Instead of a complete redesign, it looks like the Japanese manufacturer is going to offer us a new version of the current model with a diesel engine, which is about to come as 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel. The famous truck is aging.
It was launched in 2007 and after 11 years of production, it still remains unclear when the new, third-generation model will finally come. Its brother Land Cruiser is also waiting for changes. If we consider that latest rumors about the famous SUV suggest a redesign in about two years, we can expect new Tundra to come at the same time. This indicates that 2019 Tundra Diesel will feature a new engine, but the rest of the truck is likely to remain unchanged. According to the latest reports, the new version should arrive in the fall.
2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel gets a new Cummins engine
The biggest and, most likely, the only major change on this version will be a new powertrain. So far, this great truck has been available with gasoline engines only. From the next year, we are finally going to see an oil-burner under the hood.
Since Toyota doesn’t have a diesel engine of appropriate size and power for a full-size truck, a 5.0-liter Cummins engine seems as a natural choice. This unit is quite powerful and capable, but reliable above everything else. It is good for about 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. It should come in a pair with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
With plenty of additional torque, the 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel will definitely be more capable in terms of towing, compared to current gasoline engines. We still don’t know the exact numbers. Still, if we consider that Nissan Titan, which comes with the same Cummins engine, has a max towing capacity of 12.600 pounds, we know what to expect. However, these numbers are for the Nissan XD version, which comes with few chassis modifications. It is still unknown will the 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel feature some similar tweaks.
2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel design
Although it is still early for exact details about the 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel, we are pretty sure that the new version will come without bigger modifications in terms of base design characteristics. This means that we are going to see the same 11-years old platform, which hasn’t change too much for all this time. Still, there is a chance to see some tweaks on the chassis. More precisely, we could see some changes on the rear suspension, which should provide better-towing capabilities.
However, this is just a speculation and we are still waiting for some official details. Rest of the truck is about to remain pretty much the same. We are about to same dimension, same bed configurations, cab designs etc. The styling should remain the same too.
2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel styling
Despite its age, this truck still features a pretty decent look. Thanks to the 2014 update, this model has received numerous novelties. This refresh has brought various new details, especially at the front. A lot of sheet metal was replaced. We saw new grille, new hood, fenders, and a completely redesigned tailgate. The 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel is likely to continue with the same parts, despite this update was almost five years ago. The company has also introduced few styling novelties for the current 2018-year model, but these changes aren’t so significant, though the truck looks a little freshened. Depending on the trim level, it gets either billet-style grille or a honeycomb grille. Also, there are some new exterior lighting details.
2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel interior
These exterior changes were nice, but the interior was completely new. So, this is the aspect where 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel definitely won’t be outdated. There are new seats, new dashboard design, new gauges and many other things. Also, there is plenty of equipment.
Current gasoline models come in four trim levels – SR, SR5, Limited, and Platinum. It is still unclear whether the new diesel engine is going to be offered in all or some of these trim levels, or it will be a single-trim version. The latter one seems more likely. In any case, the truck will be well equipped, with a long list of standard features. Besides plenty of comfort and convenience, you can also count on all those hi-tech connectivity features like 7-inch touchscreen interface, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, voice controls etc.
Also, expect to see few optional packages, as well as several advanced safety systems, including Toyota’s Sense package. This package is full of advanced safety systems. Those are a forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beams, and adaptive cruise control.
2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel release date and price
Although we are still waiting for some more precise launch date, various reliable sources suggest the new 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel will come in the last quarter of the year.
Same sources suggest a price around 33.000-34.000 dollars. Speaking of the competition, Nissan XD Diesel should be the biggest rival.