Toyota’s refreshed Tundra pickup truck won’t last for long because the manufacturer works on the new generation model already. Well, “already” may be the wrong word here. Actually, it’s definitely wrong. The current Tundra has been introduced in 2007, so it rather belongs to a museum than to Toyota’s dealerships. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a capable, solid pickup, but it’s really outdated. According to the latest reports, the next generation full-size truck will be introduced sometime in 2019 as the 2020 Toyota Tundra. Even though it’s still too early for any kind of conclusions, we believe it’s going to be a far better option from its predecessor, and here is why:
The 2020 Tundra will definitely get a new platform. The architecture should make the truck lighter and more rigid. Though, it will also enable the use of new engines. Speaking of which, the vehicle will drop both today’s options in favor for better mills. More precisely, today’s base 4.6-liter V8 which develops 310 hp will make room for Lexus’ 5.0-lite V8. The engine currently pumps out 394 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, but it might lift up both power and torque to 400.
As for the topper, it’s going to be motivated with a new generation of the 5.7-liter V-8. Bearing in mind that the current option produces 381 hp and 401 lb-ft, we can’t wait to see what’s going on with the new option. Judging by the latest speculations, the mill will develop around 400 ponies and 430 lb-ft of twist, achieving significantly better fuel economy and towing capacity. Toyota could add a diesel option as well. However, we can’t say anything more about it at the moment. What we know for sure is that the current six-speed gearbox won’t be a part of Tundra’s new powertrains. Instead, the truck will rely on an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2020 Toyota Tundra will host a number of styling changes of course. However, it’s far more important carmaker’s decision to make it larger. Yes, the new pickup truck should get everything longer and wider body, as well as a few inches more between wheels. This will have a positive influence on the interior space and bed. From the outside, the new generation Tundra will probably borrow most of the new styling cues from the latest Tacoma. Though, the carmaker might add some unique details in the front, like a pair of totally new headlights and a different grille. The cab will suffer a dramatic redesign without any doubt. Still, what’s more important, it’s going to host Toyota’s latest technology, like the new infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Since the current truck features just one USB port, we know that the new generation model must get more ports. Plus, there will be at least one 110-volt power outlet.
The 2020 Toyota Tundra will have to cost more from its predecessor. More precisely, it’s going to start at around $31,500.