The next major update of the Tundra won’t be until at least 2018, according to a source at the Japanese company.
That source also went on to say that the next generation Tundra will be designed for fuel-efficiency, but will have several load capacities; 1,000, 1,600 and 2,200 lbs, making it a direct competitor to the Ford F series, Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra and the Dodge Ram.
Gender Holdrege, Vice President of Sales for Toyota America said that they need to understand the average fuel economy figures before talking about other powertrain options.
2018 Toyota Tundra release date
The expected release date for the new Toyota Tundra isn’t until at least the end of 2017, perhaps even as far away as mid-2018.
Release date: late 2017-mid 2018
2018 Toyota Tundra price
The current price of the 2016 Tundra starts at $31,000, it is thought that prices will remain similar, although perhaps a small increase could be on the cards if Toyota introduce a completely new model.
2018 Toyota Tundra redesign
According to the latest rumors, the 2018 Tundra will be a complete redesign, not just a bit of styling. The new Tundra will be built upon a new platform, using lighter materials (aluminum and high-strength steel for example).
It’s said that the interior will also be redesigned, getting new seats, dash, steering wheel and a steering column stick shift.
Look at the 2018 Dodge Ram new design
2018 Toyota Tundra specs
The most significant changes will take place under the hood; a new Cummins turbocharged diesel engine – V8, 5.0 liter and 300 BHP with a massive 500 lb/ft of torque.
It’s thought that this is essential to compete with the diesel offering from Nissan – the Titan XD.
It will be coupled to an 8-speed auto transmission.
It is thought that the diesel version will replace the 5.7 liter gas engine, which is just too uneconomical in this day and age. Having said that, Toyota intend to keep the 4.6 liter V8.
It is possible that there will be another new engine, which is not yet known. Given the recent trends in the automotive industry, it may well be equipped with a turbocharger, although Toyota don’t currently have such an engine.
It’s doubtful that there will be a hybrid version, although we can’t rule it out.
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2018 Toyota Tundra video
2018 Toyota Tundra trim levels
No official statement has been released about the Tundra equipment or trim specs, but we’d expect to see at least two different bodies; a double and crew-cab version. The entry level model will have the 4.6 liter gasoline engine, but the higher specification should be available with the diesel, perhaps even a new gasoline engine.