It is hard to compete with US truckmakers, but one of the trucks that manage to do it well is Toyota Tundra. This pickup is still not a threat to Ram 1500 or Chevy Silverado full-size trucks, but it steals the portion of the market every year. Ford F-150 is a league for itself with almost 1 million units sold per annum. The Japanese truck is keeping the level above 100,000 units. But, the stagnation might be caused by the lack of changes. For a while, fans are expecting a diesel unit. This will definitely happen with 2020 Toyota Tundra since the company called it off in last moments for the 2019 year model.
The redesign of the 2020 Toyota Tundra is a more likely option than the new generation. Other full-size trucks are offering new series in 2019 and it can make 2020 Tundra less interesting. But, after the redesign, expected changes will make the truck competitive again. Some say that the hybrid model could be part of the redesign, but we seriously doubt in this story. Give us Tundra Diesel first.
What is more likely to happen is a revisit of the TRD Pro package. Available spy shots are not unveiling too much. But, the main thing these are showing something new is being tested for sure. Is it diesel, hybrid, or the new 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro model, we will find out during 2019. There is still enough time ahead of the release date and premiere.
2020 Toyota Tundra Release Date
We can expect to see the new 2020 Toyota Tundra already in Detroit. However, January is coming too fast, and the Japanese company is not going to unveil the production version of this truck. Some updates, such as TRD Pro accessories will be shown. But, diesel engine details fans can’t expect. Surely, we can get an official statement about the diesel unit. Last year, the officials weren’t clear. While all enthusiasts expected it to appear in 2019, the production hit the delay. Now, with main rivals offering diesel engines for next season, Tundra can’t miss 2020 without the same option.
High Expectations – 2020 Toyota Tundra Redesign
Although there were a lot of updates, Tundra is an old truck. Its current generation is over 10 years old. In modern time, where some models are getting refreshes every couple of years, this is not how you draw fans’ interest. Well, the truck had a major facelift in 2014 and Toyota added a TRD Pro off-road set in 2015. But, these updates are not enough. So, the 2020 Toyota Tundra redesign will completely change the appearance of this vehicle.
Front fascia could get a big Toyota badge instead of the company’s logo. Rivals are using a similar design, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the 2020 Toyota Tundra do the same. But, that is not all. Nose, headlights, bumper, and the entire design of the grille will be changed. A new set of wheels will refresh the profile, with new doors and side skirts. Tailgate and bed updates will improve functionality and access to the rear compartment.
CrewMax and Other Configurations
Depending on trim level, you can choose cab and bed configurations on your 2020 Toyota Tundra/ The company will keep current options, including Double and CrewCab layouts. Both of these can take up to five passengers. However, 2020 Tundra CrewCab is not going to offer a long box for more items. It comes with standard and short bed. Double cab lacks rear doors, but it can be configured with all three bed sizes.
2020 Toyota Tundra Specs
Until everything else becomes official, we can count that 2020 Toyota Tundra will use a 5.7-liter V8 petrol drivetrain. This is the toughest engine in the family. Besides the full-size truck, a premium off-road SUV Land Cruiser will get the same unit. It is capable to produce 380 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. At the same time, this powertrain is supporting great off-road capabilities of the truck. The company boasts it even further with new updates for the TRD Pro version.
2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel
Everyone expected 2019 Tundra with such drivetrain. But, we don’t know what was the cause, but the model was delayed. The company didn’t say when, but they must not miss the following season.
There are a lot of D-4D diesel engines under the hood of Toyota’s vehicles, but none of them are meeting emission requirements. We saw a DOHC V8 diesel rig in the past as a part of Tundra’s lineup, but it needs a lot of upgrades before stepping into US soil. Its output of 200 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque is 50 hp and 130 lb-ft short of Ford F-150 Diesel output. So, Toyota will need a more serious engine to compete with new diesel full-size trucks.
Facts about the 2020 Toyota Tundra don’t exist. All we can hear are rumors based on existing Highlander SUV and upcoming Ford F-150 Hybrid. Well, other companies are also considering or already slowly developing their hybrid trucks (read more about RAM 1500 Hybrid). Toyota will have a kick start with Highlander hybrid. However, its engine can’t meet specs we expect from a full-size truck. The existing 3.5-liter units with an electric motor is more suitable for compact Tacoma truck. Well, the Japanese carmaker is considering to invest in such technology rather than in diesel. To sum it up, the possibility for 2020 Toyota Tundra Hybrid to happen are very tiny.
2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro New Features
What does an off-road beat need? Suspensions, lift kit, brakes, shock absorbers. The current version of the Tundra TRD Pro adds Fox shocks with 2 extra inches f lift and 1.5 inches for wheel travel. Of course, all-terrain wheels are there to improve the performance in toughest situations. Interior and exterior details will help you don’t miss which version of Tundra is on street. Or off the road. Leather seats, floor mats with badging, and headrest TRD logos are interior highlights. Outside, center caps are wearing the same badging. If you still can’t recognize 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro model, look at the different LED lights, sunroof, or hood scoop. Few more details will be recognized by fans who drive Tundra for many years.