2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, Diesel, Interior

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02/09/2017 UPDATE: Today, tomorrow, Toyota. One of the slogans which were used by Japanese automaker is being applied very well in the daily life of this manufacturer. Now we can add yesterday or even everyday because starting from the new year it seems Aichi-based company doesn’t sleep. 2017 NAIAS saw Camry, the year before we had Corolla, RAV4 and now we have, at Chicago Auto Show, new Tundra and Sequoia. In this article, we will update you about 2018 Toyota Tundra. Also, to refreshing for 2018 MY Toyota will add TRD PRO alterations to both models.

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Major changes will happen on the inside because now Tundra will have as standard options such as Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Auto High Beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. On the exterior, we have new mesh grill which will be of a different kind depending on the trim level of your choice. Other parts updated include new headlights for each trim, foglights for Limited, Platinum, TRD PRO and 1794 models. Toyota is only doing a mid-cycle refresh, but new options on 2018 Tundra are numerous. They include a new selection of colors, new bumpers on different trims, new hood scoop and 20-inch silver wheels. Under the hood 2018 Toyota Tundra will have standard engine lineup transferred from 2017 MY aided by 5.7-liter V-8 with 381hp.

Review

In the recent years, many pickup truck manufacturers have redesigned their vehicles. Toyota is one of the world leaders in this field but it seems that somehow they neglected Tundra. Tundra is one of the most popular pickups. However, it appears that its popularity is going downward spiral. Toyota hasn’t changed much for a while, only minor updates and refreshments. We believe that 2018 Toyota Tundra will bring Tundra its glory. At the moment there is no much info about this model but there are some speculations about design, engine, and modifications in general. Whether new Tundra is going to be redesigned or not find out in this review.

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UPDATE: Toyota has released a lot of information about new 2018 Tundra since the release date is getting closer. Some speculations have come true, some have not. We’re especially disappointed with the lineup due to lack of new units.

NEWS: According to motor1.com, the camouflage 2018 Toyota Tundra spotted in southern California.

2018 Toyota Tundra Release Date and Price

The price range hasn’t been determined yet but the minimum price should be around $30,000. Higher trim levels will naturally have a higher price. Reportedly, 2018 Toyota Tundra will be released at the end of 2017 but don’t get surprised if you see it on some shows way before than that.

UPDATE: Prices have been officially confirmed! The range goes from $30,000 for the base model to $46,000 for Platinum. And it will be presented way earlier than it was expected. The 2018 Tundra will have its debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. Then we will hopefully have all the information about the latest model.

Modifications

It is still unclear what changes will new 2018 Toyota Tundra have. However, there are some unofficial rumors regarding both design and engine. Reportedly, body and chassis are going to be modified. In general, the platform is going to be slightly different. Apart from that, we expect some minor changes as well. Allegedly, new engine options will be offered but don’t take to the bank. We are going to enlist several possible changes and hope Toyota will confirm these speculations.

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2016 Toyota Tundra Limited Double Cab shown; Source: toyota.com

UPDATE: It appears that platform will be slightly modified, but it will be based entirely on steel. Lack of aluminum leads to higher fuel consumption. Toyota must consider redesigning the platform, but this is not expected before the next generation. Body and chassis got some modifications and new fenders are used as well.

Engine and Specs

The current model has an engine lineup consisted of two different powertrains – 4.6l and 5.7l units. These two are out of date and they should be replaced. They have been under the hood of Tundra for a while and they are not as efficient as the engines developed by competent automakers. Rumors are telling us that turbocharged engines are going to be used this time. The base unit should be a 3.0l inline-6 which takes after BMW engine. However, we are not certain at this point whether this unit will be equipped with one or two turbochargers. This means its output should be somewhere between 350 and 500 hp while we can’t predict is fuel economy.

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2016 Toyota Tundra Limited Double Cab shown; Source: toyota.com

On the other hand, a 3.5l twin-turbocharged six-cylinder should also be part of the lineup. In addition, it seems that Toyota is going to the third unit to the lineup. The third option will be a diesel unit and it is most likely that it will be either a Hino-based unit or a 5.0l Cummins. We’re still waiting for the official confirmation but don’t expect that 2018 Toyota Tundra to have less than three different choices. As far as we are concerned transmission system is going to be changed and EPA rating will definitely be improved. At this moment we can’t our expectations but stay tuned with us in order to find out these details. 

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Toyota has let us down when it comes to the engine lineup. It appears that rumors were not true and the 2018 model will inherit two engines from the previous model. There are some talks about the third unit, but the Japanese automaker will answer all questions at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

2018 Toyota Tundra Interior and Trims

Toyota Tundra 2018 is coming in at least four different trim levels: SR Single Cab Long Bed, SR5 Double Cab, Limited Double Cab and Platinum Crew Max. They will differ in terms of curb weight, height, and wheelbase, while the rest of the things should be more or less the same. The cabin will be made of high strength steel which means we don’t need to expect exceptional fuel efficiency. Unlike the F-150 which is built of both steel and aluminum new Tundra 2018 will be entirely made of steel.

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Fenders are going to be new but we can tell how they are going to look like. The cabin will so get some updates and refreshments, especially in terms of technology. We guess that final look of the cabin hasn’t been finally determined yet. However, we might see some new materials while cabin dimensions shouldn’t be changed. More information about the interior is expected in the following months. 

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UPDATE: In the article, we didn’t mention the 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. Toyota Racing Development USA manufactured the TRD Pro version of this pickup, but it will probably be released much later. Modifications will be focused both on the design and powertrain and are looking forward to seeing the enhanced Tundra on the streets.

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2016 Toyota Tundra interior shown; Source: toyota.com

2018 Toyota Tundra Redesign

Many speculations have come true. Body and chassis are new and the platform is slightly redesigned as well. People expected new engine lineup to be introduced, but it appears that the current units will be used once again. However, it is still possible Toyota will add some new engines to the lineup and we can just hope the Japanese automaker will answer these questions at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

Trim Level Info and Specification:

2018 Toyota Tundra Limited: MSRP $43,000, 38-gallons fuel tank,  integrated a backup camera, daytime light
2018 Toyota Tundra SR: MSRP $31,000, 4.6 liter V8, 327 pound-feet, 310 HP,6-speed automatic transmission, star safety system, easy lower and lift gate, integrated a backup camera, daytime light, acceleration 0 to 60 mph in less than 9 seconds 
Toyota Tundra Platinum: 4.6 liters, V8 engine, MSRP $51,000, Entune premium JBL navigation and audio equipment,  integrated a backup camera, daytime light, front and rear parking assist sonar,
Dimensions:

  • Length: 229 in
  • Width: 80 in
  • Curb Weight: 5000 pounds
  • Wheelbase: 146 in

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