2024 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner Concept Is One Mean Sport Truck. Toyota is bringing back the Tacoma X-Runner—at least in concept form. The concept truck has a wider track and a lowered suspension. The engine is a modified version of the larger Tundra’s twin-turbocharged 3.4-litre V-6, producing 421 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.
Toyota likes to highlight the off-road capabilities of its Tacoma mid-size pickup truck, but this extremely street-oriented concept truck piqued our interest at the 2023 SEMA event in Las Vegas. Toyota revived the X-Runner name and applied it to a 2024 Tacoma sport-truck design with lowered suspension and more power, among other changes.
2024 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner
The Tacoma X-Runner idea uses a twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V-6 engine from the bigger Tundra. In this use, the engine delivers 421 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, a significant boost over the 2024 Tacoma’s most powerful setup, a 326-hp four-cylinder hybrid. A Tundra solid axle with a 4.30:1 final drive ratio and an electronic locking differential split torque to the rear wheels. The exhaust pipe is now routed to just below the rocker panel on the truck’s side.
Under the beefed-up bodywork is the Tundra’s air suspension, which Toyota claims allows the Tacoma to ride lower while still carrying a load. Because of the decreased stance of the Tacoma, the crew behind the truck additionally customised the length of the control arms. Toyota also reinforced the frame and increased the track width by about three inches. The springs are stronger, and there are 2.5-inch Bilstein shocks at each corner. Lacks Enterprises 21-inch carbon-fibre wheels with forged aluminium centres are mounted on Michelin 285/45R21 Sport Tyres.
The exhibition truck is painted in the same Speedway Blue as the first Tacoma X-Runner, which first appeared at the 2004 Chicago Auto Show. We’re not sure if this points to a production version of this truck with a similar performance package, but we’d love to see something like this on the road shortly.