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2016 Toyota Tacoma Teaser Image Revealed Ahead of Detroit

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/10/2014 Karla Sanchez

Spy photos were the only things we had to go off in determining what the next-gen 2016 Toyota Tacoma would look up until just now. The Japanese automaker has dropped a teaser image of the pickup's muddy rear end ahead of its big reveal at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month.

The teaser image shows the left rear side of the 4x4 pickup, which appears to sport a new tailgate with "Tacoma" in big capital letters imprinted on the sheetmetal. This new styling cue is taken from the Tundra, which also appears to have inspired the deep character line at the bottom of the tailgate. The black trim that separates the tailgate from the bumper also looks to be transferred over from the Tundra. Although part of the taillight is cut off, we wouldn't be surprised to see a completely new design. 2016 Toyota Tacoma Teaser Wide Version© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Toyota Tacoma Teaser Wide Version

The revamped truck will make its debut in Detroit next month. We've spied the pickup wearing minimal camouflage a couple times this year, and from those photos, the new pickup appeared to be a mock-up of the current Tacoma. Camouflage covered a few key items like the center stack, but nothing on the prototype appeared to look significantly different. However, the teaser image shows the new pickup has a completely different rear compared to the prototype we spied. 2016 Toyota Tacoma Prototype Spied Left Front View© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Toyota Tacoma Prototype Spied Left Front View

Rumor has it that the four- and five-speed automatic gearboxes will be dropped in favor of a six-speed like the Tundra, while others suggest the regular cab model will be scrapped from the lineup. Since spy shots showed a prototype the same size as the current Tacoma, we reported that it might keep the same bones, though it could use a tweaked version of the current truck's frame. In a release, Toyota said the 2016 Tacoma's off-road prowess will be "more formidable than ever," so we can likely expect at least a few mechanical tweaks. We'll have to wait until next month when the pickup makes its official debut to find out exactly how Toyota plans to respond to the midsize Chevrolet Colorado, our 2015 Truck of the Year, and its twin the GMC Canyon.

Source: Toyota

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