Despite the company claims new generation is a priority, the aging truck is still running and it will for at least one or two years. Still, this doesn’t mean that we won’t see novelties for the next year. The company will refresh the model with new engine and version called 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel. Basically, the truck will remain unchanged, if we exclude powertrain. Under the hood, we should see a familiar Cummins engine, which will make this truck more capable and more attractive to a wider range of potential buyers. The new 2019 Tundra Diesel is expected to hit the market by the end of the year.
2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel gets a new Cummins engine
When we talking about 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel specs, a new engine is the most important novelty. Besides better 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel towing capacity, this will bring benefits in other aspects as well. Basically, we should see something similar to diesel version of Nissan Titan. It will feature the same engine, which is good for about 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. Such amount of power and torque promises significant improvement compared to the current gasoline model.
Besides the new diesel engine, rest of the truck should remain completely the same. The base engine will be a familiar 4.6-liter V8 engine that delivers around 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque. An optional 5.7-liter V8 unit with around 385 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Both engines will deliver their power via a 6-speed automatic transmission.
How much will be Toyota Tundra Diesel towing capacity?
In terms of capabilities, the new version will be much better than the current gasoline model. Considering that the new version will feature the same diesel engine as Nissan Titan, we could expect similar numbers in towing. The rival truck can tow up to 12.600 pounds and we can expect something similar when it comes to 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel towing capacity.
2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel design characteristics
While the powertrain will be completely new, rest of the truck should continue in the same way. We are about to see a familiar styling, as well as same interior design. We are sure that there won’t be bigger surprises, though we could see a little bit different equipment organization.
When it comes to trim levels, it is still unclear will the 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel come as special trim or version, or this engine will be in offer across all or some of the trim levels. The second scenario seems more likely. In that case, we will probably see four trims in the offer. The base SR model is a classic workhorse, with standard features like 6.1-inch touchscreen interface, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, 18-inch steel wheels, rearview camera, heated mirrors etc. The SR5 includes all above and adds things like 7-inch touchscreen, foglights, traffic information and a navigation app etc.
A mid-range Limited seems like the best value for the money. It adds plenty of standard equipment, which includes things like 20-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, movable tie-down cleats, automatic dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, power-adjustable seats and much more.
Finally, there is a top-range Platinum trim. This comfort-oriented model adds things like LED daytime running lights, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, a sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, driver-seat memory functions and a 12-speaker audio system etc.
When is Toyota Tundra Diesel coming?
Speaking of 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel release date, we expect a new version to come along with base gasoline models, sometime late in the year.
2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel price and competition
It is still hard to predict the exact 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel price, though you could expect few thousands more for each trim level, compared to gasoline models. The key competitor will be Nissan Titan XD, though we could include models like Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, Ram 1500 etc.