Released a decade ago, the Tundra, despite being a good and nicely finished truck, can’t really keep up with its more current competitors which all feature the newest technologies and engines available on the market. It seems that in order to become a good option to consider Toyota is going to offer an entirely new Tundra some time in the near future. While so far they haven’t released anything on the upcoming truck, it seems that they are not going to go for an all aluminum build like Ford but they are still going to make some parts out of aluminum, in order to make the 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel more durable and also lighter.
2018 TOYOTA TUNDRA DIESEL PRICE AND RELEASE DATE
The frame is likely going to be extensively re-engineered with a lot of new parts which will make for a more structurally rigid truck. This could mean that it will be able to tow a lot more than the current version and it will also be more comfortable. Also, for the first time ever, the truck may receive a rather special engine with the 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel, a direct competitor for Ford’s future F-150 diesel and the current Ram EcoDiesel.
Unlike these two, though, the Tundra will be more expensive with a starting price close to $55,000 and with a larger towing capacity. Unfortunately, it will not be available for sale until at least 2018 so people looking at a diesel full-size half-a-ton pickup truck can only get the Ram EcoDiesel or the new Nissan Titan xD which is a bit larger.
2018 TOYOTA TUNDRA DIESEL ENGINE
It seems that for the future generation of the Tundra and specifically for the 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel the Japanese company will work with BMW in order to develop a new powertrain for it. At first many thought that the truck would receive the 4.5 liters turbocharged V8 diesel found in the current Land Cruiser, but this engine is quite old and not really up to the task of offering as much power as its competitors. Instead, the Tundra might receive a rather interesting engine choice with a BMW co-developed inline 6 turbocharged diesel which would be based loosely on their 3-liter engines.
However, instead of offering a 3 liter turbocharged inline 6 diesel, which would still make plenty of power, Toyota might offer a larger than 4-liter version of the same engine with Toyota-made parts. This would likely get a sequential turbocharging system which would allow the rather small diesel to offer close to 400 horsepower and well over 700 lb-ft of torque, a lot more than any of the current diesel engines found on the market.
This would easily be able to allow the strengthened Tundra to tow on the excess of 15,000 and it should also be quite a bit more efficient than the older petrol engines currently available on the truck.
DESIGN: INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR
There is still no official information on the design scheme the new truck will receive. If we take a close look in the past and how the current version was designed then it is safe to assume that the upcoming 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel will very likely borrow cues from the newest Tacoma.
That will only mean it will receive a more athletic body with more aggressive lines than the current version which will certainly make for a much better truck to look at. Some also suggested that the diesel version of the Tundra will be the most powerful version of it and it may even be offered in a high-performance off-road model as well. The cabin will likely be kept true to the design and feel of the original meaning that it will be one of the best interiors in its class with a big lead over its rivals both in terms of technology and comfort.