The Toyota Tundra is a very versatile truck which can be adopted for various activities. However, the greatest disadvantage of the truck is its poor fuel economy.
For this reason, Toyota has hooked up the vehicle with a Cummins diesel engine meant to improve its rating on this front.
2017 Toyota Tundra Exterior and Interior
Customers of 2017 Toyota Tundra will chose between three body styles, they are the Regular cab with a single row seating and 2 doors. There will also be a Double cab body style with two rows of seats and back-hinged rear doors as well as the Crew Max which features additional rear seating space and front-hinged doors. The truck bed also comes in three sizes which are 78.7, 97.6 and 66.7 inches which is exclusive to the Crew cab. The cabin functions are designed such that they can be operated even when one is wearing gloves.
However, the cabin quality of the base models lag behind its competitors although higher trims close the gap. Toyota should try to add more features a standard to the base trim. However, the base model comes with Entune touch-screen infotainment system, audio streaming, Bluetooth connectivity and a rear parking camera.
2017 Toyota Tundra Trim levels
The vehicle will be offered in six trim levels which are the base SR, mid SR5, Limited, Platinum as well as the top 1794 Edition trim.
The SR features a 6.1-inch touch-screen display for audio, a stereo with USB and AUX inputs, audio streaming and Bluetooth connectivity. Other features include power locks and windows, cruise control and 12 volts power outlets. It will ride on 18-inch steel wheels.
Moving up, the SR5 adds a 3.5-inch multi-information touch-screen located on the instruments cluster, front map-light, a 7.0 inch touch-screen integrated with HD radio, Sirius XM radio, HD traffic and iTunes tagging.
The limited trim on the other hand introduces a navigation system, leather upholstery, woodgrain accents, heated and power-adjustable front seats Entune apps, a dual-zone climate control, steering wheel wrapped in leather, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, power-sliding rear window, and an universal garage door opener. It will ride on 20-inch alloy wheels.
The Platinum comes with diamond pleated leather upholstery, perforated, ventilated and heated front seats, a silver gillet grille, a JBL sound system as well as color-keyed bumpers. The platinum trim models will ride on uniquely designed 20-inch alloy wheels.
The top 1704 Edition is produced as a tribute to the ranch on which the Tundra factory is built. The ranch’s history dates back to 1794. This trim adds saddle brown, perforated leather upholstery, a suede accent and exclusive 1794 badging.
The vehicles will also feature a new package dubbed the Tundra TRD Pro Series which features Bilstein remote reservoir shocks which are matched with TRD springs. These add a two-inch lift. On the outside, the Tundra TRD Pro Series looks different from its siblings due to its classic black grille and skid plates. The TRD Pro series will also feature unique 18-inch alloy wheels and TRD logos which appear almost everywhere including on the shifter, door mats, tailgate etc.
For safety, front side, dual front, front-knee and full-length side airbags come as standard. Also offered as standard is traction and stability control. The Limited, Platinum and 1794 Editions will add blind-spot monitoring.
Engine and performance
The 2017 Toyota Tundra will be availed in three engine options; 2 gasoline engines and a new diesel engine.
The base gasoline engine will be a 4.6 L, V-8 engine good for 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque.
The second engine will be a 5.7 L, V8 engine good for 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. The two engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission which channels power to the rear wheels as well as to all wheels depending on a customer’s choice. New for 2017, the automaker introduces a diesel engine which will be a 5.0 L turbocharged Cummins engine which will produce more than 300 horses and over 500 lb-ft of torque.
Toyota intends to use this diesel engine to improve fuel efficiency of its poor petrol engines. The diesel engine will have a fuel economy of around 30 mpg on combined drives.
Price and release date
Toyota is yet to make public details on its Tundra lineup prices. However, various rumors indicate that the models prices will be in the same range as the outgoing ones which are valued between $ 25,000 and 48,000.
As for the release date, the trucks will likely appear in the last quarter 0f 2016 or early 2017 but first the models will be showcased at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show in February 2016.
The starting price for the basic SR version is $ 30.020 and goes up to $ 46,980 for the Platinum version. Of course, the price can be much higher if you decide for a stronger engine or more accessories.