The current generation of Toyota’s full-size truck, Tundra, dates back from 2007. Back then, the Japanese company launched the second series of the pickup. It is still competitive, thanks to numerous upgrades by every update. On the other hand, the model is still far away from leading US manufacturers and their full-size pickup trucks. Things could change after 2020 Toyota Tundra hits the showrooms. First spy shots are promising big changes that will probably lead to new generation.
Well, the 2020 Toyota Tundra will keep its size, but the styling will be more aggressive. The Japanese truckmaker had to make this move since its competition did it already for the 2019 season. Besides that, the 2020 Tundra diesel could be finally unveiled. We are expecting this engine for last couple of years. Now, again affected by competition’s moves, Toyota needs to response.
All in all, updates for the 2020 Toyota Tundra are a bit late. But it is better to see them ever than never. Tundra will be competitive again, thanks to the latest updates to infotainment and safety systems. TRD Pro package is still making this truck the best off-road model in the segment.
2020 Toyota Tundra Specs
There won’t be changes under the hood for the 2020 Toyota Tundra, regarding the petrol options. A pair of V8 gasoline engines is there again. The less potent version is a 4.6-l drivetrain. It produces 310 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission transfers energy to 4×2 or 4×4 drive system. This displacement is available as the base unit for lower trim levels.
The optional engine is 5.7-liter V8. For high-end models it is standard and the powertrain delivers 380 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. The same transmission is a power router for 5.7 model. Properly equipped, towing capacity exceeds 10,000 pounds. Well, this is a thirsty rig, since it consumes 13/18 mpg for 2WD and 13/17 with 4WD. A smaller displacement returns 17 or 16 mpg, depending on drive mode.
2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel
We can expect significant upgrades, both for fuel economy and towing capacity, with 2020 Toyota Tundra diesel. Whatsoever, being rumors for a quite while doesn’t mean this truck is official. But now, stories are louder and more confident than ever. Now, we can even speak of possibilities for the drivetrain. According to most reliable sources, that could be a 1KD-FTV engine.
A diesel motor needs tuning. First of all, engineers must cut emissions of this engine. Then, the power upgrade is next. It could be solved with a turbocharger. Similar units are coming for Ram 1500 diesel, Ford F-150 Diesel, and Chevy Silverado Diesel. Toyota will develop their own unit to offer something new to fans of their truck. They won’t lack power, torque, or towing capacity since 2020 Tundra Diesel is going to match and even beat capabilities of its rivals.
2020 Toyota Tundra Spy Photos Unveil Cosmetic Changes
Changes under the bonnet are not all about the 2020 Toyota Tundra. The vehicle will start the new generation. It will also bring a lot of cosmetic changes. After a redesign, the pickup will be modern and more appealing to the younger population. Toyota will use some premium touches we can find on the latest Lexus models. Also, buyers can choose various packages of equipment through trim levels.
We can’t see too much on spy photos thanks to the camouflage. However, enthusiasts can recognize new shapes of the hood and roof. Dimensions of the 2020 Toyota Tundra are the same or very similar to the outgoing series. By using more lightweight materials for body structure, the new truck will gain more agility over weight loss. The interior of test mule is still without many parts, so we can’t speak of the final look. Is Toyota keeping it safe from eyes of enthusiasts, or the cabin is not ready yet, remains a mystery.
2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
Regarding the upgrades, the most interesting are changes announced for the TRD Pro package. This is definitely top trim level. Off-road capability receives a great boost by adding suspension and shock for toughest terrains. Of course, there are wheels and tires for various conditions as well.
The new 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro will make a few changes for a smoother and more reliable ride. We can expect interior and exterior modifications. Everything is still a top secret, but the Japanese company is preparing big surprises, as always.
2020 Toyota Tundra Release Date and Price
We will know more about the pricing and changes when the truck officially shows up. Fans could expect the first preview at NAIAS 2019 in Detroit. But, the final version of the 2020 Toyota Tundra and the TRD Pro model will definitely arrive a few months later. We won’t see the truck until the last quarter of 2019.