2024 Toyota Tacoma Trailhunter Spotted After A Serious Off
Toyota is thoroughly testing the new 2024 Tacoma Trailhunter to fulfill the expectations of adventure lovers.
The Toyota Tacoma is among the best-selling pickup trucks and the most popular midsize pickup truck in America. To maintain its lead in the segment, Toyota introduced the fourth-generation Tacoma this May, and it gets a heap of upgrades besides just a redesigned fascia.
The 2024 Toyota Tacoma is finally getting a hybrid setup, larger screens, better functionality, higher towing capacity, and most importantly a new adventure trim-the Trailhunter.
Provided that the Tacoma is among the most reliable workhorses, Toyota is putting it to rigorous tests to expose its hidden shortcomings and how good it is on and off-road. Such a case has recently caught our attention, as Toyota continues to put the new Trailhunter through some brutal conditions before it appears before the public.
Despite its strong popularity among adventure lovers, Toyota didn’t offer any overlander trims of the Tacoma until now. The new Tacoma Trailhunter as Toyota is boasting brings “serious off-the-grid-adventure capabilities” through a plethora of adventure-focused goodies.
Since Toyota has collaborated with Australian aftermarket accessory business ARB and outfitted the Trailhunter with all sorts of adventure goodies, they are putting the Trailhunter through gruesome conditions to test its real-world capabilities. And the efforts are clearer once you see the condition of a Trailhunter test car that caught the attention of a Tacoma4G.com member lately.
The test unit of the 2024 Tacoma Trailhunter is draped in bronze oxide paint and is equipped with a soft tonneau cover. We also see the Trailhunter is equipped with the new aluminum roof rack, which indicates testing with adventure gear as well. The Trailhunter in the picture looks to have received decent abuse as most of the body, sills, wheels, and bumpers are filled with dried mud.
Not only on slippery conditions, Toyota apparently is testing the Trailhunter’s over landing rigs in forests, as we see a broken snorkel on the right. While we aren’t sure what damaged the snorkel, it may also be due to the truck coming in contact with a branch at high speeds.
The 2024 Tacoma will boast several changes and improvements, among which the inclusion of an adventure-biased Trailhunter trim is unique. The new Trailhunter trim gets the best treatments from ARB 4×4 aftermarket accessory company alongside the 2.4-liter i-Force Max hybrid engine.
Starting with the powertrain, the Trailhunter will come standard with Toyota’s i-Force Max hybrid system that includes a 2.4-liter turbo inline-four engine, a 48-hp e-motor, and a 1.87-kWh Ni-MH battery. This hybrid system produces a stout 326 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of twist, offering 6,000 lbs of towing capacity and 1,709 of payload capacity.
The Trailhunter will also feature a set of 2.5-inch OME forged monotube shocks combined with aluminum upper arms. The drivetrain will be equipped with an electronic rear differential, 18-inch wheels, and 33-inch Goodyear Territory tires.
Apart from these, the Trailhunter raises its overlander pedigree with an integrated LED bar, snorkel, ARB front, and rear bumpers, signature LED headlamps, frame rock rails, bed utility bar, and Rigid fog lamps. Inside, the interior will come standard with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 14-inch touchscreen, JBL premium audio system with a portable speaker, and heated-cooled front seats.
Toyota is still coy regarding the price and specific launch dates. Yet, we know the i-Force-powered 2024 Tacoma will be on sale in the second half of 2023 while i-Force Max models, namely the TRD Pro and Trailhunter will arrive in early 2024. Pricing will be released in the second half of 2023.
Speaking of pricing, the 2024 Toyota Tacoma may start at $30,000 and may top at $56,000 for the TRD Pro variant. The Trailhunter may be priced in the ballpark of $50,000. For now, all we can do is wait for the final price.
Source: Tacoma4g.com, Toyota.
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