2016 Toyota Tundra

2016 Toyota Tundra will suffer some pretty big changes for this model year. Currently into its second generation, Tundra is pretty much ready for generation switch, having in mind that it hasn’t been changed since 2007. Back in 2014 Tundra received small facelift, which modernized it, but 2016MY is the right time for some serious changes.

2016 Toyota Tundra Front

2016 Toyota Tundra news and changes

Following the footsteps of couple of its leading competitors, 2016 Toyota Tundra’s biggest surprise will be all-new diesel engine. Beside performance, Toyota designers and engineers also have some plans for re-building the Tundra’s appearance. Tundra should appear with sleeker lines, and more elegant body style, in order to fit the standards of modernly designed pick-up trucks.

Front end will receive some aggressive styling, since the grill and bumper will be redesigned. Headlight and taillight design will also be altered, while we can also expect foglights to be incorporated with upcoming Tundra. In order to balance elegant body style with aggressive front and overall rugged appearance, 2016 Toyota Tundra will, probably incorporate 19-inch wheels into the picture. Inside, 2016 model year should bring both style and quality upgrade. We can expect high quality materials as well as high-luxury features. Traction and stability control will be part of standard equipment, as well as some other top safety features.

Dimensions-wise, 2016 Tundra should stay the same, but much lighter. Toyota officials announced better fuel economy and diet for Tundra, which will, along with diesel engine, put this pick-up truck among the most economical in class.

2016 Toyota Tundra Interior

2016 Toyota Tundra engine and mpg

The biggest and, probably, the most welcoming news regarding 2016 Toyota Tundra is addition of the diesel power unit. Long-awaited power unit will be part of 2016 Toyota Tundra engine line-up, which consists of two petrol engines.

Last year drop of V6, due to low demand and weak power output, worked in favor of V8 units. 2016 Toyota Tundra will gain its power from a 4.6-liter V8 engine with 310 horsepower and 327 lb-ft of torque or 5.7-liter V8 with 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, depending on trim and choice you make.

Both engines are paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, while four-wheel is available for either engine as optional.

All-new diesel is a 5.0-liter Cummins V8 turbodiesel engine. Same engine is found under the hood of Nissan’s Titan, and is able to produce 300 horsepower and 500 pound feet of torque. CAFÉ standard for 2025, which prescribe fleet target of 54.5 mpg, forced Toyota to bring diesels into the game.

Fuel economy rates for diesel are not published yet, but Toyota Tundra with 4.6-liter V8 is able to deliver 14 mpg city, 18 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined (15/19/16 mpg with RWD), and with 5.7-liter it has gas mileage of 13 mpg city, 17 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined (13/18/15 mpg with RWD). These numbers will go up with latest improvements.

2016 Toyota Tundra Rear

2016 Toyota Tundra competition

2016 Toyota Tundra will face Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel and Nissan Titan, as its first line competitors. Beside these pick-ups equipped with diesel engines, Tundra will face also Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Colorado with their great design and functionality.

2016 Toyota Tundra price and release

2016 Toyota Tundra release is expected in late 2015, while its pricing is unknown. However, due to extensive list of changes planned for this model, we believe that 2016 model year will bring some price increase, and will not start before $30 000.

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2 Responses to 2016 Toyota Tundra

  1. T Garner says:

    Toyota,
    Like many Japanese manufacturers, Toyota seems not to make a lot of engineering changes until they’ve been thoroughly tested and proven, before releasing their products to the general public. Thus, reducing the number of recalls on untested product. We in the general public appreciate that, however it also causes these manufacturers to lag behind American-made vehicles.
    I have waited for about three years for Toyota to put direct injection on their 5.7 L Tundra truck. Chrysler Ford and GM have had this equipment on their trucks and cars for half a dozen years or more. I’ve seen what Toyota is done with the new engine in the Tacoma in an attempt to produce a more economical gasoline engine. Unfortunately, since this engine is limited in its rpm range due to these innovations, the engine had to be backed up with a transmission that has 6+ speeds. This is due to the fact that the rpm range of the engine is limited.
    I would ask those decision-makers at Toyota to put direct injection on their 5.7 L truck so I can buy one.
    Waiting in limbo

  2. Ed Graves says:

    I am one of Toyota’s biggest fans, as I find Toyota Land Cruisers from all over the world, and bring them to the U.S. and restore them. Without question, the diesel Land Cruisers are the BEST ever made by Toyota. Owning a 4.6L Tundra, I am excited to upgrade to the diesel Tundra. Hopefully the mpg will compete with the Dodge 1/2 ton (24 mpg). Surprised to hear Toyota wants to use the Cummins diesel, when they have Hino Industries building incredible Diesel engines.

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