2001 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

Toyota expands its pickup truck lineup with the introduction of the all new, four door 2001 Tacoma Double Cab.

Expected to arrive at dealers this October, the Tacoma Double Cab will offer buyers the same combination of cargo hauling capability and passenger room found in the Nissan Frontier and Dakota Quad Cab.

The Tacoma Double Cab sports a unique and distinctive grille among Toyota's compact trucks.

The Double Cab's heritage is rooted in the internationally popular Toyota Hi-Lux four door work pickup on sale today in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Toyota chose specifically to reengineer and develop an entirely new truck specifically for the US marketplace where consumers are much more likely to use their compact four door pickup trucks for lifestyle and recreation use as they are for work related purposes. The Double Cab is expected to appeal to a wide range of buyers serving as an 'active' alternative to the SUV and minivan.

The Tacoma Double Cab offers a longer bed than its competitor the Nissan Frontier. Note the lengthy rear overhang which is the same length as found on the extended and regular cab Tacoma pickups. Only the portion in front of the rear wheel well has been shortened to accommodate the larger cabin.

The Tacoma Double cab will be positioned as the image leader among Toyota's trucks. It will be offered in SR5 and Limited trim levels with an available off-road package, in either the two-wheel drive PreRunner series with four- or six-cylinder engines, or as a 4x4 powered exclusively by the 190 horsepower DOHC 3.4 liter V6. The 2.7 liter, four cylinder DOHC engine produces 150 horsepower. The only transmission offered will be a 4 speed automatic.

The 61.4-inch cargo bed found on the Toyota Tacoma is 6 1/2-inches longer than the 2000 Nissan Frontier's. Overall wheelbase on the Tacoma Double Cab is 121.9-inches and overall length is 203.0-inches. Its eleven inches of ground clearance are best in class for compact trucks.

Inside the truck is a large rear, 60/40 fold-down bench seat. The truck can accommodate up to five adults.

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