Toyota’s is developing an all-new body-on-frame platform for its pickup trucks. The new architecture will be able to host some new engine options and technologies, which are necessary, especially under the hood of the larger Tundra truck. In addition, the chassis will likely use some lightweight materials in order to shed some weight and thus to improve fuel economy numbers. The new platform will make its debut together with the 2019 Toyota Tundra. The Japanese car manufacturer hasn’t set the date of arrival yet, but it should be before the end of 2018 or in early 2019.
2019 Toyota Tundra: New Engines
Toyota hasn’t said anything regarding the truck future performance. However, the latest reports suggest that the 2019 Tundra should completely change its options. As we’ve heard, the new chassis will be able to accommodate both gasoline and diesel units, as well as a hybrid system. Though, we don’t expect to see the hybrid right away. No, the new-generation Toyota Tundra will switch the current 4.6-liter V-8 with Lexus’ 5.0-liter V-8. The mill delivers 394 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque at the moment, but the carmaker might update it, so we expect around 400 hp and as much pound-feet of twist.
The optional 5.7-liter V8 will be replaced too. More precisely, it’s going to get a new generation suit, which will include some new technologies, most likely variable valve timing and new cylinder heads. This will push the output over 400 horsepower and up to 430 pound-feet of torque. Both options will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Japanese manufacturer could even add a diesel option. There is nothing official about that, but the latest rumors (and earlier as well) are suggesting that the truck could collaborate with Cummins. If that happens, the potential buyers can expect pretty much the same oil-burner engine as it uses Nissan’s Titan XD.
Changes and Features
We are not sure whether the carmaker plans to make the 2019 Toyota Tundra larger or smaller, yet we know it’s going to host lots of exterior and interior changes. Though, the truck will likely receive an evolutionary redesign. The cab, on the other hand, needs to be significantly better to compete with the biggest rivals. Toyota will probably add higher quality materials and all-new infotainment system, as well as some new safety features. Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity has to become available; plus the pickup truck needs to have more USB ports because today’s model features just one.
Price and Arrival
The totally redesigned 2019 Toyota Tundra will become available in U.S. dealerships in 2019. The base price will likely slightly go up, so let’s say that the base model should cost around $33,000.