That rear access cab area looks like Tundra sheetmetal.fineride said:A picture at the hyperlink from the Detroit News, I presume is a 2005 Tacoma Extracab 4X4.
2005 Toyota Tacoma
Toyota's Tacoma to grow in size
Toyota Motor Corp. is redesigning its Tacoma pickup this fall and bumping it up a notch -- from compact to midsize. The company will offer the 2005 model in a variety of body and bed configurations, as well as two- and four-wheel drive.
The new Tacoma will be longer, wider and taller than its predecessor, with more passenger space and greater cargo and towing capacity. Among the options will be electronic stability control and side-curtain air bags.
One of the key elements of the redesigned truck is a new twin-cam 4.0-liter V-6 engine that delivers 240 horsepower and 275 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Toyota dealers also plan to offer a factory-installed supercharger for more performance.
-- Paul Lienertd
The better question would be are they still going to have a Tundra Access Cab when the Midsize Tacoma debuts? Is it just me or does anyone else see this truck as a 7/8 version of the Tundra? The price for the new Taco will surely be more than it is now which would put it smack dab in Tundra territory. Also, I don't see any V8 version of the Tacoma for the near future as this would only reinforce my earlier point. As much as I like the looks bigger dimentions of the new Tacoma I just don't get it. The Tundra is considered by some as a Midsize or at least not true fullsize. Isn't this what the new Tacoma will be marketed as? My prediction is that this new Tacoma moves into the slot that the current Access Cab Tundra now fills. The Double Cab Tundra will be their sole offering for a half ton Truck and last will be the upcomming 3/4 Ton Tundra. When you examine Toyotas products and pricing strategy you'll see how this is true in their car, suv line. Not much overlapping at all. One other senareo is that all products stay the same but the prices are massaged so that there is no overlapping. Toyota does this every so often so it won't be a first. In fact when the Tundra was released they had to reduce the price of the Tacoma by $2000. to insure differentiation between the two. It would be nice for them to keep all the versions of the Tacoma and Tundra, give us a broad choice like Ford&GM but I feel it's very unlikely.EcHo said:Are they still going to have a compact truck since it is getting bumped up from compact to midsize?
To each his own I guess. I think the current Taco front end is the missing link on the whole truck....the main reason why I did not buy one. I was waiting for the redesign in 03! (two years later Im still waiting)PS1 said:Great. Another all plastic cheap-ass, aftermarket looking front end to match the Tundra...If I wanted this kind of kid stuff, I'd get a Nissan.
Sorry, but the current Tacoma, and all the new model domestics are the best looking trucks on the road. The new front end of the Tundra is a failure.
Biggest thing with me would be the same back seat space as the Tundra DC but a shorter bed. I have a trailer so I have hauling covered and just need a small bed for the routine Home Depot trips.....tiger said:When we test drive the 05 taco, that will be a big factor w/ me. plus the size factor IF I can come out ahead. If not then the tundra is fine w/ me . I would like the DC room in the back, just not the tundra DC size, so we shall see!!