There are various sources claiming the 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel is heading into production. There are also many opposing opinions claiming this is not happening. Not only in 2020 but ever. Fans of the full-size truck still believe the Japanese truckmaker will be in this market next season. There are three new good reasons for that. 1 – Ford F-150 Diesel; 2 – Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel; and 3 – Ram 1500 Diesel. So, to stay competitive, Toyota will have to respond to these actions by its rivals.
The good thing for Toyota is that other companies announced their diesel trucks as 2019 YM. But, it is not going to happen. After the scandal caused by fake reports VW handled for its diesel engines, the EPA is controlling these units more strictly. It leaves 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel more time for the perfect setup and the immediate impact when it steps into the market.
Toyota Has an Engine For the Tundra Diesel
Let’s see – all its rivals will use a 3.0-liter displacement. The 1KD-FTV is a 3.0-liter V6 engine. If the Japanese company turbocharges it, the drivetrain could get on pair with rivals delivering 250-280 hp and 420-450 lb-ft of torque. The base setup can provide 170 hp and 300 lb-ft of twist. So, the 1KD-FTW is definitely a favorite to become the engine of the 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel. It is also the cheaper variant than to develop a new one.
The other solution is more reliable 2.8-liter powertrain. However, this one would need a lot of tuning and we are not sure if it can fit the half-ton truck. If this one comes to the US market, it is more likely that Tacoma mid-size pickup will offer it under the hood.
Diesel + TRD Pro
Imagine the situation where Tundra is returning such output with diesel unit and then you upgrade it with a TRD Pro package. A petrol model is almost unstoppable with these features, and with massive torque, the turbodiesel engine can provide, we can’t imagine where would be the boundaries for this model. What makes TRD Pro so strong? First of all, there are Fox shocks for a unique suspension system. Of course, there are also exterior upgrades that make the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro more aggressive and durable as well. For an off-road drive, the truck offers more protection for body parts.
2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel Release Date
According to rumors, the 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel is production-ready. Officially we have nothing on it. We can look at the bright side of this situation – the company is not denying the arrival of the diesel truck. However, some speculations are reporting that Toyota will turn to other sources of power. Tundra Hybrid is now probably more likely to happen. Development of diesel engines is risky since regulations are changing rapidly to cut emissions. Greener drivetrains are the future of the industry, and Toyota is already among leaders in this segment. If they become the first company to launch a hybrid truck, that would be more impressive than to bring a diesel unit.