What did Toyota learn so far? Just to be clear, we’re talking about pickup truck markets, full-size ones, to be more precise. Not much would be the answer, but they are finally heading in the right direction it would seem. 2016 Toyota Tundra should be the last model of long-serving second generation, but it could showcase something from, soon-to-come, third generation.
Under the Hood and Features
As far as it seems, new Tundra could be the next full-size pickup to receive diesel powertrain leaving precious few of diesel-devoid badges out there. How things can change in only a year or so? The same Cummins 5.0L V8 found in Nissan Titan could immigrate to Tundra as well and since it delivers 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque in Nissan’s truck, we don’t see why it wouldn’t put similar figures in Toyota’s model as well.
Otherwise, 4.6L and 5.7L V8’s should be carried over, and they are supposed to deliver the same 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque, and 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque respectively.
2016 Toyota Tundra Redesign and Changes
With 2016 Toyota Tundra remaining a second generation model, changes should be insignificant. The same, heavy grille with lots of chrome will continue to feature, and corresponding chromed bumper (in higher grades) will continue to complement it. There’s no denying that Tundra looks very good and hides its age rather well, but it is about time to make some radical changes, and not only in design department too. Cummins engine is just a start, and, who knows; maybe Toyota decides to give us a hint of next-gen model’s design as well.
Interior will definitely remain unchanged. Some new color options are possible, especially in newest, TRD Pro addition, but that’s about all. 2016 Toyota Tundra remains neatly, though slightly unconventionally designed truck when it comes to interior. Unlike most of full-sizers, Tundra doesn’t have a massive, angular dash and huge instrument panel. It has slightly curved front end of the cabin which is clearly Japanese market-inspired.
Top grades can be lavishly decorated and our personal favorite is 1794 Edition which gives you premium, perforated leather heated and ventilated seats in unique brown color. Otherwise, Tunda gives you what any other large pickup does; touch screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, USB and a few of advanced electronic safety systems like LED daytime running lights, but not much more than that.
Current powertrain lineup can be described as “pick your poison”, at least when fuel economy is concerned. Both options guzzle fuel and offer either 15 or 16 miles per gallon, figures. That’s where new Cummins diesel engine enters the fray to save the day. It should reach low twenties which is significant upgrade over its petrol counterparts.
2016 Toyota Tundra Price range
Prices shouldn’t change at all, and base, SR models will still be available from $28,500. On the other hand, Platinum and 1794 Edition will cost $45,000, but diesel engine should take a few thousands more. Of course, Cummins engine won’t be compatible with every trim level, but we still don’t know which of Tundra’s options is supposed to support it.
2016 Toyota Tundra brings us to the end of a long journey known as Tundra’s second generation. It offers us a preview of future and some well-known options which we had the opportunity to make acquaintance with over the years.
The major competitors are: Nissan Titan and Dodge Ram Ecodiesel.
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