Tundra was Toyota’s first pickup to be marketed in North America and has been around since May 1999. Currently into its second generation, this pickup sports a variety of trims and is available in varying sizes. To continue its popularity and contest with the likes of Ford F-150 and GMC Sierra, the automaker is set to roll out its new 2018 Toyota Tundra.
2018 Toyota Tundra Redesign
Teaser videos of Toyota’s 2018 pickup concept are already available, and it is likely to receive few modifications it terms of its overall look.
- Its front grille looks entirely The thin slot structure has been replaced by wide ones, and its outer chrome border has been widened to quite an extent. This imparts an aggressive look to the new Tundra.
- Headlights are definitely bigger this time. Also, they are placed at a slight angle with the horizontal grille bars. LED fittings are likely to come as standard.
- Front bumper is bigger too. The grille’s chrome accent continues to this and fog lights placed on either side has been made larger in size.
- Wheels seem massive. Currently, Tundra comes with 18-inch alloy ones, but 2018 Toyota Tundra may see options for bigger wheels.
- Nothing official on the interior cabin is still available. However, expect the dash to receive some design changes along with larger display for its infotainment.
Apart from these, Toyota may go with the regulars like a 6-speaker audio system, backup cameras feeding data to the infotainment’s display and advanced voice recognition system with integrated navigation features.
Three possibilities in the engine section for the new 2018 Toyota Tundra:
- The standard 4.6-liter V8 engine with an output power rating of 310 HP and torque rating of 327 lb-ft.
- A bigger version of this gasoline engine is the 5.7-liter V8 engine. This will make Tundra develop a power of 381 HP and torque of 401 lb-ft.
- A diesel unit of Toyota, the 5.0-liter turbocharged V8 Cummins with a power capacity of 300 HP and a massive torque capacity of 500 lb-ft.
The first two is already available is the current Tundra, and Toyota is more likely to go with the Cummins engine for its 2018 Tundra. This will improve its performance figures. Top speed is likely to cross the previous 108 mph mark and acceleration from 0 to 60 mph will take place in under 6.7 seconds. All this, owing to improvement in torque figures.
Towing capacity will be more than 10,500 pounds, and payload capacity is likely to cross 2,060 pounds. EPA is where Toyota has suffered till date placing them behind the likes of Ford and GMC. This time, the automaker will like to improve from its previous rating of 13 mpg in city and 17 mpg on highways.
2018 Tundra’s Safety
The Japanese automaker promises to install 8 airbags and latch facilities in its new 2018 Toyota Tundra. Apart from this, the pickup will come with Toyota’s Star Safety system which includes:
- Automatic stability control with advanced traction control.
- Anti-lock automatic brakes and even braking distribution.
- Smart start/stop features with Brake Assist technology.
- Blind spot monitoring system.
- Forward collision alert with pedestrian detection technology.
Price and Release Date
It may come in that $31,000 mark, and higher trims with additional specs may see the figure rise. Although no official release date is available from Toyota, expect it to debut around late 2018.