New Toyota Tacoma leaked image

The facelifted Toyota Tacoma, with an American exterior design which isn’t such a good thing in this case, leaked ahead of its debut later this year.

With a front fascia that looks like a dog’s mouth, the “new” Tacoma is expected to be powered by a 2.7 liter four-cylinder engine, delivering 159 horsepower and 244 Nm of torque, and by a 4.0 liter V6 unit, with 236 HP and 360 Nm, connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, which should improve its fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Sales of the Tacoma in the over-seas auto market are still good so there was no reason for the Japanese car manufacturer to launch a facelifted version, especially with the new generation coming in about three years.

With the revised Tacoma, Toyota may be looking to attract new young buyers from the Colorado and Dakota, but the differences to the current version won’t be easy to spot.

The facelifted Toyota Tacoma is scheduled to go on sale in October this year, but its entry-level price, engine range and performance haven’t been officially announced yet.