The next generation of the legendary Toyota Tundra will adopt diesel technology. This capable, full-size truck will remain a very serious off-road performer with new, more powerful and fuel efficient engines. With its powerful powertrains, user-friendly technological features, and stiff ride, 2017 Toyota Tundra will win the hearts of a great number of customers.
The current Tundra has been present on the market since 2014, it is high time for the carmaker to revamp it if they want to keep it competitive and blow away its American rivals. Many experts agree that the Tundra lags behind its rivals in many ways and we sincerely hope that the 2017 model year will be evolutionary for the vehicle. The biggest news, this time, is that the vehicle will get an upgraded version of the 5.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel engine, but we also expect upgraded electronic interface, revised exterior design, and more refined interior.
The greatest novelty the Toyota Tundra brings is a new engine we already mentioned. There will be three powertrain options available. The first one comes in the form of a 4.6-liter V8 with the capacity to deliver 310 horses and 327 pound-feet of torque. It is backed up by a six-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive. The 5.7-liter V8 with a power output of 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. This engine gets the same transmission as the 4.6-liter unit. Finally, the carmaker will adopt diesel technology in its Tundra and other full-size trucks. The carmaker’s new oil-burner will be supplied by mighty Cummins. So, the diesel variant of the 2017 Toyota Tundra will hide a 5.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel engine under the bonnet. Nissan has slotted the same engine to provide power for its next-gen Titan. There are no official details about the power output of the engine, but word has it the engine will be good for 300 horses and 500 pound-feet of torque. The carmaker decided for a diesel version primarily to improve fuel economy, but unfortunately, there’s no official word about fuel economy ratings.
2017 Toyota Tundra Changes
The 2017 model year brings mid-cycle refreshment for the Toyota Tundra. The Tundra which the carmaker officially unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show looked more aggressive than its predecessor. This vehicle will still be offered in three cab configurations and six different trim levels which range from the entry-level SR to the top-ranging TRD Pro. Three-bed lengths are available depending on the cabin choice and what you need from this truck. The new truck will ride on 18-inch steel wheels, at least for the base version. The SR5 model will be offered in two body styles, the Double Cab, and the CrewMax while it comes with 18-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, chrome rear bumper, rear privacy glass, a rearview camera, and many other great features.
The Limited trim level gets all of the aforementioned equipment along with heated mirrors, 20-inch alloy wheels, etc. Platinum and 1794 Edition was not confirmed but we do expect to see at least Platinum version at the start and later Toyota might add few special editions to the lineup. It seems that Toyota follows trends and employs bigger and bigger grille every time. Another noticeable change is that the new Tundra has a lockable tailgate which is lowered automatically thankfully to gas struts and prevents the dreaded tailgate slam.
Most of the full-size trucks out there have cabins which span from the basic truck to luxurious family haulers with latest technological features and premium materials. The 2017 Toyota Tundra’s base interior accommodates three passengers at the time. Moving to higher trim levels, you will get a well designed cabin with brown leather and wood trim. If you opt for the CrewMax or the Double-cab, your Tundra will have the capacity to carry up to 6 passengers with a bench in front and standard rear seat. If you decide for more comfortable bucket seats, the cabin will be able to receive five passengers at the time. The base trim level gets a 6.1-inch touch-sensitive entertainment screen, a rearview camera, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and many others.
The fact that the 2017 Toyota Tundra is coming redesigned means that there will be some changes to the price list. Previously available model started at $29,140 so we think that 2017 version will go up for about few hundred dollars but that it will be kept under $30k. If you decide to take Regular Cab version you can expect to see above $30k price while the Crew Max will start from about $34,000. The exact launch date has not been officially specified but the mid-summer introduction is something we can predict, later, during the fall, deliveries could start.