Pickup fans were thrilled when GM finally decided on moving the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Concept into mass production. This was because there will finally be an alternate option to the Toyota Tacoma TRD range.

However, it’s seem rather impossible for Toyota to merely accept this move, especially since the mid-size pickup segment is expected to get even more crowded once the Ford Ranger arrives in 2018.

So, it’s not all that surprising to hear rumors that the upcoming Toyota Tacoma may be employing a diesel powertrain as a response to the ZR2 closing in on the TRD Pro territory. Plus, the 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine offered in the Colorado doesn’t have a match in the Tacoma series.

It’s difficult to argue against the ZR2 because it is reasonable when you look from a financial point. The Tacoma is way above the Colorado, as well as any other rival, and the TRD range stands for about 40 percent of the truck’s sales. Consumers want more hardcore off-road vehicles.

So, if the Tacoma really comes with a diesel option, the question arises: how would it rival the Duramax engine worth 369 lb-ft in torque and over 30mpg of fuel economy?

Staff Reporter

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