Full-size pickup segment is followed by purchase demand so high in the US, that even cases of obvious neglect of offered products manage to get away with it. Tundra is eleven years old product, but in the last five years, it constantly floats above 100k of units sold annually. Sure, those figures are silly compared to American made big rigs, but they are good “per se”, making whole deal lucrative for Japanese. Now, giving the fact that proper replacement is a couple of years away and that upcoming 2019 Toyota Tundra probably slots under nip and tuck, is that going to be enough?
2019 TOYOTA TUNDRA EXTERIOR
Last time when Tundra was seriously visually revised was almost five years ago. Fortunately for it, design touches intended to depict brutish and macho stance very slowly evolve through time, preventing exposure of wrinkles. That would be mostly due to the imposing fascia, which is completely dominated by an enormous grille, and it seems to still work for it, at least looking better than relatively fresh Titan.
Upcoming refresh will, according to spy shots, probably bring updated headlights with full LED treatment and new versions of grilles. Hood is also covered on test mule, but we are not sure whether to expect changes in that area. At the end, approaching facelift will presumably be of the same magnitude as the one that just swept through Sequoia lineup. In other words, not that big of a deal.
DON’T GET EXCITED ABOUT THE CABIN
Yes, that’s right. As Tundra just received new instrument cluster with the 4.2-inch display, we predict that impending revisions will bring nothing on the field of important novelties for the cabin. That said, it’s not that it couldn’t benefit from some. Interior looks dated, because it is, and used plastic is cheap and poorly fitted together.
Tundra also lacks certain equipment features that rivals do offer, some contemporary ones as wireless charging, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, some that were considered as common years ago, like the heated steering wheel. On the plus side, Tundra has the largest volume for stuffing goods at the back with rear seats folded, and its bed offering from 55 to 81 cu ft (depending on bed length) lead the segment’s charts.
2019 TOYOTA TUNDRA SPECS
Big changes are expected for Tundra in upcoming years, but none will probably arrive with this refresh. You can almost be certain that hybrid version will wait for next generation, while the arrival of 10-speed automatic might happen, but honestly, we are not so sure whether Japanese are planning to do so. That means that sluggish and reluctant in shifting 6-speed transmission presumably remains, paired with expectedly the same naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8 with 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque and 5.7-liter V8 rated at 381-hp and 401 lb-ft.
Stronger V8 reaches 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, which could be deemed as fine since it comes as the same as V8 Titan, while V8 powered Ram is slower. Still, the fuel efficiency of 15 mpg combined for the mentioned mill is dead last in the segment and Ford’s twin-turbo V6 is by whole 3 mpg less thirsty. Pickup truck’s most important figures will hardly be the object of change before brand new generation arrives, which is unfortunate as they are inferior. Maximum tow rating of 10,500 pounds beats only Titan’s, while maximum payload of 2,080 pounds fares just a bit better sitting above Ram’s and again Titan’s.
|2019 Toyota Tundra|
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Base curb weight||5100 lb|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Power/torque||400 hp/430 lb-ft|
|0-60 mph||6.4 sec.|
|Top speed||108 mph|
|PRICE RANGE: $31,500
|Competitors:Ford F-150,Chevrolet Silverado|
2019 TOYOTA TUNDRA RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
2019 Toyota Tundra is not going to mitigate big issues that plague current model with simple nip and tuck for head lights and grille. The only thing that could draw you to it is available space, famous brand reliability, Safety Sense-P package coming at no cost and we would like to say TRD Pro version but Japanese euthanized that one. The regular cab is no longer on offer which means that price lists start at $31k with extended cab (SR model), while least expensive crew cab starts at $40k with the Limited model. Top of the line “special” 1794 edition demands $47k, which at least undercuts other “special” King Ranch, High Country, and Laramie Longhorn trims offered by rivals. We don’t expect significant price change for 2019 model, which will probably arrive next year, as much as we don’t expect from it to gather the meaningful amount of attention when it lands on dealer’s lots.
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Written by Djordje (George) Mijatov ([email protected])