The 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel could be a star of the next season. While other companies rushed to present their models at the latest NAIAS 2018, the Japanese company was developing an engine that will go straight into production and then salons. Almost a year after the debut, we still can’t purchase either now Ford F-150 Diesel, nor Chevy Silverado 1500.
Well, rumors about Toyota Tundra Diesel appeared a couple of years ago. Now, with competition being serious about trucks with same fuel drivetrain, the Japanese company must speed up development. We expected this truck even for 2019, but it is unlikely to happen. Premiere maybe, but that would be 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel. Sales won’t start next year.
2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel Specs
It is still a mystery what we will see under the hood of the 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel. Well, the company has a V8 diesel engine, but a turbo V6 is also an option. We can find a unit that could fit perfectly into the engine room. It is a 1KD-FTV diesel mill some vehicles outside the US are using. It is capable to produce 190 hp and 310 pound-feet of torque. Turbochargers will make its output go up to 250 hp and over 400 pound-feet of twist. For example, upcoming Ford F-150 diesel can produce 250 hp and 440 lb-ft, while the new Silverado 1500 diesel is making 10 lb-ft less. So, the 1KD-FTV D-4D engine will make 2020 Tundra Diesel competitive in this new segment.
Fuel Economy and Towing Capacity
The main advantages of diesel engines are their better gas mileage and higher towing capacity. On the other hand, these are one of the greatest polluters in the automotive industry. Well, engineers still manage to meet the requirements of specific markets, no matter how tough it is to achieve.
The full-size Tundra pickup truck can return 15/19 mpg with the 4.6-l engine, or 13/18 with a 5.7-liter unit. The 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel will definitely add at least 3-4 mpg over these numbers. The AWD model will return above 20 mpg on the highway.
Maximum towing capacity of Toyota Tundra with petrol engines is just above 10,000 pounds. A diesel engine is not going to make a great push but 2,000 lbs of extra towing rating will be more than generous. Well, we are still waiting for these details to become official. Then, we will know precisely the exact towing capacity and mileage of the new 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel.
2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel Release Date
The new 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel is going to debut next year. Such an important addition needs a big show. Well, we don’t think the diesel version of Tundra is coming to Detroit. The truck could have a premiere in the second half of 2019, probably last quarter. At this time, LA car show seems to be the perfect spot for this debut.
Again, we must wait for official updates to see precisely how much the 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel will cost. Experts believe the new truck will add about $5,000 to the existing offer. That means the cheapest diesel will cost $37,500. Add few packages, higher trim level, and more equipment, and the 2020 Tundra Diesel will easily jump over $50,000.
TRD Pro and Diesel
Ever since Toyota Racing Development added a PRO package for three models, these are one of the best off-road vehicles you can find. Tundra and Tacoma trucks and 4Runner SUV are the only models at the moment to bring unique features. The 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel TRD Pro would cement the place of the truck as the No1 off-road full-size model. Suspensions, shocks, wheels, and other accessories are making every vehicle carrying TRD Pro badge unstoppable.