Toyota will align four of its most popular models in the coming years by utilising its new chassis architecture.
The move to the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) unites the Tacoma and 4Runner – models only sold in the Americas – with Hiluxes and Fortuners sold in the rest of the world.
With a new model unveiled this week, the Tundra is the carmaker’s full-size pick-up, competing against the likes of the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Chevrolet Silverado – while the smaller Tacoma evolved from an earlier version of the Hilux.
Tacoma was introduced to the US market in 1995 to replace the Hilux, which was sold in the US as the Toyota Pickup until 1997. Currently, the Hilux is underpinned by the IMV platform.
With the announcement of this development, the latest versions of the Hilux, Tacoma, 4Runner and Fortuner will share the same ladder frame, suspension setup, and some engine options. This will in turn save a ton of cost for Toyota.
Toyota hasn’t revealed a release date for these new vehicles but we expect it to be sooner rather than later as both the Tacoma snd 4Runner are long due for a complete model overhaul and as the world is moving towards electrification, Toyota need not waste time.