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#1 of 7624 2005 TACOMA LINE-UP
Feb 23, 2004 (11:43 am)
Has anyone seen any photos of the 2005 Tacoma's? Toyota is only showing it's X-runner model of next year's model,(not part of the "fast and furious" generation-so I have no interest in a souped up lowrider!). Will they continue the Prerunner models?
Feb 23, 2004 (2:07 pm)
Is this model the one you've seen already?
Actually, nevermind -- that looks like the X Runner you're talking about.
#3 of 7624 prerunner
Feb 25, 2004 (4:19 pm)
I would assume the prerunner will be around for a long time. The success has been HUGE!!! I think it will be on a 4runner type frame. I can't wait to drive one...anyone else?
#4 of 7624 Engines
Feb 27, 2004 (12:28 am)
I'm particularly curious about engines, and whether we'll get a manual transmission in the double cab V6.
-It looks like the V6 is the same 4.0L from the 4Runner, but if the X-Runner is the premium truck, then its probably unlikely that we'll get a 4.7L V8 from the 4Runner too.
-I think the old 3.4L is getting a little tired, we might see the 3.3L that's spreading across the line replace it. The 3.3L is more efficient, and as currently tuned, more powerful, but at higher RPM. The fact the 3.4L is the base Tundra engine though may mean it will also stay for the Tacoma.
-I'm sure Toyota will keep a 4 cyl for the single/xtra cab base models, but with the bigger size I'm not sure the 2.4L can handle it, and the 2.7L is so inefficient.
-Sales of the double cabs are so much better that we may see a limited lineup for the single and xtra cabs, rather than the other way around.
#5 of 7624 My 2 cents
Mar 01, 2004 (7:59 am)
Looks like the 4.0 is a given. I think some sort of V-8 power should be offered. Manual transmissions should be offered for the entire line up, not just some models, including V-8's if offered. Some of us just like to shift. Plus I like the control I feel I have in the winter with a stick. As for the double cab, please offer the 6 foot bed like Nissan does. I still use my truck as a truck and would like the double cab, but need the 6 foot bed. How about a diesel? I know they have them in other markets. Just my 2 cents.
#6 of 7624 There's another (non-X-Runner) spy photo
Mar 08, 2004 (6:53 am)
If you go to the Detroit News site (detnews.com) and drill down in their 'Auto Insider' section, you'll find a photo of a black non-X-Runner '05 prototype. Most folks assume it's either a PreRunner or a 4X4.
#7 of 7624 2005 Tacoma Lineup
Mar 08, 2004 (7:03 am)
Toyota's giving out zero usable info on the '05 lineup (other than the premium X-Runner). Some of the issues still outstanding include:
- Base model configuration (will Toyota follow Nissan and ditch the regular cab?)
- Projected vehicle weight (a big clue to engines, etc.)
- Engine range. Sure, the X-Runner gets the 4.0, but the current S-Runner has a larger - than - baseline (3.4 vs. 3.0) V6. A V8 option has been wishlisted for eons, but there's a lot of chatter (elsewhere) claiming Toyota rep's say 'no'. If they try for a 4-cylinder option, it's gonna have to be big (e.g., the current 2.7).
- Transmissions. The X-Runner gets a 6-speed. But what about the other models? Remember, Toyota's been eliminating manuals for the last decade... After all these years, they _still_ haven't caved in and offered manuals on either the PreRunners or the Double Cabs.
#8 of 7624 spleck
Mar 08, 2004 (3:27 pm)
Don't count on seeing the 3.3L V6 in any Toyota "real" truck applications, as it was designed for use with the many iterations of FWD/AWD Camry platform, not for the tougher, more demanding use of Toyota's RWD/4WD trucks.
#9 of 7624 I hope that the 4.0 V6 is also offered in the 2005
Mar 09, 2004 (3:26 pm)
Prerunner models much like the 3.4 V6 was offered in the Xtra and doublecab models! I think it would be more than adequate for this truck, but a V8 would be awesome too!
#10 of 7624 alpha01
Mar 10, 2004 (8:56 am)
I'd still say its a toss up. I would never consider a 2.4 or 2.7L a REAL truck engine either. The big issue is whether they go RWD with the 3.3L engine. The Highlander and Sienna are both using it, and I think its a suitable upgrade for on-road/light duty use (esp. non Pre-Runner/4WD).
My main contention is that the 3.4L is old. It's seeing minimal use in the Tundra, whose line is now dominated by the 4.7L V8. It's apparent that the 4.0L is coming to the Tacoma, and will probably dominate the line.
The general trend now is to consolidate engines and platforms, so I don't see Toyota keeping a 2.4L, 2.7L, 3.4L, 4.0L, and a 4.7L in their truck lineups.
Does anyone know if the Tacoma 2.4L is related to the Camry/RAV4/Highlander 2.4L?? If it is, then its most likely staying for the economy Tacoma. If Toyota puts a RWD tranny on the 3.3L, then I think it may replace both the 2.7L and the 3.4L. Toyota would rather you bought the 4.0L for REAL truck use.
I'd also say there's only a 1% chance of seeing the 4.7L V8 in the Tacoma until there's a bigger engine available for the Tundra.