Even though the Tundra still looks up to date, the truck has been out for nearly a decade and its chassis remained unchanged ever since it was released even though it received quite a few updates throughout the years. At this point a new model is still unannounced but it seems that the future 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel is going to be the first one of the new generation to be released, first as a concept and a few months after the production truck will be released for the general public. Its petrol powered versions are likely going to be offered at a later date in order to give the public a true competitor for the Nissan Titan XD.
Exterior Design of 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel
Just like with its competitors, the Tundra will be an all new truck which will share little to nothing with the ongoing model. This is great because it finally means that we are going to have on the US market a few more trucks than just the F-150 and the Silverado, the current two best sellers. The new chassis of the Tundra is going to be more rigid but not lighter than before. That is due to the fact it will likely be strengthened in order to allow the fitment of the diesel engine and also to give it a larger towing rating. On top of that, the body will be completely redesigned. At this point in time it still is unclear if the truck will receive an aluminum body like some of its competitors.
We do know though that the 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel is going to look vastly different than what the current model looks like. Instead of refining the old design the new model will finally get a more aggressive and muscular body, similar to what the new Tacoma has. This means that it will also likely be slightly smaller than before but thanks to the new chassis and engines it should be just as capable, both on and off the road.
2018 Tundra’s Interior
In order to keep one of the best selling points of the Tundra unchanged, its interior is going to be vastly superior than any of the interiors of its competitors and this is true for the current model as well. There is likely going to be slightly less space inside the cabin than before, but the materials, driving position and even equipment level are all going to be superior. Also, this time around some rumors also suggested that the Tundra will get a high end luxury version specifically aimed at those that buy the G-Class Mercedes or other similar cars.
Engine and Transmission
Because the usual petrol engines are going to be missing from the market for some time, the 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel will have to be quite impressive in order to make people buy it. This might not be as hard to do as we first thought because Toyota currently has three different diesel engines than they may install under the hood of the new Tundra. Toyota’s current 4.5 liter turbocharged V8 diesel which can also be found under the hood of the Land Cruiser is unlikely going to be fitted due to its sheer cost.
However, the 5 liter turbocharged V8 Cummins diesel might be a really good choice. It offers 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque while using quite a bit less fuel than an equivalent petrol engine. On top of that, thanks to the fact Toyota currently works with BMW, some said that a 3 liter twin-turbocharged inline 6 diesel could also be offered. This would easily be capable of 300 horsepower and well over 500 lb-ft of torque while using less fuel than even the V8 Cummins. It remains to be seen though which engine Toyota will decide to install when the truck will first be showcased to the public in 2017.
Price and Release date of 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel
There is no official announcement from Toyota, at this point, regarding the date of release. According to rumors, new Tundra Diesel should be presented somewhere during 2017, while the start of sales would be in first quarter of 2018. Price shouldn’t be much different from current models, with expected starring price in range of $36,000 for basic model.
Here is a video of 2017 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro: