We can’t help but wonder what Toyota has up its sleeve concerning the new 2019 Toyota Tundra. See, the model has been in the market for the past eleven years surviving only on subtle updates that have helped keep it refreshed in a segment awash with blood-sucking rivals. According to the automaker, the Tundra is set for a major update for the 2019 model year.
The last refresh the Tundra had was for the 2018 model year. Some of the changes it received included a new TRD Sport Package, a fresh new look up front, and standard Toyota Safety Sense-P system. However, Regular Cab models have been discontinued, leaving only the CrewMax and Double Cab models on the lineup.
But what should we expect for 2019? According to our rendering, the new 2019 Toyota Tundra should come with better fuel economy ratings, tons of customization options, and enhanced ride quality. As things stand, the existing model’s ride quality feels stiffer, returns mediocre fuel economy, and feels larger than expected especially when driving on congested roads.
The segment provides a lot of options to choose from, and deciding on the one that perfectly fits the bill can be rather daunting. Among the wealth of bells and whistles the Tundra is known for include powerful engines, top safety tech and systems, and a spacious rear seating. Other appealing core competencies include an impressive towing capacity, and is off-road capable.
Be that as it may, the segment, too, has benefited from recent refreshments that have brought in a slew of upgraded spec sheets. Therefore, the Tundra is in a class of one considering it hasn’t seen an all-new version for the past eleven years or so. Nowadays, most brands offer turbocharged gasoline engines for superior fuel efficiency and performance, or a diesel engine option for torque and efficiency over long hauls.
In the end, buyers will have to decide whether or not the “made-in-America” 2019 Toyota Tundra fits the bill or not.
2019 Toyota Tundra Interior Changes & Facelifts
Based on the existing model’s interior spec sheet, the 2019 model should be expected to further enhance on the ride experience. Regarding this, the interior design team should provide the Tundra with enhanced interior quality and durability. Our rendering shows the 2019 model will have a unique seat stitching, a high granulated paint on the center cluster, and soft-touch surfaces.
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Dashboard design is key. Gauges should be arranged in a clear, easy-to-see design. Also, there should be plenty of clever storage solutions. For instance, Toyota could build upon what the current model offers by better designing the dashboard and center console. For simplicity, the 2018 model offers multiple storage areas for electronics and personal items on the center console.
Moreover, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone functions, and a premium audio system should come standard. Core to the Tundra design DNA is a quiet cabin. Add this to sound quality offered by the Entune Audio systems offered on the existing model and you have an enjoyable driving experience.
The new 2019 Toyota Tundra should continue being offered in five trim models. That said however, we shouldn’t be surprised if Toyota decides to offer a special edition model just to spice things up. Existing models include the barebones SR, the flexible Limited, the value-conscious SR5, and the upmarket 1794 Edition and Platinum models.
Standard features to expect on the worker-oriented SR model should include an integrated trailer brake controller, heated mirrors, a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, a CD player, a six-speaker audio system, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.
Premium features to expect should include leather upholstered seating, automatic headlights, a navigation system, a power-adjustable passenger seat, an upgraded power driver seat, and movable tie-down cleats.
There’s a high likelihood the new model will be underpinned on a new platform. If that turns out to be the case, we should therefore expect the new 2019 Toyota Tundra to receive significant updates. Some of these should include a reduced curb weight, better exterior customizations, and more color options.
Existing color options include Silver Sky Metallic, Cement, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Smoked Mesquite, Quicksand, Inferno, Barcelona Red Metallic, and Super White.
2019 Toyota Tundra Engine Specs & Performance
Among Tundra’s core competencies are its powerful V8 engines. Although there’re some grey areas that Toyota could definitely improve on, the output they offer remains remarkable. The standard option is a 4.6L V8 capable of churning out 310 hp @5,600rpm and 327 lbs. ft. of torque @3,400rpm.
The other option is a 5.7L capable of producing 381 hp @5,600rpm and 401 pounds feet of torque @3,600rpm.
A fully equipped model should be able to tow 10,200 pounds.
2019 Toyota Tundra Release Date & Price
The new model should be expected to go for sale sometime in the fall of 2018 as a 2019 year model. As for the pricing, we don’t foresee Toyota making any significant changes over what the existing model goes for. Existing prices for the Tundra are as follows – Tundra SR MSRP starts from $29,961, Tundra SR5 at $31,847, Tundra Limited at $37,357, Tundra Platinum at $43,549, and Tundra 1794 CrewMax cab at $46,371.
With a pricing beginning from $33,920, the F-150 from Ford is a notorious leader in this neck of the woods. Some of its strengths include Raptor’s model gonzo off-road ability, exceptional power and fuel economy, exemplary comfort and safety, and high towing. Be that as it may, aluminum repairs for the body panels are outrageously high, users may have a hard time reaching the fuel economy ratings put on paper, and the ride quality can be compromised with the un-laden bed.
The Silverado from Chevy on the other hand is one with many talents. Fuel efficient engines, an impressive interior, and wide range of body styles make it a solid choice in the full-size pickup segment. Pricing starts from an MSRP of $29,270.