The Toyota Tacoma, still the best-selling compact pickup truck in the U. sphere by a wide margin, provides a restyled look exterior and a refactored, updated dashboard in all models for 2012. New changes add convenience, usability and audio/infotainment performance.
Toyota sold more than 106000, Toyota Tacoma models for 2010, outselling its nearest rival by nearly two-to-one. For 2012, Toyota Tacoma shows a fresh face with a refactored hood, grille, headlamps and front bumper, among other changes. Inside, buyers will find a new center-instrument panel layout with a updated gauge cluster, along with a new helm. A refactored center stack adds new air conditioner/heater controls and performance point locations.
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma dashboard also gets a new exterior with a black high-contrast center control panel, switch plate covers, dashboard and upper door trim, while the SR5 grade features a new bench material layout. With owners using their trucks for hard work and hard play, Toyota Tacoma provides new heavy-duty all-weather flooring in the 2012 Toyota Tacoma Access and Double Cabin models, while the more specialized TRD Sport and Off-road models provide new water-resistant material protection seatings. The TRD Sport Suite adds side mirrors with turn-signal lamps for 2012, as well as available chrome-clad 18-inch wheels.
Details that add up to more convenience and function include a larger, higher-resolution screen for the available back-up camera (3. 3-inch vs. 4-inch), a new temperature gauge, available rear-view mirror with compass and Homelink, vanity lamps added to sun visors, an add-on overhead cargo compartment and, on Access Cabin models, a new rear-console cargo box. All models now option two front-deck D rings for added versatility.
Jeep introduces the all-new 3. 6-liter Pentastar V-6 petrol motor that will be equipped on the 2012 Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. 6-liter V-6 powertrain offers more fuel economy, enhanced on-road driving dynamics and refinement, more performance and more torque. Petrol powertrain now adds updated automatic transmission for refined shifting and greater performance. Dramatically enhanced on-road performance features with even more off-road prowess. New petrol motor joins 2. 8-liter turbo diesel motor for European lineup.
In Europe, the all-new 3. 6-liter petrol powertrain will be presented on Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport, Sahara and Rubicon versions starting November 2011.
Compact and lightweight, the all-aluminum 3. 6-liter Pentastar V-6 motor is more than 40 kg (90 lbs) lighter than the previous 3. 8-liter V-6 motor that was constructed with a cast-iron block. The Pentastar motor is extremely quiet, constructed with a high-pressure, die-cast aluminum block fitted with cast-iron bore liners and aluminum cylinder heads. The motor also has been developed to meet all known future worldwide emission standards and is currently Euro 5 certified.
The A580 automatic transmission benefits Jeep Wrangler as much as the new petrol motor, with more refined shifting and gear selection. By increasing the number of speeds, the transmission enables the motor to operate in a more efficient RPM range, which helps increase fuel efficiency. More speeds also allow the motor to remain in the torque curve, increasing acceleration. The new Jeep Wrangler (two-door) boasts a 37-percent improvement in 0 - 100 km/h time, which is now 8. 1 seconds. Also, a lower first-gear ratio in the new automatic transmission gives the Jeep Wrangler more off-road capability via a lower overall crawl ratio.