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, 2018 Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra and the Dodge Ram. The overall 2018 Toyota Tundra concept – reliable truck for everyday use has not changed.
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.
There are plenty of rumors fluctuating about the appearance of 2018 Tundra diesel. According to latest news, the truck might get Cummins turbo diesel of the same model, used by Nissan in its pickup trucks (more precisely, in a Titan XD). Tundra equipped with such engine could carry heavy load, thanks to 300 horsepower and even more torque, especially at low engine speeds.
The price for such truck expected to be higher, because the diesel engine is bigger, more complex, has more details.
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New Design Rumors
When is the Tundra getting redesigned? According to the latest rumors, the Toyota Tundra 2018 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.
When will Tundra be redesigned? The main rumors are regarding the actual release date of the truck. The most stable ones is that Tundra 2018 will be presented at the Febuary, 2017 at Chicago Auto Show. Toyota has revealed the current generation Tundra at the Chicago Auto Show as well. Despite rumors, there are no 2018 Toyota Tundra news from official sources yet.
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2018 Toyota Tundra Release date and Price
The expected release date for the new Toyota Tundra 2018 isn’t until at least the end of 2017, perhaps even as far away as mid-2018.
Release date: late 2017-mid 2018
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.
What Is Under the Hood
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 Tundra Configurations
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.
Crewmax is one more Tundra modification, expected for 2018 model year. It was very popular in previous years due to the presence of extended crew cab accomodating 6 people with high level of comfort. However, the 2018 Toyota Tundra changes the name of such modification.
Toyota Racing Development has nothing in common with racing in this case, just like with 4Runner and Tacoma. TRD versions of Toyota SUVs and pickup trucks designed specially for severe off-road conditions. Tundra TRD Pro has different front fascia (more aggressive), non-painted plastic bumpers, lifted suspension and special wheels. It is likely that 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro would also receive such modification, but a little bit later than primary release of the truck.