2016 Toyota Tundra represents new model of a second generation of this medium sized pickup trucks. Since Tundra has proved to be one of the bestselling vehicles in its class, we assume that 2016 model will continue this tradition. Since 2016 Toyota Tundra closes current generation, we don’t expect extreme makeover of exterior and interior design, but as announced, major changes will come in terms of improved fuel efficiency and construction, which makes this vehicle about one third times stronger and 5% lighter comparing to its predecessors.
Exterior and Interior
2016 Toyota Tundra powered with diesel engine will suffer major exterior changes and will have enlarged air intakes on the front fascia, with aim to improve cooling system. Base trim level will have LED lights, both headlights and tail lights, while Xenon headlights will be part of equipment in higher trim levels. 19-inch wheels will also come as a standard.
We cannot expect major changes regarding interior design. Some of high-tech features will come as a standard, eg. touchscreen infotainment system, USB ports, Bluetooth. Higher trim levels will be offered with advanced safety systems like LED daytime running lights, and satellite navigation, automatic climate surround sound systems, to name some of the few.
As of engine, new 2016 Toyota Tundra will offer few options. Four of them we already have met in current Tundra generation, while new one will be new diesel Cummings. Standard model will still be 4.0L V-6, but new engine management system will accompany this engine, in order to achieve better fuel consumption and continuity of power delivery. This engine is capable of 270 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. It will be accompanied with a five-speed transmission. As far figures in fuel economy are concerned, we can expect 16 mpg in a city drive, 20 mpg on highway and 17 mpg in combined driving conditions.
Higher trim levels will come with 4.6 L V-8 engine. This one has a capacity to develop 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque. In order to improve fuel utilization, this engine version will have more efficient air intake system. On the other hand, if you are looking for a most powerful engine type, you might find a 5.7L V-8 as most appealing. This one is powerful enough to develop 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque.
Major innovation in terms of 2016 Toyota Tundra power train will bring a Cummins 5.0L V8 diesel engine with a turbocharger. This motor provides 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. We expect that its main advantage will lie in improved fuel consumption.
2016 Toyota Tundra Release Date and Price
We expect Toyota Tundra to be available on market by the end of 2015. The base model will cost around $25,000 and the price rise with higher trim levels, up to $45,000 for the TRD Pro versions.