Toyota has given the 2012 Tacoma a refreshed exterior look, and a redesigned, upgraded interior. These changes add comfort and usability to the truck and also boost the audio/infotainment performance.
The new Tacoma will still be available in 2- or 4-wheel drive and with a Regular, Access, or Double Cab. On the outside, it gets a new hood, grille, headlamps, upper and lower front bumper, fog lamps, headlamps and antenna. The rest of the exterior remains mostly unchanged, but will be offered in two new colors: Spruce Mica and Nautical Blue Metallic.
The interior is where we see the biggest change. Inside you will find a new center instrument panel design with an updated gauge cluster and steering wheel. A refreshed center stack also adds new A/C and heater controls and moves the power point locations. Other trim changes finish out the new interior.
The biggest news for Toyota is the application of the new Entune multi-media system. This collection of popular mobile applications and data services connects directly to your smartphone through Bluetooth or by USB cable. Then your vehicle controls or voice commands will control the applications.
The engines remain unchanged (at least for now) on these new models with a 2.7-liter four cylinder and a 4.0-liter V6. The base MSRP for the 2012 Tacoma will range from $16,875 to $27,835 depending on cab size, drivetrain, powertrain, and other options. The new Tacoma will begin arriving in dealerships in September 2011.
Check out the full press release here, or see the spec sheet here.