The Toyota Tundra 2015 has barely hit the roads and there is already much anticipation for the next model of the line up – the majestic 2016 Toyota Tundra Pickup.

So far, Toyota, which has always been associated with much innovative designing and mechanics, has not been very successful in the pickup truck market. However, with their second generation Tundra diesel 2015 model having received good, if somewhat hesitant reviews, Toyota fans now have many expectations of their upcoming launch.

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 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel Specs

As of now, there are just rumors with regard to the specification of the 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel. The Japanese automobile firm has been very tight-lipped about the details regarding this vehicle which has just led to an increase in anticipation and excitement. The only confirmation that has been given is that the new Toyota diesel truck is to be come to the market in a shiny, new form. It shall be subject to complete redesigning both in its interior and exterior form. The size, however, will be the same as the 2015 model, which is not surprising, for the latter has been appreciated for its space management. Being a third generation product, the 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel will probably be far more technologically superior to its predecessor, which in itself, has proven to be quite a wonderful vehicle in terms of its internal mechanics. Let’s have a closer look at what the 2015 Toyota Tundra has given us, before proceeding to revelations about its much awaited successor pickup.

What the 2015 Toyota Tundra is all About

With this model, the much critiqued Tundra series received its first big break. This powerful car is expected to take on its contemporaries such as the very popular Ford F-150 SVT Raptor with much success. With its beautifully bold interiors which give the impression of aggressive power and towing capacity, the 2015 Tundra piqued the interest of all automobile enthusiasts. The comfy and elegant interiors added to its charm so that the tag line “Work Ready. Family Tough” seems spot on. Even in terms of the actual driving experience, the vehicle more or less delivers what it promises, which is rather impressive, given Toyota’s history with pickup trucks.

The 2015 Toyota Tundra is available in a variety of body styles as well as bed lengths. It also boasts of the options of both a two and four-wheel-drive. Variations in engine capacity added to the sense of custom service, making buyers feel the vehicle can be tailored to their needs. For a vehicle of good size, the pickup truck’s maneuverability is commendable. The steering is speedy, efficient and precise, even as a little more straight-line steadiness may be desired.

2015 Toyota Tundra Engine

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The vehicle comes with two engine options – either a 4.6 litre V8, or a 5.7 litre V8, which are rated at 310 and 381 horsepower respectively, with the former variant promising 327 pound-feet of torque and latter 401 pound-feet of torque. The six-speed automatic transmission makes it a further pleasure to ride.

Powerful and easily handled, the Tundra manages to offer a very enjoyable driving experience. What’s more is that Toyota has added an off-road trim level as well, for those who want to leave the pavement and wander the off-beaten paths. The TRD Pro is loaded with off-road tires, a raised suspension, skid plates and Blisten shocks as well; this assures a smoother and safe off-roading experience, making it quite a good option for the adventurous folk.

Even as this diesel Tundra pickup truck has proved to be one of good mettle in terms of the driving experience, its performance in terms of fuel efficiency leaves much to be desired. The vehicle has received below-average EPA ratings though the company insists that the real-world mileage is similar to that of competing trucks by General Motors and Ford. In rural driving, most users have not achieved more than 15 mpg in unloaded condition, which is somewhat regrettable since other models in the same segment have performed far better.

However, what this Toyota diesel pickup lacks in terms of fuel efficiency, it compensates for in terms of the luxuriously upgraded interiors. It comes in four Trim levels, namely, SR, SR5, Limited and Platinum. The entry level models – SR and SR5 boast of features such as steel wheels, keyless entry, full-power accessories, cruise control, a rear-view camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a touchscreen interface and a sophisticated audio system, amongst other fancy additions.

This is an impressive list of luxuries, offering budgeted buys much opulent treatment as well. The higher models have even more to pamper its passengers with; 20-inch alloy wheels, climate control, leather upholstery, navigation system, front and rear parking sensors, one-touch power windows and a glass-breakage sensor are just some of these. Clearly, Toyota wants to ensure premium ride quality, which is in fact, one of the top selling points of this vehicle.

Another major achievement of this vehicle is that apart from offering much comfort and luxury, it also promises a decent level of safety to its passengers. Standard safety equipment in most variants includes front knee airbags, front-side impact aidbags, side curtain airbags, antilock breaks, trailer sway control ad finally stability and traction control. The higher variants also have a blind spot monitoring system and parking sensors. It is then no surprise that the 2015 Toyota Tundra earned a four star rating for its safety performance in a government crash test where 5 star indicate perfect security. Other tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also certified its safety features as “Good”, thus reiterating that this pickup truck is sturdy and well-equipped in the unfortunate circumstance of an accident.

