Tacoma Stepside

The new StepSide will be available on regular and extended cab 4x2 Tacoma models, powered by either four-cylinder or V6 engines. It will be offered as part of a package that will include air conditioning, power steering, upgraded sound system and color-keyed bumpers and grille.

The StepSide features a durable steel cargo box. Like all Tacoma beds, it will be built at Toyota's TABC production facility in Long Beach, Calif. StepSide's sporty image will be enhanced by the use of aggressively styled front

fenders, bumper and grille from the Tacoma 4X4.

The StepSide's functional bed-length, overall exterior width and cargo box depth is the same as that of the conventional beds on the regular cab and extended cab models. Unlike other stepside models, the cargo floor width between the wheel-well housings also remains the same. StepSide's interior width, wall-to-wall was reduced by 8.7 inches. The curb weight and payload of the StepSide will remain unchanged.

The StepSide will be launched nationwide starting in late-January of next year, with an annual production of about 8,000 units. Pricing for the StepSide is not yet finalized.