Several reliable reports have recently suggested that the 2018 Toyota Tundra is due to receive a host of updates as well as a new diesel powertrain. The shift towards more frugal diesel-powered engines doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Other automakers in this segment have already added oil burners to their engine lineups. If everything goes as planned, the upcoming Tundra will join the likes of the Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan. Those who had efficient diesel engines under their hoods. In order to bridge the gap between the current Tundra and its rivals, Toyota also plans to give this half-ton pickup truck much-needed safety equipment upgrades as well.
2018 Toyota Tundra Design
The 2018 Toyota Tundra will be available in three cab configurations and three bed lengths. Regular-cab and double-cab variants will be offered in two ways. With either a standard bed (78.7 inches) or long bed (97.6 inches). Now, the Tundra CrewMax as the largest model will come exclusively with a short bed (66.7 inches). Apart from a few minor tweaks on the outside, the upcoming Tundra styling won’t bring any dramatic changes. As far as the interior design is concerned, this capable truck offers a wide array of features and materials. It’s depending on the trim level and configuration. The base models come with three seats wrapped in cloth. The more upscale versions turn into luxurious family haulers with leather seating and high-tech features. Expect also even the entry-level options to include a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
2018 Tundra V8 Engine Range
As mentioned, the most notable innovation expected from the 2018 Toyota Tundra will come as the brand new Cummins diesel unit in its engine range. It will be the same 5.0-liter turbo-diesel V8 that powers the Nissan Titan delivering 300 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. In terms of torque ratings, this mighty engine under the Tundra’s hood will probably surpass Ram’s EcoDiesel V6. As for the gasoline-powered lineup, expect the upcoming model to offer the same V8 engines as before. The 4.7-liter will be cranking out 310 hp and 328 lb-ft. The more capable option will once again come as the 5.7-liter unit generating 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of twist. Both powertrains will be matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.
2018 Toyota Tundra Pricing
The base 2018 Toyota Tundra is expected to be priced at around $31,500. The model equipped with the Cummins diesel will require several thousands more. With this latest round of updates, the Tundra will definitely be getting closer to the standards set by the class-leading Ford F-150 and Ram 1500.