A new version of the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck will make its debut at the 2015 Detroit auto show in January. A Toyota spokesman confirmed the introduction this afternoon, after Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. senior vice president Bob Carter broke the news to Bloomberg. In addition, Toyota confirmed that luxury division Lexus will show two “performance models” in Detroit.
The current Toyota Tacoma (pictured) hasn’t been significantly updated since it launched in 2005. Though the truck has a loyal following — it still sells more around 13,000 units per month in the U.S. — it faces fresh competition from the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and the 2015 GMC Canyon. Toyota made clear the Tacoma will be a totally new generation of the truck, rather than a refresh.
Few details have emerged about the next-generation Toyota Tacoma. Earlier this year, our spy photographers saw a mule for the pickup truck testing in the desert. Rumors suggest that the regular-cab Tacoma will vanish for the next model year, and that a six-speed automatic transmission will replace today’s four- and five-speed gearboxes. The 2.7-liter inline-four and 4.0-liter V-6 engines will also likely be replaced with more fuel-efficient options.
The 2015 Detroit auto show will also host the introductions of two “performance models” for Lexus. One possibility is a production version of the LF-C2 concept seen at the Los Angeles auto show (pictured below), which will likely become an RC convertible when it reaches showrooms. It’s unclear what other new performance car Lexus plans to introduce. We’ve previously spied prototypes for a GS F sedan, which could use the same 5.0-liter V-8 engine as the 2015 Lexus RC F coupe.