2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel: Release Date, Specs and Price


In these days, we can hear a lot of stories about Toyota’s flagship truck. Fans of the world’s most popular car brand are waiting for a pretty long time to see some changes on the model that is present on the market for more than a decade. Speculations about a redesign have been circulating around for years and the latest reports suggest it won’t come in upcoming years either.

The whole process of SUV/truck lineup refreshment is going pretty slow, we would say. Still, the company will have to offer something new, very interesting, that will make this huge truck more competitive, considering much younger rivals. We are about to see an all-new 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel. This model has been available with gasoline engines so far, so this will take it to a completely new level. This version will be far more capable, but also more economical. Definitely, a truck that could attract a pretty wide range of potential customers.

2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel

2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel Design

Speaking of base design characteristics, there won’t be too many novelties on the 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel. It will ride on the same platform, the same one that the company has been using for more than a decade, on models like Sequoia, Land Cruiser, Lexus LX etc. Still, there are few modifications to come on this particular version. According to our reliable source, Toyota will go for something similar that we saw on Nissan Titan XD. This would mean few chassis strengthening, which will provide an additional dose of rigidity, so important for towing and heavy loads. Other than that, we should see no other changes in terms of mechanics. Same goes for the styling and interior design.

2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel side view

2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel Styling

Like we just mentioned, the 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel will feature no distinctive details. We expect to see pretty much identical look to standard gasoline versions. This would mean the styling that has been around for several years. Although the current generation is on the market for more than a decade, there was a mid-cycle update about five years ago, which has brought several interesting changes, mostly in terms of styling. Most of the sheet metal has been replaced, pretty much everything except doors and cab. So, you can presume how big this update was. It wasn’t just about new details at the front. We saw even a new bed design, with a new shape and more attractive lines. This refers to tailgate as well. All in all, this look should carry on to the new 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel, with only a few possible details that could accentuate the truck’s oil-burning character.

2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel rear view

2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel Interior

This is another aspect where 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel specs won’t be much different compared to gasoline versions. We have no doubt that the new version will be available in both single and two-row cab designs. In terms of cab layout, we are about to see a familiar dashboard design. Still, consider that the current version comes with several trim levels in the offer, which involve not just different lists of standard equipment, but different styling approaches as well.

In this case, we expect 2019 Tundra Diesel to be closer to higher trims. Still, we can’t say for sure is a diesel engine going to be offered in a specific trim, or we are about to see it in different variants. In any case, expect a quite decent list of standard equipment. Some of the notable tech features would be things like 7-inch touchscreen interface, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, voice controls etc.

2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel Safety

The current gasoline models are pretty strong in this aspect, so we have no doubt that the 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel will come in the same way. It will feature more active safety systems than most competitors. Some of the highlights are adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, rearview camera, and pedestrian detection. If you want more than that, go for optional blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert. Sounds pretty amazing for a decade-old model.

2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel front view

2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel Engine

Current Tundra models feature lower towing capacity compared to other models in the class. That’s, without a doubt, the main reason why we are going to see a new 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel. According to the latest reports, we are about to see a familiar oil-burner from Cummins. It is the same unit that powers Nissan Titan XD. It features 5.0 liters in displacement, while a max power goes around 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. Transmission is a 6-speed automatic. With such numbers, we can expect more than 12.500 pounds of towing capacity, which is on par with class-leaders like Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado. Also, count on better mpg ratings compared to gasoline versions.

2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel engine

Speaking of gasoline versions, the two familiar V8 units should carry on without bigger changes. Base models will feature a smaller 4.6-liter unit, which is good for about 310 horsepower.

A bigger 5.6-liter V8 offers far more power, around 385 horses. However, fuel economy is definitely the weakest point. Neither of these two engines can return a decent number of miles per gallon, according to today’s standards in the automotive industry.

2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel Competition

Competitors in this class are pretty much well-known. There is the famous U.S. trio of F-150, Silverado and Ram 1500, as well as Nissan Titan. In this particular case, the 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel will compete mostly with Nissan Titan XD, which comes with the same engine and probably very similar towing ratings. Other than this model, there is a new diesel version of F-150 to come, which looks like it will have a lot of interesting things to offer.

2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel Release Date and Price

According to the latest reports, the 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel should come by the end of the year. However, we are still waiting for the official confirmation, so take this with a dose of a reserve.

When it comes to the price, we estimate that the base 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel will go somewhere between 38.000 and 40.000 dollars, while fully loaded versions will cost significantly more.

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