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SPIED: Is Toyota Updating the Tundra and Sequoia for 2018?

Posted in News on February 8, 2017
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The Toyota Tundra and Sequoia look like they’ll be getting a nip-tuck in the near future, if these spyshots taken near the company’s California offices are any indication.

Although its grille and tailgate branding is covered up, the pickup is instantly recognizable as Toyota’s largest offering, the Tundra. Visible through the mesh camouflage is a diamond-pattern black plastic grille, and it might be hiding a hopefully functional vent on the leading edge of the hood (past iterations of the Tundra have featured a phony plastic scoop atop the grille). It’s not clear if the headlights are redesigned, though they’re clearly of the same halogen technology as the current Tundra’s lower trim levels.

The Sequoia may likewise see some cosmetic updates. We think the headlights on this particular test mule feature LED technology, though the taillights are still clearly old-tech halogens. We also expect the Sequoia to receive an updated interior, which, unlike the Tundra, has not been updated since the SUV was released nearly 10 years ago.

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We’re not sure what other updates Toyota has in mind for its fullsize pickup and SUV, though we sure would appreciate updated powertrains. The Tundra currently offers a 310hp, 327–lb-ft 4.6L V-8 and a 381hp, 401–lb-ft 5.7L V-8, both of which are class-competitive in terms of power but lacking in fuel efficiency. The Sequoia only offers the thirsty 5.7L engine, where it ekes out 13 city/17 highway mpg. The addition of Toyota’s D-4S port- and direct-injection technologies could improve power and efficiency for both powerplants. Another potential upgrade could be the use of the Land Cruiser’s eight-speed automatic behind both engines.

The Tundra’s current generation was introduced for 2007, with a substantial styling update in 2014. Introduced one year later, the Sequoia hasn’t been substantially updated since, save a new base V-8 in 2010 that was 86’ed after two years, leaving only the 5.7L engine. With about a decade of experience under their respective belts, the Tundra and Sequoia are getting a bit long in the tooth, but with some thoughtful updates, Toyota might be able to keep their reliable, comfortable fullsize offerings in the hunt.

Source: SpiedBilde Photography

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