2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel – Review, Engine, Release Date and Specs

December 30, 2016 Toyota, Upcoming cars

If you are on the lookout for a new and powerful version of Toyota pickup truck, then you will certainly find this article interesting and informative. The much awaited 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel will be hitting the market soon and there are reasons to feel excited about this new launch from Toyota. It will be a full size pickup truck with a lot of new features and benefits.

It will come with improved passenger room and it also will most probably have an improved crash test scores.

The luxury features especially in the insides have gone through a number of changes. However, on the flip side there are some concerns regarding compromise to fuel economy and the powertrain also perhaps has some drawbacks when compared to rivals. Customization features also perhaps are not exactly up to the mark. But on the whole there are many reasons to believe that it will be an authentic truck talent, though it may not be fully equipped to take over rivals aggressively. Many customers and experts believe that 2019 Tundra Diesel has been designed in such a way that it is being designed to lure and move away some customers who are firmly entrenched with their rivals.

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It Has Not Been Able To Move Into The Big League

There are reasons to believe that this new variant has always had a record for dependence and durability and the previous versions like SR, TRD, SRS, Limited, PRO, 1794 and Platinum have proved it over and over again. If customers went in for trim levels they certainly had quite a few options to choose from and they could choose quite a few customizations in terms of cab size, engines, bed length, four wheel or rear wheel drive just to name a few. However, the previous versions of Tundra have been able to achieve a rating of 5.2 out of 10 which may not exactly be the best that one can expect.

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It is not very sure whether the new model will be able to break into the big leagues along the likes of GMC Sierra, Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ford F-150. When one looks at sales numbers, overall worldwide performance, specifications, Tundra might have quite a bit of catching up to do. Hence the new 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel will be weighed and compared on these parameters.

What To Expect From The New Model

Many experts believe that the new models will not have any radical or dramatic changed and nothing big can be expected from the 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel version. However, Toyota might have made the front seats standards with power adjustable features. The paint colors have also been shuffled. It may not have anything significant to offer as far as fuel economy upgrades and other safety grades are concerned.

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 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel Engines And Styling

Though Tundra has not been in the top league when it comes to performance and styling, quite a few updated which took place to the 2014 model have helped it to stay competitive in the market place. It certainly is quite strongly and beefy in areas where it matters the most. However, it lacks the smoothness and crispness which many American brands have been able to offer. The insides are quite efficient and the controls are quite good and chunky.

They could also be described as luxurious especially when one looks at the 1794 and Platinum Edition Models. Performance can be considered as fine by the best standards and is in comparison with the latest version of Ram Trucks and Ford GM trucks. However, one disappoint is that the V-6 in not available. In other words, customers have to choose between 4.6 liter V-8 that comes with a rating of 310 horsepower and 327 pounds feet of torque. Further the top line 5.7 liter V-8 is quite good and generates 381 of HP and 401 lb-ft of torque.

At the end of 2016 year, the American tuning studio “Devolro” announced three diesel versions of the tuning truck. Tuners offer to “implant” in the Tundra one of the Cummins engines with a volume of 3.9 or 5.9 liters, or a 6.6-liter Duramax V8. So the 2019 official version of Diesel Tundra will probably have the same 5.7L V8 and 5.9 Cummins diesel.

Notice this: According to the unofficial news received from the automobile market Tundra is expected to come also with a Hino diesel, but Popular Mechancs reports that most of it’s engines are just too big for the Tundra’s bay. The size issue could force Toyota to debut a new, smaller 4.5L diesel V8 that it’s been working on.

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2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel Safety And Fuel Economy

The interiors and equipment levels needs an urgent upgrade and the same were taken care of in the 2014 version. The same continues with the 2019 version and it certainly is good news for Tundra fans. The truck comes with a regular cab, a double cab, and a 6 foot 6 foot or 8 foot 1 bed. It also features a 5 foot 5 bed. The configurations however are not very wide and may not compare favorably with the best selling trucks belonging to other brands and models.

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The 2019 Diesel Tundra also features some standard safety equipment. But the crash test scores are not exactly something that one can be proud about. In fact the IIHS has been able to outperform this vehicle as far as overlap test is concerned. It does not have any automatic braking systems. It would also be pertinent to mention that the federal government has assigned it an overall rating of four stars.

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Wheels And Other Navigation Features

When one looks at the entry level SR model of Tundra there are a few things which come to light. These include daytime running lights, steel wheels of 18 inches and a 60/40 split folding bench seat in the rear apart from a basic entry model touchscreen audio system. If one moves over the mainstream SRS model, you also can expect to get variable intermittent windshield vipers, fog lights and an infotainment system which is quite advanced. It also comes with apps which are compatible with smart phones and the same 18 inch alloy wheels are available.

The Limited luxury versions come with standard 20 inch alloy wheels, leather seating, automatic dual zone climate control, and powered front seats with new designs, rearview mirror with auto dimming features and much more.

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Conclusion

At the end of the day when one has a closer look at the various features of this 2019 Toyota Tundra Diesel there are reasons to believe that it is a mixed bag. Customers might be in for a disappointment as far as power, safety features and the indoors are concerned. However, compared to the models which were running prior to 2014, there are quite a few positive changes. It is quite powerful and if one is looking for a full range pickup up truck this could be one of the many choices in the market place.

 

John Goldberg