Toyota is pulling out all the stops in order to reign in the likes of Ford in the truck sector. The Japanese car maker is ushering in the 2018 Toyota Tundra to take on the likes of the Ford F150. Toyota’s compatriot Nissan also has a player in the game in the form of the Titan.
The new Tundra packs more power under the hood in comparison to the previous versions of the truck. Toyota has added a robustness to the truck to ensure that it can ably take on the offroad tasks required of it.
The aesthetics of the truck show that much effort has gone into the making of the new Tundra. The exterior of the truck has various aspects that scream mean machine. The interior, on the other hand, cocoons the driver and passengers in luxury.
Let’s take a look at this Japanese monster ans see what she has to offer.
The engine of the 2018 Toyota Tundra
A truck is mainly known for the power that it wields. The power that will see it clamber up steep inclines without breaking a sweat and the power that it has to tow heavy stuff as needed by the driver.
With all this in mind, the engineers over at Toyota decided to offer two kinds of engines for the Tundra. And it is no wonder that they are both V8, epitomizing the power needed for the heavy tasks ahead.
The junior V8 is a 4.7 liter beast that has the capability of generating 310 horsepower and a torque of 327 pound feet. For the heavier tasks that defeat this engine, Toyota has offered a 5.7 liter monster that easily churns out a horsepower of 381 hp and a torque of 401 pound feet.
Both of these power units work in conjunction with a 6 speed automatic transmission gear box.
The new Tundra’s exterior
The 2018 Toyota Tundra brings life to the phenomenon of rugged beauty. Coming face to face with the truck is not for the fainthearted. The front grille is a chunky affair of bold edges and a unique mesh design.
For the high end trims like the TRD Sport edition, Toyota offers a hood scope to accentuate the sportiness of the truck. The headlights provide a mean character to the already aggressive mien of the new Tundra.
The side view of the Tundra does more with less. It is quite plain save for a few aesthetic curves and lines here and there. This sparseness in detail brings off a clean look that fits right in the wild. A look of a cold calculating monster.
The rear is taken up by the sizeable bed that is capable of towing a large consignment of stuff. The tailgate has TUNDRA embossed across on corner adding some character to a fairly ordinary end.
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Inside the cabin
When one climbs into the interior of the 2018 Toyota Tundra, they can mistake it for the previous model. Toyota has not done much aesthetically noticeable thing to the cabin of the truck.
That is not to say that it is bad. The interior of the truck still stands up to scratch. Most of the interior color code is shades of black. There are a few chrome inserts here and there like on the steering wheel that offset the dark interior to give a minimalist and elegant effect.
The infotainment system has been upgraded and so has the navigation app. There is a sizeable screen where both of these can be interfaced with. The low end trims have a 6.1 inch screen whereas the higher end versions come with a 7 inch screen from Entune.
Toyota also adds a sound system from JBL that is sure to keep all the passengers entertained on the trip. The 5 seater cabin is spacious enough for comfort. The seats though are not the soft kind into which you sink for that extra comfort.
- Wheelbase: not yet known
- Length: not yet known
- Width: not yet known
- Max Speed: unknown
- 0-60 mph: unknown
- Passenger volume: 5 passengers
- Storage volume: 2080 pounds
- Curb weight: unknown
- MPG (miles per gallon) for both city and highway: 13 mpg city | 19 mpg highway
- Available exterior colors: not yet known
- Towing capacity: 10500 pounds
Price and Release Date
TRUCKS.COM reports that Toyota is set to have these out on sale in the summer of 2017. According to AutoGuide, the price of the 2018 Toyota Tundra was not discussed when unleashed at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.