic, and a torque vectoring all-wheel drive setup capable of shifting up to 50 per cent of the engine's torque to the rear wheels. The off-roader comes with new-generation Toyota Safety Sense that includes pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam, lane tracing assist and road sign assist.

Here no changes have been made, so that the 2020 Tacoma gets the same 2.7L 4-cylinder engine as the default engine; its output is 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque.

The 2020 Toyota Tacoma is expected at dealerships in the coming months.

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