2023 Toyota Tundra Diesel: Rumor or Something More?


After years of waiting, the new generation of Toyota’s pickup is here. The new model brings significant improvements in every aspect, which is no wonder, considering that the previous generation was in production for 14 years. The new model looks way better and offers better performance, both in terms of engine power and fuel economy. The old V8 has been replaced with a new twin-turbo V6, while there is also a very capable hybrid version. The ride quality is better, as well as the max towing capacity. However, that doesn’t mean that the Japanese manufacturer will stop on this. We can also hear rumors about the 2023 Toyota Tundra Diesel, which would bring a lot of interesting things to the table.

We didn’t use to see Tundra with a diesel engine and after the introduction of the new hybrid version, such a scenario sounds even more unlikely. However, keep in mind that the Japanese manufacturer has developed a completely new diesel engine for the new Land Cruiser 300, as well as the fact that these two vehicles ride on the same platform. Finally, consider that the rivals like Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500 also have diesel versions on the offer, which is a clear indicator that such a version would definitely be a smart move by Toyota.

2023 Toyota Tundra Diesel

2023 Toyota Tundra Diesel Engine

If the new 2023 Toyota Tundra Diesel, we have no doubt it would use the company’s new turbodiesel, which replaced the good old 4.5-liter V8 oil-burner. The new engine is a 3.3-liter V6, which features a max output of 304 horsepower and a pretty impressive 516 pound-feet of torque, which is more power and torque compared to rivals. For comparison, the Silverado’s 3.0-liter inline-six puts out 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, while the Ram 1500’s V6 is good for 260 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.

This “additional” power would certainly be beneficial and we presume that the 2023 Toyota Tundra Diesel would offer superior performance. Of course, the new engine would come in pair with a new 10-speed automatic transmission and we expect pretty strong numbers in terms of max towing and payload capacity.

2023 Toyota Tundra Diesel Design

Design-wise, the 2023 Toyota Tundra Diesel wouldn’t be any different than the gasoline version. The new TNGA-F platform already accommodates this engine in the new Land Cruiser 300, so there is no need for any specific modifications. So, the overall layout would remain the same, though the diesel version would be slightly heavier than gasoline models. On the other hand, the rest of the mechanics would remain the same, just like the aesthetics.

The same thing refers to the interior design, which now looks way better than before, with nicer aesthetics, fancier materials and more tech features.

2023 Toyota Tundra Diesel Interior

Trim Levels

We presume that the 2023 Toyota Tundra Diesel if it’s about to come, would be offered across the whole range. So, the offer would start with the Tundra SR, which already comes with a pretty long list of standard equipment. It comes with automatic climate control, push-button start, an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, as well as with safety features like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane tracing assist, and traffic sign recognition.

The SR5 adds the CrewMax cab style and unlocks a couple of optional packages. The Limited Trim adds synthetic leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats that are heated and ventilated, a heated steering wheel, a tailgate release bump switch, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a 14-inch touchscreen etc.

The Platinum and 1794 Edition are the most luxurious versions that feature the same features list. It includes leather upholstery, heated and ventilated rear seats, a panoramic moonroof, an in-bed power outlet, in-bed lighting, a surround-view parking camera system, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 12-speaker JBL audio system, and wireless device charging. The only difference between these two is in terms of aesthetics, as the 1794 Edition comes with some exclusive styling details.

2023 Toyota Tundra Diesel Rumors

TRD Pro With Diesel Engine?

At this point, we are not sure if the diesel version would be offered in the TRD Pro version. In our opinion, this makes sense, as the generous amount of torque would definitely have an impact on off-road performance, even though the new turbo V6 isn’t much weaker in this aspect (479 lb-ft), while the hybrid is way better (583 pound-feet).

In any case, this version comes with a full set of off-road upgrades, such as TRD Pro off-road suspension, Fox shocks, high-strength fuel tank and transfer case covers, Multi-Terrain Monitor, crawl control, and a locking rear differential.

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