Diesels have sure come a long way over the last 10 years. What once sounded like a tap dancing quartet has since become a refined power plant(in most cases). Auto manufacturers have been jumping on the diesel train more year by year in the North American market. So much so that almost all top auto manufacturers offer a diesel option in their passenger vehicles. One of the outliers of the group has been Toyota but as customer demand increases the rumors are swirling. In recent months there has been a lot of discussion about the possibility of a 2019 Toyota Tundra diesel. Naturally that sparked our interest so we began searching. With minimal info available we will highlight what we know and what we expect to see.
What We Know About The Toyota Tundra Diesel
Rumors have been flying around about this upcoming Toyota diesel. As a matter of fact I can remember talk of a diesel tundra all the way back to the 2007 SEMA show when Toyota brought out a “Project” Tundra diesel. That’s actually a picture of the project tundra a top this page and it was well received by the SEMA crowd.
So at the moment the only thing we really know is speculation that there will be a Toyota tundra diesel making a debut in 2019. Its likely that it will be featured in its current platform as I don’t see Toyota getting into the 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck space.
What To Expect From This Upcoming Diesel Tundra
This added engine option to the new Tundra will be sure to make its debut in the 2019 or 2020 model year so lets go over the expectations. As we mentioned, Toyota would be last to the diesel party but that also gives them the opportunity to make a grand entrance.
From the looks of it the diesel will be in the half ton Tundra truck and compete directly with the F150 Powerstroke, 3.0l Duramax and Dodge EcoDiesel. It has been mentioned that this truck will feature the same Cummins engine of the Titan XD but I just don’t see that happening. I view the Titan XD as a different class truck that is great for some but not enough for most. For Toyota to create a new version of the Tundra they would essentially have to create an additional Tundra version which doesn’t seem logical.
Expect to see a uniquely named engine co developed between Toyota and large diesel powerhouse(CAT or Detroit Diesel) with higher horsepower and torque numbers than GM, Dodge and Ford. It will be featured on the half ton Toyota Tundra Crew Max chassis only and only available with top tier trims.
How Powerful is the Tundra Diesel?
As we have mentioned previously the diesel engine segment has become extremely competitive. Manufacturers are competing for that “Most Powerful Full Size Truck” badge that seems to get passed off every six months. So is the Toyota Tundra capable of dethroning the current “most powerful”? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say yes. With the fine line of power and fuel mileage I believe Toyota will achieve 265-270 HP and 450 lb ft torque. These numbers would surpass those of Ford and Dodge and allow Toyota 6 months to a year of bragging rights.
What About The Diesel Tundra Dually?
For those of you that are interested in the Tundra diesel dually you might be waiting for a while to see it. This project vehicle released in 2007 was mainly brought about by customer inquiries. The faithful Toyota fans over the years had requested a heavy duty tundra as well as a diesel version. Although this project vehicle was created, Toyota reps have voiced it was purely a statement. Toyota wanted to show that it was plenty capable of creating a heavy duty truck but maybe they didn’t see it as being the right timing.
So for now we wait to hear from the tight lipped auto manufacture on this ever anticipated Toyota Tundra diesel. I’m sure we will see some spy shots or some type of leaked photos from someone on the inside in the coming months. Expect the official announcement to appear at one of the major United States auto shows(my guess would be NAIAS in January). Till then we will wait as patiently as we can on this much anticipated diesel Tundra.