The Tundra is one of the best selling full size pick-up trucks in the US and their latest model is also one of the better trucks out there. The latest edition, 2016 Toyota Tundra brings a new upgraded Cummins diesel engine. New Nissan Titan will be based on the same diesel powerplant, also.
However, its design is quite old, being launched all the way back in 2006 and even though it did receive an update back in 2014, the car isn’t as new as the brand new F150 which not only received a new body but also a lot of improvements under the hood. The 2016 Toyota Tundra is going to be a an even smaller update than the one back in 2014 but this time Toyota is going to introduce a new trim for it which, they say, is going to make from the Tundra a real rally raid truck.
Styling – small changes and improvements
At the first view, new Toyota Tundra is very close to the previous edition, but there are changes. On the interior the truck will get all the commodities you would want in a car, so automatic air conditioning, satellite navigation, the new rear view camera, USB and iPod connectivity for your music, electric seats, windows and mirrors as well as heated seats are going to be standard features. Further upgrades will give it leather upholstery, a premium audio system as well as a lot of gadgets like satellite phone for remote areas or even sport seats for the brand new TRD PRO model.
Its exterior on the other hand will remain quite similar to the older model. The difference will be the 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD PRO which is going to come in either orange or black and it will feature a lot of upgrades which are going to make it better in off-road.
Firstly, the suspension has been raised and the shock absorbers have been given more travel which together with the new light alloy wheels and all terrain tires should make from it a real competitor for the Raptor. On the exterior, the Tundra received a few add-on like new headlights, a more aggressive grille as well as a dual exhaust system.
Tundra Diesel – engine opitons
Engine wise, the base model of the 2016 Toyota Tundra will come with the same engines as before. This is going to be a 4.6 liter aspirated V6 which is good for 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque. This might be sufficient for a lot of people but it is a lot worse than its competition which is able to get more power from much smaller and efficient engines.
However, the Tundra makes up with outstanding reliability and a very dependable power curve. The better engine would be the 5.7 liter aspirated V8 which can make 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. Both of them are going to be available with a 6 speed automatic and either rear wheel or all wheel drive.
The best part about the bigger engine is that it is quite capable being able to tow more than 10.000 pounds with ease. If wanted, you can even install a factory supercharger on it which can be had for only 7000 dollars. This kit is usually installed in a showroom and thanks to that the warranty isn’t lost. Take into account though that this only works on the TRD model. Thanks to this supercharger, the maximum power would be well over 500 horsepower which would make from the TRD a worthy competitor for the Raptor.
2016 Toyota Tundra Price
Just like before, the 2016 Toyota Tundra is going to cost a bit more than the competition, with the base model coming at a hefty 30.000 dollars and the Pro version coming in at a bit more than 40.000 dollars.
The release date for the new truck has been set to be by the end of 2015 with another small update in 2016 which is going to keep the Tundra afloat until 2018 or early 2019 when it is going to be replaced completely.
As you can suppose, the main rivals are: Dodge Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan (the key reason is the same diesel engine). At the end, Toyota Tundra is one of the best trucks, for years. At the other hand, Tundra is very popular, especially in US.