2016 Toyota Tacoma Covers Up in Michigan Ahead of Detroit Reveal

Hear Tacoma rip through mud in new teaser video

Hear Tacoma rip through mud in new teaser video

It appears as though the next-gen 2016 Toyota Tacoma is undergoing some last minute testing before its big debut in Detroit next month, as our colleagues over at AUTOMOBILE spied a pair of covered-up pick-ups going out for a drive near Ann Arbor, Mich. Meanwhile, Toyota teased the truck once again with a quick teaser video that shows the muddy aftermath left by the truck.

While Toyota has been tight-lipped about the new pickup, there’s been lots of speculation about what we can expect.. We’ve said before that the Tacoma’s design will be heavily influenced by the Tundra, as a muddy teaser image released last week showed the Tacoma’s rear with badging similar to that of the Tundra. Since the prototypes in the photos below wear most of the camouflage up front, we can probably expect lots of Tundra-like styling there as well. From the photos, we at least know both the Access Cab and Double Cab models will still continue to be offered, though rumors suggest the regular cab model will be dropped from the lineup.

It’s also possible that the four- and five-speed automatic gearboxes will be replaced with the six-speed automatic from the Tundra, which could come paired with more fuel efficient engines than the current truck’s 2.7-liter I-4 and 4.0-liter V-6. We’ve also speculated that the Tacoma will use a tweaked version of the current truck’s frame, which became very likely after Toyota boasted that 2016 Tacoma’s off-road prowess would be more “formidable.” Other changes we can expect include an updated interior, but we won’t know for sure until the 2016 Tacoma makes its grand premiere at the 2015 Detroit show next month.

In the meantime, check out the new teaser video below to hear the Tacoma rip through a dirt trail.

Source: AUTOMOBILE, Toyota