The second generation of the Tundra has been first showcased back in 2006 and it has been around ever since late 2006. This makes it more than 10 years old at this point and despite its numerous upgrades, it can’t really compete anymore. Because of that, a successor is expected with the 2019 Toyota Tundra. Even though Toyota hasn’t said so officially, a leaked document did say that a revamp for the Tundra is expected in 2019 with a small refresh inbound for 2017. One of the main selling points for the Tundra was the way it drove. This is also true now with the current model being one of the most comfortable trucks money can buy.
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2019 TOYOTA TUNDRA PRICE, RELEASE DATE, AND DETAILS
If they the upcoming model to be successful then Toyota is going to have quite a bit of work to do. For starters, its competitors are better than ever before. Ford has its aluminum-bodied F-150, RAM has their great diesel model while GM has the proven reliability of the Chevrolet Silverado. Toyota will have to combine all of these to a certain extent in order to make it. The redesigned Tundra is expected to be shown in the early 2019 and it should hit the market by the end of the year. The price is likely going to still start around $30,000 with its top end models going for well past $60,000.
CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR
The upcoming 2019 Toyota Tundra is expected to feature a fully boxed frame and a heavy duty axle in the back. The front of the truck will likely use an independent suspension setup as standard. Some rumors also suggested a heavier duty version. If Toyota manages to actually release a higher rated Tundra then we are sure they’ll get ahead of some of their rivals. A Tundra with a payload in excess of 4,000 pounds and a towing rating close to 20,000 pounds would allow Toyota to step into Super Duty territory without much trouble. Unlike Ford, and soon RAM and GM, Toyota is expected to stick with steel for most of the Tundra’s body. Some aluminum panels could be added such as a hood, doors, and roof.
DESIGN – INSIDE AND OUT
There is no doubt about the fact the interior of the Tundra is one of the best on the market. Even though it may look old in comparison to its rivals, it oozes class. We do expect the redesigned 2019 Toyota Tundra to follow it closely. While most of its rivals went for plastics and fake aluminum, the Tundra will likely continue to offer things like real wood, plenty of leather and even real aluminum and stainless steel. The base workhorse model, on the other hand, should still impress with soft touch plastics and plenty of gear for the price.
UNDER THE HOOD OF TOYOTA TUNDRA 2019
One of the drawbacks of the truck was the lack of a diesel. The Toyota Tundra 2019 redesigned model is expected to feature not only that but also a hybrid and a revised set of gas engines. The new base Tundra might just get a twin-turbocharged V6. Lexus just released a 3.5-liter unit with 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. This is a modular engine which could be downsized to 3 liters or lower. The output for the base Tundra should hover around 300 horsepower and over 300 lb-ft of torque. The higher end models could get a higher output version of the same engine. A hybrid using a larger V6 is also expected but it has not been confirmed at this point. Some rumors also suggested that the truck may get a 4.5-liter turbocharged V8 diesel. This is currently in use on the Land Cruiser and it is one of the most impressive diesels ever made.