2017 Tundra rumors – Toyota will introduce a diesel Tundra in 2017


At the Chicago Auto Show Toyota unveiled their new line of off-road TRD Pro trim levels for the Tundra and Tacoma pickups and 4Runner SUVs. However the main news from Chicago concerning the Japanese manufacturer came from a short dialogue between the journalist of the Automotive News Richard Truett and Vice-President of Toyota USA Bob Carter. In the interview the journalist said that according to information received from two sources, Toyota is considering the possible appearance of a Cummins ISV diesel engine in the Tundra engine lineup in the 2017 model year. Carter refused to confirm or deny this information, but noted that Truett has good informants.

2017 Toyota Tundra specs

At the end of last year, the American tuning studio Devolro Performance Cars Studio announced three diesel versions of the tuning truck. Tuners offer to “implant” in the Tundra one of the Cummins engines with a volume of 3.9 or 5.9 liters, or a 6.6-liter Duramax V8.

The production version of the new generation Tundra will probably have the same 5.7L V8 and 5.9 Cummins diesel. It is also possible that the 2017 Tundra will use the same power unit as the recently debuted 2016 Nissan Titan XD.

However the likelihood of Toyota using Cummins diesel engines is quite low, mainly because the company is a shareholder of another manufacturer of diesel engines – Hino. And if you have the opportunity to use their units, then why resort to the services of third-party companies and spend the extra cash (which would also impact on the price of the Toyota Tundra Diesel)? Consequently, Toyota will most probably not install Cummins engines.

Therefore, it is widely believed that the Toyota Tundra Diesel 2017 will have the proven 4.5L Aussie engine model recently installed in the Toyota Land Cruiser for certain markets. An additional argument for line of reasoning is the fact that Toyota has repeatedly stressed its intention to maximize the efficient use of its own investments for the development of diesel engines. In addition, it will already have an idea of what the fuel consumption of the diesel Toyota Tundra will be.

New 2018 Toyota Tundra spied

The availability of a hybrid engine is also questionable. For instance, there is no commercially successful production version of the hybrid pickup. Despite Toyota’s huge expertise in designing and building hybrid cars, this is still doubtful. The Tundra will need a very powerful powerplant, and there is almost no space to install Li-ion batteries. The only possible variant is to use electric motor built-in transmission like in some Nissan SUVs.

2017 Toyota Tundra release date

It is worth noting that it will not be possible to buy a diesel version of the updated Tundra until 2017.

Release date: 2017

2017 Toyota Tundra price

The price of the new product should be slightly reduced for marketing reasons. The expected starting price is about $27,500.

2017 Tundra redesign

It would seem nothing special that Mr. Carter did not reveal any news, however, this is the second time that Toyota representatives have talked about the possible bundle “Tundra and Cummins”. The first was in the fall of 2013, when the publication edmunds.com reported that Toyota plans to expand the Toyota Tundra engine range with a new option — Cummins diesel and hybrid power unit.

Generally speaking, the talk about a “dieselized” Tundra goes back to 2006 with the filing of the Toyota. If these plans are fulfilled, it is the Tundra, not the Ram 1500, that back in 2009 should have heralded the revival of the diesel era in the sector of American full-size pickups. Alas, the 2008 crisis forced Toyota to postpone the debut of the diesel version. Let’s hope that Truett’s sources are not mistaken and in 3 years we still see a diesel Tundra. Most likely, a diesel version will be offered for the new generation of Japanese pickups.

2017 Toyota Tundra video review

2017 Toyota Tundra interior

It is expected that the interior of the 2017 Toyota Tundra won’t undergo major changes. It is more likely to introduction a new multimedia system similar to other Toyota pickup trucks and SUVs, like Tacoma, and a few new security and safety features. The overall design of the interior might be slightly changed in accordance with the new concept of Toyota design, debuted in the current generation of Camry.

As before, the 2017 model year Tundra will be available in two cab versions – Crew Cab with full-size interior and long rear doors, and Double Cab, which has more cargo space and shorter doors, leading to less room for rear passengers. Information regarding trimming levels will be available later, after the debut of the production version of the car. It is expected that the new Tundra will have two basic trims, one with a diesel engine and a couple of TRD versions.

Article about the 2017 Toyota Tundra has been prepared on the basis of rumors and speculations from the Internet. The exact release date and the start of sales is unclear, but there is an actual information.

2017 Tundra pictures

2017 Toyota Tundra
Engine type DOHC 32V V8, direct fuel injection
Displacement 4,6L
Power/torque 381 hp; 277 lb-ft
Transmission 6 speed automatic
Wheelbase 145,7 inch
Length 228,9 inch
Height 76 in
Passenger volume N/A
Cargo volume N/A
0-60 6,7 sec
Top speed 108 mph
PRICE RANGE: $30,000-$40,000 (est)
Competitors: Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Nissan Titan


Editor's rating
4.5 overall
  • Safety4.7
  • Performance4.5
  • Design4.5
  • Features4.4
  • Fuel economy4.3

The biggest truck in Toyota lineup needs a major update to compete with the new Nissan Titan XD and Ford F-150. We hope new Tundra will feature diesel version.

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