Rumor has it that the 2018 Toyota Tundra is slated to add a diesel powertrain option for the first time ever. The oil-burning engine under its hood has been anticipated for quite a while now, especially since the Ram 1500 introduced the segment-first EcoDiesel V6. Although diesel-powered pickup trucks used to be unimaginable on the U.S. market until recently, the economic crisis and gasoline prices forced the large automakers to start developing more frugal models. So, Toyota is expected to be the next big name in the automotive industry to launch a vehicle with the mighty Cummins diesel engine under its hood.
2018 Toyota Tundra Engine Department
Thus far, the Tundra has been offered with a choice of two gasoline-powered V8 engines. Lower-trim models get a 4.7-liter V8 that generates 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque. The more powerful option comes as the 5.7-liter V8 which cranks out out 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque, capable of running on both gasoline and E85. Both engines come paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Now, the 2018 Toyota Tundra’s engine lineup will be joined by a 5.0-liter Cummins turbo-diesel that’s currently used by the Nissan Titan. It generates 300 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of twist in the Titan pickup, and it’s expected to deliver similar output figures under the Tundra’s hood as well. When it comes to torque numbers, the Cummins diesel will most likely outdo even Ram’s EcoDiesel V6.
2018 Toyota Tundra Styling and Features
As far as the exterior design is concerned, the 2018 Toyota Tundra will bring only minor alterations. The front bumper and grille will be slightly reshaped, with the light clusters getting a subtle revision. The famous truck will once again be offered in three cab configurations and three bed lengths. While the Regular Cab and Double Cab variants will be available with both standard and long beds, the CrewMax will come with the short bed only. The upcoming Tundra Diesel will be able to carry between three and six passengers, depending on the version. Even the entry-level SR trim will offer a 6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system, whereas the range-topping models come equipped with luxurious brown leather upholstery and wood trim.
2018 Toyota Tundra Release Date
No official statements on the release date have surfaced so far but we expect the 2018 Toyota Tundra to hit the North American dealerships in mid-2017.