The 2024 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner Concept is a mid-size sport truck
- Toyota is bringing back the Tacoma X-Runner, well, in concept form at least.
- The model truck sits on a widened track and features a lowered suspension.
- The truck is powered by a modified version of the Tundra’s larger 3.4-liter turbocharged V-6 engine, which produces 421 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.
Toyota likes to focus on the off-road chops of its mid-size Tacoma pickup truck, but this street-oriented concept truck certainly caught our attention at the 2023 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Toyota brought back the X-Runner name from the past and applied it to the 2024 Tacoma sport truck with a lowered suspension and additional power, among other modifications.
The Tacoma X-Runner concept features a version of the Tundra’s larger twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V-6. The engine produces 421 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in this application — a significant increase over the 2024 Tacoma’s most powerful setup, a 326-hp four-cylinder hybrid. Tundra solid axle with 4.30:1 final drive and electronic differential that splits torque to the rear wheels. The exhaust pipe now goes directly under the rocker panel on the side of the truck.
Under the pumped-up bodywork, you’ll find the Tundra’s air suspension, which Toyota says helps the Tacoma ride lower while still being able to carry a load. The team behind the truck also customized the length of the control arms due to the Tacoma’s low stance. Toyota also reinforced the tire and widened the car’s track width by about three inches. The springs are stiffer and there are 2.5-inch Bilstein shocks at each corner. The truck rides on a set of 21-inch carbon fiber wheels from Lacks Enterprises with forged aluminum centers on 285/45R21 Michelin sport tires.
The show truck is finished in the same Speedway Blue as the original Tacoma One like this will hit the streets in the near future.
Associate news editor
Jack Fitzgerald’s love of cars stems from his unwavering addiction to Formula 1.
After a short stint as a detailer for a local dealership group in college, he realized he needed a more sustainable way to drive all the new cars he couldn’t afford and decided to pursue a career in automotive writing. By shadowing his professors at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he was able to travel to Wisconsin in search of automotive stories before landing his dream job in Car and driver. His new goal is to delay the inevitable demise of his 2010 Volkswagen Golf.