The pricing of the Toyota Tundra 2015 models ranges between $28,510 and $47,975 approximately, with each of its numerous variants being distinctly priced. It is tough to ascertain whether the pricing is appropriate given the varied nature of features being offered in different Trim levels. The higher variants are undoubtedly somewhat pricey, though that is debateable given the elegance and superior cabin experience offered by their lavish interiors. The lower variants could be considered value-for-money purchases on account of the wide range of safety and luxury features installed therein. There is however, little consensus amongst users regarding the pricing of all variants, with some extremely satisfied with it, while others decidedly unhappy.

The mixed reviews of users are mirrored in the wide range of opinions generated amongst experts as well. While some serenade the 2015 Toyota Tundra for the significant upgrades it has received as compared to its predecessor, others maintain that it still falls short in terms of overall performance when pitted against competing contemporary models.  Either way, what remains to be seen is whether Toyota will make effective use of this feedback by ensuring that the 2016 Toyota Tundra is a phenomenal vehicle that is touted as brilliant by one and all.

What to Expect from this New Toyota Diesel Pickup Truck

It is widely held that other competing brands have out-performed previous models of Toyota trucks of the Tundra series. While the radical changes in the 2015 Tundra model have brought some upliftment in market reviews as well as sales figures, there still remains much to be desired. Die-hard Toyota fans expect the upcoming diesel Toyota Tundra to be a great success, allowing the brand to capture a wider audience in the mid-sized pickup trucks’ segment.

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The news of alleged changes and refinements that the new model is to have is making the rounds for a while now. Though several contrary speculations are also being thrown about, a general trend in the propensity of presumed characteristics can be detected. If the rumors are to be believed, there is a plethora of features and performance enhancements to watch out for.

Let’s begin by considering what the exterior of the 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel is to be like. There are certainly going to be changes but the design philosophy is to remain the same; the exterior will convey the impression of strength and power, with bold lines and metallic detailing adorning its sizable frame. To retain familiar exterior design is a wise decision for the outward appearance of the Tundra series has always been its strong point.

The front area will be modified slightly however, with bigger air intakes and a restyled grille. This shall serve two purposes – one, of the giving the vehicle a more modern look and appeal and two, for improvement of the internal cooling system. Also, a new front bumper will be seen which is very likely to be color-matched to the vehicle as opposed to the standardized chrome in previous models. The headlights as well as taillights are supposed to have LED implants in the lower variants and Xenon ones in the higher ones. The shape of the lights shall also be remodeled though the overall appearance of the rear end is not going to be altered significantly. All in all, the exterior of the 2016 Toyota Tundra will be refreshingly different though still identifiable as a part of the same series.

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Moving on to the interiors, the new model will be uber-luxurious, with some interesting technological innovations allowing for a most comfortable ride for passengers. The most appreciated features of the 2015 Toyota pickup truck will recur in the new Tundra model – leather upholstery, a high-tech satellite navigation system and automatic climate control, to name a few. The top variant will also have a more spacious cabin with a seating capacity of 5, which is quite novel and impressive – hardly seen in any pickup truck so far. The lesser models however, will not see too many added luxuries, but since they are to be suitably equipped for the price they are to be marketed at, that is unlikely to surprise or disappoint customers.

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In terms of performance and fuel efficiency, there aren’t too many alterations to be expected. The same four engines from the 2015 Tundra model will be repeated; the lower variants will thus have a 4.0L V6 engine that promises 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. In the higher variants however, the 4.6L, V8 engine, which delivered 310 horsepower and 327 pound-feet of torque, shall now be optional. The most powerful engine of all, available in the topmost variant would be a 5.7, V-8 specimen, capable of pumping out no less than 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. While the capacities and performance will then remain unchanged, a new engine management system is to be introduced – the specifics of its capabilities are not however known yet. The only major novelty in the performance potential will be brought about by the brand new diesel unit Toyota is believed to be introducing. One variant is supposed to be a diesel Toyota pickup, the first of its kind in this series.

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Most experts speculate that it would an America-produced Cummings 5.0L, twin-turbocharged V8 that could possibly offer 300 horsepower and 550 pound-feet. This could be a major selling point of the upcoming model for not only would such a diesel Toyota Tundra variant have an enhanced towing capacity (increased by more than a whopping 12000 pounds) but would also be far more fuel efficient. Unlike the 2015 Tundra variants, which the company maintained were capable of providing 16 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on highway and 17 mpg in combined driving conditions, the Toyota Tundra diesel mpg ratings would be 10-30% higher. Such a fuel efficient turbo engine, though quite impressive, has already been seen in other brands’ models, including the most recent release of 2015 Nissan Titan. Even though the technology is therefore not novel, it will allow Toyota to catch up with its competition and finally market a mid-size pickup truck that falls within the top models of the segment.

While none of these speculations about the 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel specs have been officially confirmed, there is much popular faith in their accuracy. If these rumours do in fact turn out to be true, it would be a proud moment for Toyota, which will finally manage to improve its reputation and deliverance in the mid-size pickup truck segment of vehicle.

