Since its debut back in 2001, the Toyota Sequoia has only received a single redesign way back in 2008. The model now gets a much-needed facelift for the 2018 model year. The most interesting news, however, is the fact that the Sequoia gets a TRD Sport treatment. This is largely an exterior upgrade that makes the SUV look more aggressive. The new model’s safety offering has also been enhanced as it has been hooked up with the automaker’s Safety Sense-P system as standard. The engine, however, remains unchanged. The 2018 Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport was showcased during the recent Chicago Auto show. Alongside the Sequoia, Toyota also showcased the Toyota Tundra on which the Sequoia is based. Like the Sequoia, the Tundra has also received a TRD package. Read along for more information:
2018 Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport Exterior
Just like the Tundra, the Sequoia has received only minor visual upgrades courtesy of the TRD Sport package. The package is available in both 4×2 and 4×4 configurations. The SUV has a new, black-themed grille that is flanked by revised LED headlights. The model also features new LED DRLs. On the sides, the SUV rides on a set of new, 20-inch black alloy wheels while the rear has darker LED taillights. The exterior also has a number of dark TRD badging that combine with the other visual upgrades to give the SUV a more intimidating look.
The Sequoia also features monochromatic paint colors; they are Magnetic Gray Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic and Super White.
2018 Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport Interior
Like the exterior, the cabin also gets minor upgrades. Lower trims feature black fabric upholstery while top trims feature leather upholstery. The SUV accommodates 7 passengers on its three rows. Black leather captain seats are available on the Premium Package. Other features include a TRD shifter, TRD-branded sill protectors and floor mats. The model also features a new instrument panel across all trims. The SUV also comes with a new, 4.2-inch Multi-information Display that monitors the Safety Sense system.
Toyota has enhanced the model’s safety by offering the Safety Sense-P package as standard on all trims. The package features high-beam headlights, a pre-collision mitigation system, dynamic radar cruise control and blind-spot monitoring among others.
Engine Specs and performance
The Toyota Sequoia SUV usually shares the same platform and drive-train with the Toyota Tundra. Ideally, it is the same car but in different bodies. This is the reason why Toyota could not give one a TRD Sport treatment and ignore the other. Thus, like the Tundra, the Sequoia is powered by a 5.7 L, i-Force V-8 mill. The mill is capable of producing 382 horses and 401 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic gearbox but buyers can opt for a 2-speed transfer case.
The model is offered in both RWD and AWD. The AWD system improves the vehicle’s handling as it features the automaker’s A-TRAC system. There is also an option for a TRD cat-bac exhaust system that helps the engine breathe much easily. This is one “gluttonous” power-plant; it is EPA rated at 13, mpg, 18 mpg and 15 mpg in city, highway and combined drives respectively for the RWD. The AWD models are worse.
Courtesy of the TRD Sport package, the model gets sport-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers on each corner and thicker anti-sway bars at the front and rear.
Price and release date
Toyota did not say anything about the 2018 Toyota Sequoia TRD Sport or the Tundra TRD Sport prices. Considering the changes are minor and mostly visual, I don’t expect the price to increase significantly compared to the outgoing model’s prices. The two models will be delivered to Toyota dealerships this September.