Pickup fans were clearly ecstatic when GM decided to push the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept into the world of mass production. This meant that there would be an alternative to the Toyota Tacoma TRD, at last.

However, Toyota isn’t going to play dead while GM decides on beating it, especially since the mid-size pickup segment will be welcoming the Ford Ranger come 2018.

Thus, the rumor mill is saying that the next Toyota Tacoma may be arriving with a diesel powertrain to rival the ZR2 edging nearer to the TRD Pro’s territory. Plus, the 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine in the Chevy Colorado doesn’t have a proper rival in the Tacoma’s lineup.

The ZR2 actually makes sense when you look at it from a financial point of view. The Tacoma is way ahead of the Colorado and the TRD series stands for about 40 percent of the truck’s sales. Consumers crave for more hardcore off-road vehicles.

If the Tacoma really does pick up a diesel option, then the question arises; how would it be rivaling the Duramax engine churning out 369 lb-ft torque and over 30mpg of fuel economy?

Staff Reporter

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