2016 TOYOTA TUNDRA PRICE

Since Toyota officials have not been kind enough to reveal any key information about the 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel launch and specifications, notions of its pricing are also based on the opinions of automobile experts. Most maintain that there will be no change in the pricing of the lower variants, with the base model being available at somewhere around $25,000. The higher end models would cap at $45,000 much like the variants of the TDR Pro kind.

However, given the modifications that are likely to be introduced in terms of modified interiors and even enhanced engine management, it is unlikely that there shall be absolutely no incremental increase in price. Moreover, the Toyota Tundra diesel price is most certainly going to exceed that of any available 2015 variant. Hence, one should reasonably expect the Tundra prices for the upcoming model to be higher, if ever so slightly, on account of improved technology, comfort, exterior appeal and performance.

Toyota Tundra Diesel Release Date

The 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel model is yet to be unveiled, though that is expected to be remedied soon. An aura of intrigue and mystery plagues the question of its unveiling and release date, since the Japanese automobile manufacturers have been keeping such details completely under the wraps. All that is know is that the vehicle is to be unveiled somewhere post mid-2015. The 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel release is also unknown though the grapevine suggests that it may hit the roads by the end of this year. Some sources however insist that the release has been postponed to the 2016. And the fact that the 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel is not listed on the “Upcoming Vehicles” tab of Toyota’s official website, there could be some truth to the latter assumption. This would be quite disappointing for those awaiting the vehicle’s arrival on the market.

The Rivals

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There are already many comparisons being drawn between Toyota’s upcoming Tundra 2016 model and existing and to-be-launched models by other brands. Amongst the prime competitors are Ford F-150, the 2015 Nissan Titan and Dodge Ram 1500. Interestingly, these vehicles are amongst the top models in segment, thus making Toyota’s job all the more tough. However, if it does manage to deliver all that is being assumed so far, it is likely that it the 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel may emerge superior to its contemporaries, especially on account of its allegedly high-performing diesel variant.

The Verdict

There are several facts that emerge out of this close scrutiny of Toyota Tundra’s much awaited 2016 release. One of course is that the Japanese manufacturer is in dire need of a highly successful vehicle in this segment. The fact that Toyota has neither produced very technologically sound or structurally marvellous models in the mid-sized pickup trucks is one of the very few blemishes on the company’s reputation.

Though it has managed to undo some of the damaging ridicule sent the way of previous models of the series with the 2015 Tundra model, the latter has not been a roaring success for sure. In fact, it is primarily Toyota loyalists who have been most impressed with the vehicle. Mostly, market opinion deems this pickup truck to be a decent truck that has multi-purpose value, but little efficiency in terms of fuel economy. The most lauded feature of this model has been the introduction of an off-roading trim level, which broadens the range of its usability and deliverance capacity.

Therefore, the 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel is likely to be a significant determinant of the company’s future in the pickup trucks’ market. If it does come up with a model that meets customer expectations, it may then see a perceptible improvement in sales figures and reputation. Since there are not too many overt changes in the technological and performative aspect of most variants, much is riding on the successful execution of the diesel powered one. Unless that proves robust and fuel efficient, Toyota may be in some trouble.

In this light, it is rather unfortunate that the launch of the 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel may be delayed to sometime next year. Competing brands are already significantly ahead and postponement can only be detrimental to Toyota’s purposes.

In fact, it is likely that by the time the new Tundra hits the roads, the market may have already been captured by some model of a more established brand of this segment. The biggest threats are of course Ford and Nissan, both of whose recent product launches and relatively positive history of successes in pickup trucks, make them a very big threat to Toyota’s survival in this segment. Another lukewarm response to its vehicle and the company will seriously need to reassess its position and low proficiency therein.

Having said that, there is nothing to suggest that the 2016 Toyota Tundra Diesel will necessarily fall short of expectations. The projected specifications are undeniably interesting and enthusing, and most experts believe that the company will manage to deliver. The apprehensions that do exist remain so on account of Toyota’s none-too-brilliant productions with regard to mid-size pickup trucks in the past. However, with a partial redemption with the largely so positive response to the 2015 model, some damage has been undone and for once, there is much excitement about a Toyota pickup truck launch.

Therefore, as the year progresses at a typically rapid pace, one only hopes that Toyota will unveil if not release the new vehicle before the end of the year. The recent debut of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma at the Detroit Auto Show was quite the attention-grabber. If a similar opening is arranged for the 2016 Tundra model, there shall be a heightened possibility of its success. As of now though, all we can do is wait; wait with bated breath. Hopefully, Toyota officials will break their frustrating silence soon and shed some light on the ongoings regarding this vehicle. Fingers crossed for its rapid unveiling and subsequent speedy launch!