While most people expected Toyota to shift their focus towards full-size Tundra, they have done just the opposite, redesigned Tacoma. Frankly, both options would have been good choices. Thing is that full-sizer is going to have to wait and that 2017 Toyota Tundra will be a new model.
2017 Tundra Engine and Performance
Tundra currently features couple of strong petrol engines which, while capable of doing what full-size pickup is supposed to do, still consume way too much fuel. Smaller 4.6L V-8 makes 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque, while stronger 5.7L V-8 generates 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. Both are offered with 6-speed automatic gearbox and, both with rear and all-wheel drive configurations. Whether they will continue to be offered when 2017 Toyota Tundra hits the streets, remains to be seen. Our bet, however, would be that they won’t as turbo six would have been a better choice as a base engine. What is certain, however, is that Tundra’s next generation will feature Cummins diesel powertrain. 5.0L turbo diesel V-8 mill should deliver more than 300 hp and more than 500 lb-ft of torque which is supposed to both maximize the towing capabilities, and minimize the fuel consumption.
Speaking about Tundra’s design; it is still unclear at this early stage. If smaller Tacoma is any indicator, 2017 Toyota Tundra will largely carry over with the same intimidating grille layout, but should receive new headlamps, fenders, hood, bumpers, and pretty much everything else when it comes to peripherals. On the other hand, overall layout is likely going to remain unchanged.
Toyota Tundra 2017 Interior Features
New Tacoma now features Tundra’s dashboard. Is it safe to assume that new Tundra will incorporate old Tacoma’s layout? Highly unlikely. Instead, 2017 Toyota Tundra will move on. It should benefit from new sets of materials which include highly refined leather seats and dash covers in top grades. Everyone’s favorite has to be 1794 edition with its retro wild west theme and meticulous details.
All available models should continue to offer 6.1-inch touch screen display, but top grades will add navigation, HD radio and Bluetooth streaming capabilities, together with larger, 7-inch display. One should expect 4G LTE internet connectivity as well since GM’s models offer them in compact segment, no less. Finally, safety is also supposed to be upgraded thanks to new advanced options like blind spot monitors, cross-traffic alerts and few other active safety systems.
2017 Toyota Tundra Price and Release Date
Fuel economy ratings are the main reason why Tundra has to adopt new engines. 15/19 mpg with smaller engine and 13/18 mpg with larger are just tedious. Not to mention that these are rear-wheel drive figures whereas all-wheel drive damages them further. Cummins diesel should be able to lift these figures across the 20-mark, and so should turbo six petrol option. Prices are likely to remain in the same region between $28,000 and $48,000.
2017 Toyota Tundra will certainly be a better option than current, and pretty much all other models have been in these last 10 years or so. Cummins turbo diesel engine is just what it needs, but that won’t be enough. In order to compete with the “big three”, it will need a lot more than that.
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2017 Toyota Tundra
MSRP: From $28,000
MPG: Up to 15 city, 19 highway
Towing capacity: 6,400 to 10,500 lbs
Horsepower: 310 to 381 HP
Payload: 1,430 to 2,060 lbs