Toyota which is arguably one of the biggest automakers in the world is set to release its biggest SUV, the new 2016 Toyota Sequoia in the market. Enthusiasts of this model can expect improved fuel economy and impressive new features.
Exterior of New Toyota Sequoia 2016
Many people shunned the last generation of the Sequoia mainly because of its looks. Toyota seems to have listened, a reason why the 2016 Toyota Sequoia will feature a completely redesigned exterior look. This car which is similar to a pick up will share a lot of features with the Toyota Tundra based on the IMV platform. The Sequoia will be offered in three trims i.e. Limited, SR5 and Platinum.
To start with, the front fascia will see a new bumper, grille and headlights which are meant to give the new vehicle a more aggressive, sharper and sporty look. The manufacturer has also included a rear roof spoiler for better stability and dynamic look. The rear also features new taillights and a new back bumper which makes the exterior look sharper and athletic. Depending on the trim level, the vehicle will feature either 18 inch or 20 inch alloy wheels.
The new Sequoia will be offered in six exterior colors which will be black, silver sky metallic, pyrite mica, sizzling crimson mica, sandy beach metallic and blizzard pearl magnetic gray metallic. The new model will have an overall weight of 5730 lbs due to the use of lightweight materials. The vehicle will have a length of 205.1 inches, 79.9 inch width and a height of 77 inches along with a wheel base of 122 inches.
2016 Toyota Sequoia Interior
This model is known for its pleasant and comfortable cabin. The new interior has been improved to feature modern materials and technology gadgets. The interior of the Sequoia can comfortably accommodate 8 passengers spread over its three-row seating arrangement. The seats will be covered in leather; the front ones will be heated.
The vehicle will also feature a 3-zone climate control system and leather covered steering wheel. At the center console, there will be either a 6.1 inch or 7 inch display depending on the trim level. All trims come with stylish interior features including high quality fabrics, a DVD player and a 9-inch LCD monitor for rear passengers.
For safety purposes, the vehicle will be equipped with dual and side airbags, curtain airbags on its three rows of seats as well as driver and front passenger mounted airbags. The vehicle will also feature anti lock braking, traction control, front and rear parking sensors, a star safety system and a rear view camera.
Engine, Specs and Performance
According to insider information, the vehicle will feature two gasoline engines and a diesel engine. The base gasoline engine will be a 4.7 L V8 capable of channeling 282 hp. Those looking for more power can opt for the second gasoline engine which will be a 5.7L V8 which will produce 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque.
The diesel engine will be a 4.5L V8 with an output of more than 280 hp. All the engines will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission system. All models will be offered in front wheel drive as standard, although high trims will have all wheel drive mode as an option.
When it comes to fuel economy, the vehicle has estimated EPA ratings of 13 mpg, 17 mpg and 15 mpg for city, highway and combined. The Sequoia will also accelerate from 0-60 mph in only 6.5 seconds.
Price and release date
The 2016 Toyota Sequoia may be released in the market in the last quarter of 2015 or early 2016 and will attract a price of around $ 45,000 for the base trim. The top trim will be going for around $ 65,000.