New 2018 Toyota Tundra will get diesel


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.

Diesel Version

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.

Also read about the new  2018 Toyota 4Runner

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.

Look at the 2018 Dodge Ram new design

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.

Read about the main Tundra rival – 2018 Chevy Silverado

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.

Tundra Crewmax

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.
  • Jack Cush

    Part #1 – 2018 hit list for Toyota Tundra…..Here is what I want 4×4 gas double cab and crew with 450 hp and 600 lb tq turbo and or supercharged ,V6 or V8 up to cost ,keep the bore and stroke shorter side for revs. and gain your torque with the compression of the fuel mix. I really believe you can have 450-700 horse power on tap withe reliability with a forged plant. So use forge push rods, pistons in place of less inferior product ,people will pay for quality if this is advertised as such just not as you and I might know this to be what the weakest part of the motor is when you add boost to it. Keep the weight of the vehicle down to under 5000 even near 4000 on 2 wd singl cabs. Make a real All wheel drive selection with locking all 4 wheel in drive setting for mud no automatic locking where brake needs to be applied to get the differential to lock up. 1st. selection 2 wd limited slip rear ,2nd. 2 wd locked rear diff, 3rd. 4wd limited slip 4 wheels . 4th . 4wd locked front and rear diffs. and if it must be for the techno crowd for the 5th selection a AWD mode the runs in basically 4wd linit slip but a smart system that locks and unlocks and switch front to rear and road conditions. this transmission need only be a 8 speed or a 6 with a designated low rang gear selection for all 6 that has a overdrive 5-6 gear for mountain towing. The Cooling of the truck should get attention for trans as well as engine supercharger/turbos,this cooling system has to be revolutionary and simple to explain for example use peltiers with exchangers with a substance that is a lubricant as well as a heat conductor and you shouldn’t have to use six radiators to cool this keep it down to two wet systems and two dry systems. OK this covers what I want for the gas engine and gas and diesel “haven’t went into that yet” transmissions and weight spec. Part 2 if i get some replies.

    • Alex Cockey

      Amen Brother! I’ve been thinking the same thing for years.

    • Thomas

      Yup but I’m hoping for 550hp

  • Kentucky red

    In today’s market 300 hp don’t sound very competitive to me. Maybe they should offer a stronger gas motor with cylinder deactivation technology.

    • John Judge

      That’s because you are an American. American’s focus on horse power, it sounds cool and we used horses to settle the West! But torque is what counts. Torque is what accelerates you, horsepower gets you to the top end. How often you need your top end? Yeah. Anything over a 100 in a pickup is probably insane. But being able to pull a trailer from a dead stop up a mountain? Again, that is torque. 500 is a lot, sure there are trucks with more. But how much do 99% of people need? I have a 2006 Tundra, and tow 5,500 pretty frequently. I have around 300hp and 300 torque and I’m amazed at how easily the truck pulls the load. And I only need that power 1% of the time. And the more power you aren’t using the more you pay at the pump. How much power are you willing to pay for that you NEVER use? I admit wanting a Toyota diesel Tundra, but would I use the power? And would I tire of having to hunt for diesel stations?

  • Craig Davis

    The nice part about Toyota is they DON’T and WON’T make any changes until design is PROVEN. From transmissions to fuel injection to turbo chargers…………It’s all ends of being junk. Since the average person only keeps a car 3 to 4 years, it doesn’t matter. But for those that take their vehicles to 8 or more years, it does. I know, I’m a test engineer and see automotive testing day in and day out.

  • Dre Mosley

    Holding onto my Generation 2 Tundra until Generation 4 comes out. Gen 3 didn’t entice me enough; other than the interior, I like the 2nd Gen’s exterior appearance more.

    • IceMarine

      Me either. I hate it and am praying that my 07 lasts until then. Hoping that it will have similar stylings of the 07.

Editor's rating
4.5 overall
  • Safety4.6
  • Performance4.4
  • Design4.5
  • Features4.4
  • Fuel economy4.4

Toyota fans expected much from the new Tundra, at least more fuel efficient diesel engine.

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