A few cool things going on with this 80s-chic 2016 Tacoma that Toyota created in partnership with Universal Pictures and the Back to the Future crew. The 2016 update references Marty McFly’s date-night ride from Back to the Future II — with shockingly accurate results. The new Tacoma in custom 1985 flat black plus a variety of off-road goodies? A strong look, even what feels like 100 years on from the original Hilux.
Celebrating BTTF day is fun and all, but there is a future-previewing Easter egg in the new Tacoma concept. And it lives in quite an auspicious place: right on the B-pillar badge area where the original model boasted its EFI tech. Electronic Fuel Injection for that Toyota truck has become a part-adkinson-cycle for the 2016 V6 engine, which improves fuel economy along with the power bump for the new model.
Toyota Back to the Future trucks
But what badge lives on the pillar of the 2016 BTTF Tacoma? It is a 4×4 D-4S badge, familiar to global shoppers as the Toyota truck diesel nomenclature. Despite all the Volkswagen diesel woes, oil-burners are — and remain — exceptionally popular with pickup truck shoppers. The new Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon just launched a diesel engine option for 2016, while the full-size Nissan Titan XD for 2016 makes its Cummins diesel the main selling point. Uptake on the RAM EcoDiesel is voracious — the VM Motori factories in Italy can barely churn them out fast enough to satisfy diesel-loving Rammers. Even the also-ran Nissan Frontier is testing the diesel waters for a much-needed redesign of the 2017 model.
Critically for avoiding bad diesel karma in the current maelstrom surrounding VW, truck diesel shoppers usually do not wear their eco smugness on their sleeves, like Jetta TDI crapwagen owners. Truck buyers are what you can call more ‘practical’ in their diesel thirst, with actual tailpipe emission levels not as important for their fragile sense of self.
All this points to Toyota definitely considering, if not already finalizing, the D-4S engine for the new Tacoma. Perhaps as soon as the 2017 model-year, this stout four-cylinder turbodiesel will join the Tacoma range. The goal, of course, is extra towing power plus a highway MPG stat that can top the 22-mpg-highway ceiling of any Tacoma so far.
So, a bit of a cheeky secret from Toyota. Back to the Future, indeed.
Third cool BTTF tidbit from Toyota today? A Mirai promo video featuring the original BTTF cast!
2016 Toyota TACOMA McFly BTTF
Toyota Reimagines Marty McFly’s Dream Truck with 2016 Tacoma
TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2015) – Toyota is celebrating October 21, 2015 – the futuristic date first introduced in Back to the Future Part II – with a re-creation of Marty McFly’s dream truck. Using the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma that went on sale in September, fans in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas can see the truck in major tourist destinations for today only.
To make the 2016 Tacoma look like a modern-day version of the classic from the movie, a number of modifications were made:
- Custom 1985 Toyota Truck Exterior Paint
- Off-road Suspension
- Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Wheels
- BFGoodrich Tires
- Custom front and rear Tubular Bumpers
- Custom Light Bar
- KC HiLites Gravity LED G46
- KC HiLites Daylighter Gravity LED
- Custom “D-4S” Fuel Injection Badging
- Custom Tailgate with Iconic “TOYOTA” Logo
- Custom Vintage Headlight and Taillight Design
- Mud Flaps 1985 Toyota Truck
Experience the future all over again with the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-ray & DVD! Join Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time traveling DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space-time continuum! From filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, this timeless collection includes a new bonus disc with over two hours of extra features such as “Doc Brown Saves the World!”, an all-new original short starring Christopher Lloyd. Hashtag: #BTTF2015 Facebook: https: www.facebook.com/BTTF Website: www.BackToTheFuture.comAbout Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly employ more than 40,000 people. Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.About Universal Partnerships & Licensing
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