Toyota Tundra is another half-ton pickup truck one can get in this highly competitive segment where Detroit trio dominates. Tundra is the oldest design in the class with the chassis and some elements having the roots in the previous decade. The model has, however, standard active safety equipment and strong V-8 engines. The recently returned Tundra TRD Pro is also truck’s strong side.
2020 Toyota Tundra won’t also change much as the recent reports indicate. Most of the range should remain the same with some changes in the equipment organization. TRD Pro version should, however, add the Double Cab version. The off-road-ready Tundra should also get additional standard equipment.
On the other hand, it’s not the secret that the new-generation is in development. The new Tundra was caught in the prototype form which doesn’t reveal much. There are reports that Toyota is working on the new platform that should underpin smaller trucks including the Hilux model sold outside the US. Toyota should also bring hybrid powertrain with the next generation Tundra.
2020 Toyota Tundra: Design
2020 Toyota Tundra will remain easily recognizable from the long distance thanks to the unique front-end design. The model will continue to the new model year with the same large grille which will appear in different forms depending on the trim version. There will also be the same design of the headlights and taillights on the next version.
Reports indicate, however, that the Tundra TRD Pro could get some visual upgrades. The model will appear with body-color bumpers, scooped hood, lifted suspension, unique wheels bust should also get refreshed lights and Double Cab body style.
The next-generation Tundra should, however, switch to the new platform which is in development and should be ready for the 2021 model year. The new platform called F1 should be the base of the redesigned Tacoma but could also be used by the Toyota Hilux.
The styling of the new, fourth-generation Tundra should change but not radically judging by the spy photos. The model should come with the restyled grille, bumpers and lights but the body sculpting doesn’t seem much different. We will see would there be changes in the model’s dimensions for the new generation version.
The interior of the next Toyota Tundra will stay familiar form. All Tundras have a comfortable and functional cabin but fall behind rivals in the level of sophistication.
There should, however, be some changes in the equipment organization and addition of the upgraded infotainment system. The truck will appear with the 8-inch display option with the smartphone compatibility features. The system will support Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa. The TRD Pro version will also get keyless entry and ignition as standard equipment.
The next Toyota Tundra will again come with the standard package of active safety systems. The truck will exploit adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, etc.
2020 Toyota Tundra: Powertrains
2020 Toyota Tundra will return with the same engine options as the latest reports suggest.
The truck will use a 4.6-liter V-8 unit and six-speed automatic transmission as the base setup. This engine can deliver 310 hp and torque of 327 pound-feet. Buyers can upgrade to the 5.7-liter V-8 mixed again with the 6-speed automatic gearbox. This engine will provide 381 hp and torque of 401 pound-feet.
The truck will come with both two- and four-wheel drive. The TRD off-road package will add specially tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, skid plates, tow hooks and more to provide better off-road capability. The TRD Pro will upgrade the off-road ability with larger Fox shocks, suspension lift, lighter wheels, etc.
As for the next generation Tundra, reports suggest it could bring the hybrid powertrain and diesel unit is also mentioned as possible. The hybrid setup could be the combination of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 and electric system with the total output around 450 hp. The similar system is used in the Lexus LS 500h.
2020 Toyota Tundra: Release, Price
2020 Tundra will reach the market later in the year. The price range should again start in the vicinity of $33,000. The fourth generation Tundra should appear late in 2020.