Toyota is highly reputable car manufacturer which delivers various kinds of vehicles that are known to be reliable and durable products. Among its creations it also offers full-size pickup truck version Toyota Tundra. This machine is sold many countries around the world including the US. Being classified as full-size truck, stateside this version is faced with rivals like top-selling Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra and Ram 1500.
However, this model lags behind top full-sizers in many respects and it struggles to get better market share. It has soldiered in its second generation since the year 2007 with only significant refresh for the 2014 model year. The mid-cycle update has brought refreshed styling, interior and revised equipment but it is hardly comparable with Ford’s 2015 year redesign. Therefore, this model has been rumored to be totally reworked for the 2018 model year with changes which will improve its chances in highly competitive full-size class. The improvements are expected on all fronts and 2018 Toyota Tundra should be all-new model.
2018 Toyota Tundra: Design, Interior
The new 2018 Toyota Tundra has been rumored to be redesigned from the ground up and the manufacturer will start with its chassis and body structure. There the engineers will use as much as possible lightweight materials like Ford did with its F-150 in order to reduce weight and improve rigidity which should lead to better fuel economy and performance. On the surface, the new styling will show the Tundra in new light. The model is expected to get more balanced front fascia which will include revamped grille and new headlights. The front side will also look different thanks to the reshaped bumper, new fog lights and new hood. Some changes will also be seen on the profile side where sheet metal sculpting will form slightly different picture. The rear side will be treated with new taillights and bumper.
Inside, the Tundra will be nicely designed with usage of better materials and upgraded technology features. The redesigned dash will get new center stack and instrument cluster. The higher spec models will get fancier trimmed surfaces which include leather upholstery, contrasting stitching and trim insets. Upgraded touchscreen interface with larger center display will be available even on the base models and will cover modern integration requirements, strong audio system, connectivity options while higher grade models will add larger screen, premium sound system, and more. The model will be offered in three body styles as the current version and is expected to use the same strategy with trim levels. It will also add more driver aid systems that haven’t been available currently.
2018 Toyota Tundra: Performance
On the performance front, the new 2018 Toyota Tundra is expected to offer more frugal and downsized engine options. The current model comes with two V-8 engines and most of the sales go on the 5.7 liter V-8 engine which can produce 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. The current base engine is a 4.6 liter V-8 which makes 310 hp and torque of 327 pound-feet. The Tundra discontinued V-6 engine in 2015 year but new model is expected to offer smaller engine option and possibly turbocharged unit. It might also come with diesel engine as option. There will be the base two wheel drive configuration and four-wheel drive option. Model is also expected to get new transmission and reworked suspension, steering and braking system.
2018 Toyota Tundra: Release date, Price
The company hasn’t hinted its intentions about the 2018 Toyota Tundra and official details about its specs, release and price are not available. The mentioned changes have been suggested from different sources which also claim that this model will come in late 2017. According to them, it will have base price around $35, 000.