No, the truck you are looking at isn’t a prototype of the new generation Toyota Tundra. It’s too early for Toyota to introduce the completely redesigned vehicle. