New Toyota Tundra Coming “Soon” To Battle Latest Ram And Silverado

The full-size truck market is heating up thanks to new and upgraded entries such as the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. These models will face even tougher competition in the future as Toyota has revealed plans for a redesigned Tundra.

Speaking to Motor Trend at the Chicago Auto Show, Toyota’s North American Group Vice President and General Manager, Jack Hollis, confirmed plans for a new Tundra. When pushed for details, Hollis said the model is coming “soon” but couldn’t get more specific as plans haven’t been finalized yet.

While there’s no word on when the truck will arrive, Hollis described the Tundra as an important part of the company’s lineup. He went on to say “I’m really excited about where we’re going with that.”

Little is known about the next-generation model, but the current Tundra hasn’t changed much since 2014. Instead, the automaker has focused on variants such as the 2020 Tundra TRD Pro which debuted in Chicago with a new keyless ignition and an updated infotainment system featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

While the Tundra’s competition offers an assortment of different engines – including everything from a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder to a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 – Toyota only offers two V8 petrols. The entry-level unit displaces 4.6-liters and develops 310 hp (231 kW / 314 PS) and 327 lb-ft (442 Nm). Customers can also opt for a larger 5.7-liter V8 with 381 hp (284 kW / 386 PS) and 401 lb-ft (543 Nm) of torque.

It remains unclear what will power the next-generation pickup, but there have been rumors about a hybrid variant. Regardless of what’s under the hood, the redesign could help to boost sales which have been hovering at around 118,000 units annually.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    About time!

    Don’t disappoint.. *fingers crossed*

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  • Dennis Scipio

    I thought the upcoming 2020 Tundra will just be an extensive refresh.

    • MarkoS

      You thought right.

  • Dylan Wentworth

    Please bring back the 6′ bed (at least) on crew max. You had them before, you can do it again. Heck, you offer it for the Tacoma.
    And improve MPG.

  • Liam Paul

    lol that’s like saying peewee is coming to battle hercules

  • MarkoS

    It doesn’t need to grow, the others are getting laughably big, its absurd. My bet is the new platform will be modular enough to also under-pin the Tacoma and 4-Runner.

  • Bo Hanan

    Cleary Toyota hasn’t seen the new trucks from Ford, GMC and Dodge. This will not do.

    • Craig

      Dodge doesn’t make trucks. [I had to say it. Sorry!]

      • Bo Hanan

        Shut up Craig you know what I mean. You always messin with be bro.

        • Craig

          I think you’re confusing me with someone else. An evil twin perhaps?

  • Bash

    To Battle the Silverado I can accept that, but the Ram is just like no other, even in its base model. I guess.

  • Brandon

    Improve it with .7 inches of travel, slap some stickers on there and call it a TRD. Lol. What’s next? Prius TRD?
    Well done Toyota.
    Seriously, I will need the following to really consider the new Tundra as I just purchased my new first new trailer.
    Grab handle. Let me get IN the truck first to enjoy it. Makes it kind of difficult with bad knees.
    Tail gate step.
    Full size bed.
    Optional towing mirrors
    Trailer lane assist
    Differential locks or SOME tech from the LC for off road capability.
    A guy can dream. Diesel engine option. Please.
    Don’t be the Lexus “third row” of engineers and do things half baked. Talk about hype then flop.
    Do better Toyota.

  • King Diamond

    Improved MPG is the main thing they need to address.

    • Dylan Wentworth

      They are seriously trailing the competition in MPG.
      At least 36 gallon fuel tanks are common on the Tundra and hopefully that remains an option.

  • RoseFlorida

    A slightly longer bed available on all versions, a powerful diesel variant, better visibility all around than the competition, a vertical opening rear window and a bench seat option available on the highest trim levels, then I am sold. It might be too late though, I need something soon and the GM 6 cylinder diesel is on the horizon – in spite of it lacking, it might have to do.

    • Dylan Wentworth

      I agree they need at least a 6′ bed, preferably 6.5 like the Titan and not just for utility purposes but also so for tax purposes.

      What I don’t agree on anymore is the diesel. That ship has already sailed. They just don’t make sense anymore in a half ton. Back when they could run cheat software the fuel economy numbers were great but they can’t do that and now the price of a gallon of diesel is at parity with the increase in fuel economy so you’re not saving money. There’s also the emissions requirements such as DEF, but more recently regeneration which is proving to be an enormous hassle in other trucks. If you look up regen on the Titan forums and see the other problems, you will realize that Toyota made the smart decision not to go down that road. If you’re going to sell trucks with diesel engines, you need your dealers to be able to service them with trained diesel techs and that’s not practical on this level when there’s only one model and one or two high end trims that have it.

      And even though people have been clamoring for diesels for years in this country, the newer ones that are available just aren’t selling that well. Granted, they’re in upper trims but still.

      • RoseFlorida

        Yes, I hear you. What appeals to me about the diesel though is not the operating cost versus the gas engine, but the range on a fuel tank that is under (not in) the bed. it used to be that Transflow had a replacement tank for Silverados that was great, 43 gallons if I recall, and I had them on every diesel HD I bought, but there must not be room because they don’t seem to make them for the most recent model. I don’t know how the 2019s will fare. I did see that with the new HDs GM might have a 35 gallon optional tank, and that would be a relief.

        • Dylan Wentworth

          And on the Titan HD it is a puny 26 gallon tank. Range is huge with me. HUGE. I really don’t care so much about the mpgs as I do about having to stop frequently to fuel up. 36 gallon tank are non uncommon in the Tundras. I think it’s an option but every one I looked at had it installed already.

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