Auto Show taken place in Chicago has reveled new variation on Toyota’s off-road line TRD Pro for both Tacoma and Tundra their pickup and 4 runners SUV models. But the biggest unveiled news regarding the Toyota Company start since the short interview from Automotive News journalist Richard Truett with Toyota USA Vice President Bob Carter. On the dialogue, Truett try to confirm information that he received from 2 resources. The information said that the company tries to offer Cummins ISV as diesel engine used in 2017 model Tundra. However Carter did not confirm this information nor deny it, even though he noted that the informant really good.
2017 Toyota Tundra Diesel Rumors Specification, Release Date, and Other Detail
Devolro Performance Cars Studio as American tuning studio announces last year that they have 3 kinds of diesels for tuning truck. They even offer Toyota to use Cummins engines in the Tundra with 5.9 liters or 3.9 liters on the volume or other engine Duramax V8 with 6.6 liters volume. Seeing this, the manufactured version of Tundra new generation probably will have similar Cummins diesel with 5.9 liters volume and 5.7 litters V8 engine. Another possibility for 2017 Tundra is Toyota might implant similar power unit as the new launched 2016 Nissan Titan XD.
But the probability of 2017 Toyota Tundra using diesel engine from Cummins is kind of low, this is because the company hold a share on other diesel engine manufacturer Hino. So if the company has the ability to use Hino’s unit, then they would less likely to use other company’s unit which will also make them spend extra fund on the third party (that will then impact to the sale price of Tundra diesel). So most likely Toyota would not use Cummins diesel for Tundra’s engine.
That is why most people believe that 2017 Tundra will most likely use Aussie engine with 4.5 liter volume which also installed on Land Cruiser variant for several market. Moreover the fact that Toyota has repeatedly emphasize on their intention in maximizing the usage of the company’s investment efficiently especially on development of the diesel engine. Furthermore they would most likely have known fuel consumption number of Tundra’s engine would be like.
The possibility of using hybrid engine is also hard to believe, especially because until now there is no known hybrid pickup that is successful commercially. Even though Toyota has been known for their expertise in building and design hybrid type cars, but the possibility is still questionable. 2017 Toyota Tundra will require powerplant which is very powerful and the space needed to install big sized Li-ion battery is not available. Other possible variation is by using electric motor with transmission build in as some SUVs made by Nissan.
Release date and price
For the release date of 2017 Toyota Tundra, it is most likely be available in 2017. As for the price, Toyota might try to reduce its price a little bit to increase the marketing. So we can try to expect Tundra to be release with $27,500 MSRP.
Redesign of Toyota Tundra
Some might not consider Carter’s hint to be something special, however this is not the first time a representative from Toyota talking about the possibility to pair Tundra with Cummins. The edmunds.com website, first publish in 2013 news regarding the possibility of Toyota using new variation on their Tundra engine options which are hybrid unit power as well as Cummins engine diesel.
Looking back, the discussion about dieselized on Tundra went back to 2006 with the proposal from Toyota. If this plan successful, it is most likely that the Tundra and not Ram 1500 which will become the revival sign of diesel era in 2009 on pickup full size sector. However the crisis in 2008 had forced Toyota to delay the launch of diesel version. We hope that resources that owned by Truett is reliable and we might see diesel variant on Tundra after 3 years. Then the diesel variation will also be offered for other generation of pickup from Japan.
For the interior it seems that Tundra would not get big changes. Toyota might give newer multimedia system which also used on other pickup and SUV that Toyota has such as Tacoma. They might also give newer safety and security feature. However the overall appearance on the design might only be change a little bit to match with Toyota’s new concept for their design which seen on the newest generation of Camry.
Same with before variation, 2017 Toyota Tundra will be launch in 2 types of cabs. The first type is the crew cab type which has full size on the interior, as well as longer rear doors. The second type is the double cap type which has bigger space on the cargo but with shorter doors which will make smaller size room for the rear passenger. However the information about trims might be available in the future after the launch of the production version for Tundra. We can expect that Toyota will create 2 basic trimming levels for Tundra which are TRD version and diesel version.