First revealed in 2006, the ongoing Tundra is not really the newest truck on the market. In fact since its official unveiling the truck only received a mild update a few years back. Even though Toyota still hasn’t released any official details about its successor, it looks like a new truck may be released with the future 2019 Toyota Tundra. This has yet to be seen testing on the road, even in prototype form, which suggests that Toyota is trying to not show their competitors what they are about to release. So far it looks like the future Tundra will be a lighter, more efficient and more powerful truck than before. On top of that, its design is likely going to be vastly different which will be the biggest change here.
Just like with its predecessor, the new model of the Tundra is going to be based on a ladder-frame chassis. This will likely be a boxed-in frame in order to increase the structural rigidity and allow the Tundra to provide better payload ratings than before. In order to make the extra weight not so apparent, it seems like at least the cabin and the front end might be made out of aluminum. This would be a completely new process for Toyota but so far it looks like it is highly needed. Their smaller truck, the Tacoma, is a full-steel bodied truck and as a result it is one of the heaviest in its class.
We do hope things will change with the new 2019 Toyota Tundra. If Toyota manages to come up with an economical manufacturing process then we see no reason for the Tundra not to succeed. Unlike some other trucks out there, it looks like the bed will still be made out of steel which will retain its durability while not adding all that much weight over an aluminum bed.
2019 Toyota Tundra Release date & Price
The ongoing Tundra trims have very interesting prices. The base model, which is SR trim with Single cab 2WD is not the cheapest one. The title of most affordable Tundra has SR Double Cab powered by a 4.6-liter V-8. The price of this installment is $30,120. The regular cab doesn’t have a 4.6-liter mill in its lineup, and it costs $30,500. Crew Max with four doors and with the same engine, RWD, and SR5 trim starts at $34,250. With the upcoming generation of Tundra, the price will only increase further. Across the lineup, depending on the trim the price will go north in the margin between $500 and $1,000. Regardless of this 2019 Toyota Tundra is going to be one of the most affordable trucks on the market. The competition has pickups priced in the $60,000 region, while Tundra’s top-tier model barely scratches $50,000 mark.
The latest generation of Tundra is expected in the late months of 2018. There is no exact date set for the release of this pickup. More will be known in the upcoming months. Stay tuned for more information.
The exterior design
Likely one of the biggest change on the new 2019 Tundra will be the way it looks. While its official design hasn’t been showcased just yet, it looks like the truck will look nothing like its predecessor. For starters, in the front the new Tundra is expected to offer a more similar grille and headlights design to that of the Tacoma. On top of that, the muscular lines on the Tacoma should be carried over to its larger sibling as well. Over its predecessor, the wheel arches are likely going to get slightly more angular than before which with the help of a newly designed front end should make the Tundra a far better looking vehicle.
If the design is no concern, the current version of the Tundra is a great place to be in. however, it looks dated and some of the features are not really on par with the rest. This will definitely change with the future 2019 Toyota Tundra. For starters, the design of the dashboard is likely going to be quite similar to that on the new Tacoma. Expect a center-mounted infotainment screen and a far slimmer dashboard with less vertical surfaces. On top of that, the steering wheel might be replaced with a three-spoke unit while a fully digital instrument cluster should complete the experience. Some suggested the truck may become smaller but considering the past, this is highly unlikely. In fact there is a good chance for the new Tundra to be able to offer more interior space without any real drawbacks.
Under the hood – 2019 Tundra Specs – No Diesel?!
The 2019 Toyota Tundra is likely going to receive a new transmission. The old 6 speed automatic is great in terms of smoothness but it is not fast or responsive. In its place we should see a new 8 speed automatic which should be better in pretty much every way possible. The old two engines might also be discontinued. Instead of the old 4.6 liter V8 we could see a new V6 as the base offering. This could offer close to 310 horsepower and over 280 lb-ft of torque with ease while being quite a bit more efficient than its older sibling. The range-topping 5.7 liter engine on the other hand might be replaced with a twin-turbocharged V6 even smaller than the base motor. Expect a 3.0 liter twin-turbo unit capable of delivering north of 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque while being with up to 25% more efficient than the older V8.