Toyota has decided to introduce great changes in the full-size pickup truck segment. New 2019 Toyota Tundra will be the first model of the Tundra’s third generation. There are several reasons for redesigning this model.
The first reason is the fact that Toyota Tundra is one of the models that didn’t get changes, except facelift for more than 12 years.
More important thing is that Toyota Tundra in 2016 saw a decline in sales. In 2015, were sold 118,880 vehicles, while in 2016 were sold 115,489 pieces. At first glance, it’s not a big drop (just under 3%), but it indicates that the market requires changes. As we speculate, the new model will have new trim levels, improvements in the cabin interface and significant engine improvements.
First we’ll deal with the engine, because the changes will be greatest.
2019 Toyota Tundra engine
Currently, for the 2018 Tundra, two engine models are available. The first option is a powerful 4.6-liter V8 engine with a power of 310hp. It’s great offroad and on many other occasions. The second engine is a 5.7 liter V8 engine with a power of 381hp. The current maximum towing capacity of Toyota Tundra is 10500 pounds. Current maximum payload of Tundra is 2060 pounds. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph 2018 Tundra reaches in less than 6.4 seconds.
Since there are no announcements from Toyota, we can assume in what direction future development will go. There are two options: upgrading the existing two engine models or taking a brand new engine that is used for other models. Of course, a combination of these two options is always possible.
2019 Toyota Tundra and D4-S port system
So, Toyota will most likely apply the D4-S port system to the Tundra engines. This technology has been developed for more than 10 years and has been applied to various Lexus models (Lexus GS 350, Lexus IS, Lexus RC). From Toyota pickup trucks, D4-S was first applied on 2016 Toyota Tacoma. This system has a self-cleaning function that cleans the engine and this process can last from 10 seconds to several minutes. The improvements introduced by the D4-S at Toyota are numerous. That’s why we can take advantage of the experiences gained on this mid-range model to predict the future of Tundra.
First think, D4-S has increased engine power Tacoma. The engine power of 2015 Tacoma was 236hp, while after the introduction of the second generation of the D4-S system it was 278 hp. If we use this analogy on Tundra, its strongest engine of the 5.7 liter V8 should have a power of at least 410 hp. This would outperform Ford F-150, one of the biggest competitors.
Another, very important thing is that fuel consumption will be improved. In the case of Tacoma for 3 mpg (from the former 21 mpg to the current 24 mpg on the highway). If this improvement is applied to the 2019 Tundra, it will mean that the new Tundra will have an increase in mpg on the highway from the former 17 to 20 mpg. Of course, this increase will depend largely on the use of new, lightweight materials in the construction of this fullsize pick-up truck.
Of course, the biggest benefit will be reduced emissions of harmful gases. Another idea in design is likely to be applied. Thats the positioning of the catalytic converter near the engine. In this way, thieves will have a difficult job. Namely, in the USA, the trend of the increase in the number of catalytic converter theft is observed. The fact that pick-up trucks have quite high floor make the job easier to the thieves. It does not take much effort, only a good reciprocating saw to cut off the converter. There are numerous precious and expensive metals inside the catalytic converter. Platinum is the most famous and most expensive of them. Thieves will easely get several hundred dollars for precious metals.
As for towing capacity, Tundra is expected to try to compete with Chevrolet Silverado, which currently has 12500 pounds of towing.
Toyota Tundra 2019 Exterior
The assumption is that there will be many changes in the outer appearance. Since 2007 and the last redesign, many years have passed. The first thing that will almost certainly be changed is the size of the wheels. The assumption is that Tundra will have 20 inch wheels in the future, just like Chevrolet Silverado or Ford F-150. A much larger and restylated grill is expected. Most lighter materials will be used in the body construction. This will reduce the mass of the vehicle and gain at the maximum speed which vehicle achieves. Also, LED daylights should be redesigned, they will probably get a bumpy look. Of course, the new model will also feature fog lights, as well as some more powerful bumpers, which will be set up a bit more higher than before.
Toyota Tundra 2019 interior
The interior should suffer numerous changes. We think that the changes are most needed on various connectors and software. First, the display should be larger and easier to use. Second, the entertainment system must be compatible with Apple and Android devices. For such a large vehicle, more USB ports will certainly be offered. The best layout would be 2 USB ports forward on dashboard and two backwards. Also, at least one 110-volt power outlet would be desirable.
Regarding the seats, there will probably be no major changes. The existing Tundra offers plenty of room for all travelers. Eventually, there may be new materials for the seats. Tundra is certainly a very comfortable pickup, so it will only continue in that direction.
2019 Toyota Tundra price
The new, more powerful engine and new cab functionality will definitely increase the price. So far, the Tundra was better than the competition, but is expected to do so and continue. We do not expect the 2019 Tundra SR5 Double Cab will cost more than $ 32,000. So far, the richiest packet of Toyota Tundra has reached about 51,000 dollars. We expect the 2019 Tundra with the best equipment package will be lower than $ 54,000.