Toyota Tundra has been among us for over a decade, but with certain modifications. This made it one of the best-selling trucks on the market. Constant upgrades refer to the interior, exterior and powertrains. The 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel brings major improvements associated with the all aspects. Now, we will see all of them!
The importance of 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel
Toyota has been making some of the best and the best-known trucks for a few decades now. Although most other trucks have been improved and redesigned on a frequent basis, Tundra stayed pretty much the same. In the last 2-3 years, we were able to see a drop in sales of the mentioned model.
Toyota decided that the new Tundra must restore the former glory of the brand and the truck. Eventually, new Tundra was developed. That’s why we are especially interested in this truck. It isn’t a completely new model, but it has plenty of new things to offer.
Major changes of the 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel
Despite the fact this is a mid-cycle redesign, the new Tundra has plenty of improvements to offer. Most of them are focused on the interior and exterior. As such, we know that all-new headlights are available, new bumpers, colors, front grill and fog lights (for premium models).
Safety features which will be available must be mentioned. New owners will get collision prevention, pedestrian detection, radar cruise control and lane alert, which alerts drivers when they accidentally move to another lane. It is believed that the 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel will come with auto high beams, a smart feature which means a lot and makes the ride easier.
The platform is going to be slightly modified. It is believed that this change will affect the handling and especially boost the off road capabilities. We all know that even the 2017 model had a great platform, so improving it even slightly is a right choice by Toyota. Still, we expect steel platform which will provide impressive strength and will stay rigid at all times. Also, it will increase the fuel consumption!
Cargo space has been redesigned as well. It now offers more space and it is more practical. All other facts about it stay the same as with 2017 model, which suggest you still get strong and reliable cargo space.
Specifications and engine
You may have heard that the 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel should come with a new diesel engine, flat 6 unit. As a matter of fact, we all believed this is going to be true, due to the fact current engines are outdated and they should be replaced. Regarding the horsepower and the fuel consumption, rival units are much better. The mentioned engine was apparently developed in cooperation with BMW and it should be paired with 1 or 2 turbochargers. The projected power was 500HP. 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel would truly become the best truck with this engine!
According to the recent information obtained from Toyota, the engines will remain the same! It is also known that only two diesel versions will be available. We are talking about 4.6L and more powerful 5.7L, V8 unit. The more powerful version delivers 385HP and 400 lb-ft of torque in order to meet demands of the most drivers. The fuel consumption is still kept as secret (the weight is slightly lower so we may get better fuel consumption), but we believe that it will be around 13/17mpg. Top speed is 110mph and 0-60mph is 6.4 seconds.
The transmission with both engines is 6-speed automatic. It is responsible for moving rear or all 4 wheels. Some versions may come with new road bars and with sophisticated Bilstein springs. With them, the suspension is significantly improved and transforms this car to a real off-roading beast. Expect all of these additions to the Tundra TDR version.
Handling is standard for a tr4uck of this size, but it is still slightly better than rival models have to offer. We liked the reasonable agility and appealing cornering. On the other hand, off-roading is just right. You don’t get advanced capabilities, but you won’t get stuck in a mud or being unable to drive in poor weather conditions.
Available trims and interiors of 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel
Versions of the 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel are going to stay the same as with an older car. There are 4 trims available and they are single cab, dual cab, limited duo-cab and platinum version. We also mentioned the available versions according to the price, starting with the most affordable one.
Each trim has different characteristics, including the total weight, platform, dimensions, and functionality. At this moment, they cannot be further explained, so we will have to wait for the official press release from Toyota.
The interior is actually still in development. The first data we got regarding the 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel are associated with the new materials, better seats, smarter features and better sound system. On the other side, the dimensions of a cabin will stay the same (regardless of the trim). Even the previous version was relatively comfortable and spacious inside, so we don’t believe there would be any issues.
Release date and price of different trim versions
The prices will be different and obviously, they will depend on the trim version. The base 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel in SR trim level will cost you $31,000. You get V8 with 310HP, daylights, easy lift gate, rear mounted the camera and 6-gear automatic transmission. As you can see, even the entry-level version offers plenty of equipment and features.
Limited trim version costs $43,000 and basically, you get similar specifications with additional equipment. This is expected to be the most popular version on the market. Just in case if you want something more, there is Platinum version. It costs $51,000 and you get rear-parking sonar, V8 engine and JBL audio with navigation.
The overall rating is high and it suggests that Tundra is a high-quality vehicle. Yes, it is more expensive than some of its rivals, which is already known, but it really has a lot to offer.
The new 2018 Toyota Tundra Diesel is a desirable truck. It brings plenty of minor changes and improvements. But, if we know that even the previous model was appreciated and popular, these small changes will truly make a difference and make Tundra once again the best truck in the class. Most of the changes are focused on exterior and interior, but let’s not forget about platform and safety features. At the end, we can just say that this is a desirable, heavy-duty truck.