Toyota Tacoma Cummins Diesel Coming 2017?
Industry insiders have revealed that we should expect to see a Cummins diesel engine in the 2016 Toyota Tundra. According to WardsAuto, Toyota is considering the 5.0L Cummins diesel engine in the next generation Tundra, which is the same power plant that will be used in the next generation Nissan Titan. Nissan is also playing with a 2.8L Cummins diesel in their Frontier, which begs the question – will we see the 2.8L Cummins in the Toyota Tacoma?
If the diesel Frontier is more than a concept then we should expect to see it available shortly after the 2015 Titan. Following these timelines it’d make sense that Toyota would release a diesel Tacoma in 2017. It’s pretty obvious that Toyota is watching the mid-sized diesel market from a distance. Similarly to Dodge & Cummins, Toyota scrapped their mid-sized diesel engine project in 2007/2008 when the global economy entered into the recession.
But now that there’s a uptick in production, we’re seeing a competitive field of mid-sized diesel pickups and trucks enter the fray. Chrysler/Fiat was first to market with the 3.0L VM Motori EcoDiesel featured in the RAM, Grand Cherokee, and 2016 Wrangler. Shortly thereafter we saw Nissan announce the the 5.0L Titan and 2.8L Frontier followed by Chevrolet’s 2016 Colorado 2.8L Duramax diesel.
Now the surging mid-sized diesel market has left Toyota, and Ford, in the dust. Ford has the international diesel Ranger as an option, which leaves Toyota behind the 8-ball. A source close to WardsAuto claims that Toyota is looking at Cummins as a placeholder to gauge sales. If successful, Toyota will revive their Hino diesel project, which some have speculated will include hybrid tech.
A Toyota Tacoma Cummins diesel could be a short lived affair if proved popular, this will make it a hot commodity and wildly popular with enthusiasts, collectors, and workers of all types. Considering the two brands are some the most reputable in the industry it wouldn’t be surprising if the demand surpassed supply. What do you think? Would a diesel Tacoma dominate the competition? Or has Toyota dropped the ball? Comment below!