In some cases, it’s not enough to make some aesthetic changes to keep the certain model fresh. This truck would be a perfect example. Considering that the current generation is on the market for more than a decade, a more attractive look definitely can’t erase the fact that the design is outdated and that there’s no way it can be competitive without bigger changes under the skin. Therefore, the Japanese manufacturer plans to introduce a new version, powered by an oil-burner. It will come as the 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel and should bring a lot of improvements in terms of capabilities, fuel efficiency etc.
Other than a new engine, we probably won’t see many important changes. Expect a new model to arrive in the second half of next year.
2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel Engine
A new diesel engine will be the biggest novelty for the next year by far. The current comes with only gasoline engines in the offer. There are two large V8 units. Both of them are powerful, but also extremely thirsty. Also, the Tundra features the weakest towing capacity in the class. It’s not hard to realize that Toyota is going to kill two birds with one stone. A new diesel engine will definitely provide much higher mpg ratings, as well as better towing capacity, due to much more torque.
Which diesel engine will power Tundra?
There have been a lot of speculations about the engine for 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel. Many reports suggested Toyota’s 4.5-liter unit. However, this unit is outdated and definitely wouldn’t be able to meet strict emission standard in North America. Therefore, a familiar 5.0-liter unit from Cummins seems like a perfect choice. It delivers around 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. It is practically the same engine that can be found in Nissan Titan XD. So, count on similar numbers when it comes to 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel towing capacity. That would be around 12.500 pounds.
Which are the two gasoline alternatives?
Besides a new diesel engine, the 2020 Toyota Tundra will continue with two familiar gasoline engines. The first one is a 4.6-liter V8, which is good for about 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque and it is reserved for base models. If you want to get something more capable, a larger 5.7-liter V8 seems like a great choice. This one features a max output of 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. On the other side, be ready for frequent visits to gas stations, considering that fuel economy goes around 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.
2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel Design
Other than the new engine, next year probably won’t bring more important changes. The 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel will feature the same, quite recognizable design, which dates from 2007, but has been updated for a couple of times. Last time we saw bigger changes was four years ago. It was a major update that included lots of visual modifications, especially at front. Besides aesthetics, this update has also brought a new 8-speed automatic transmission. All in all, don’t count on more important changes before a complete redesign, which should happen in a couple of years.
2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel Interior
Once again, expect no bigger changes. The 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel will also come in two cabin designs, as eighter Double Cab or CrewMax model. In both cases, seating capacity goes from 5 to six passengers, depending on the seating configuration of the first row. Also, count on plenty of space, especially in CrewMax models. This is definitely one of the biggest and most spacious cabins in the class. Besides lots of space, this cabin is also very practical, full of storage compartments. On the other side, styling definitely starts to show age. The dashboard seems a little bit outdated, but just in terms of aesthetics.
On the other side, of standard equipment is pretty amazing. Even the cheapest versions are equipped with all those tech goodies like Bluetooth, USB, 6-speaker audio system, touchscreen interface etc. In higher trims, you can also get things like leather upholstery, heated seats, bigger touchscreen, premium audio system, power-adjustable seats, dual-zone climate control etc.
Another aspect where 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel will be very strong is safety. All Tundra models are equipped with the company’s familiar Safety Sense package, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and pedestrian detection. A rearview camera is also standard in all models. In higher trims, you can also get things like rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, parking sensors etc.
2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel Release Date and Price
Considering the new engine, next year could bring Tundra a little bit earlier than usual. Still, it definitely won’t come before the second half of next year. The base 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel price should go around 35.000 dollars.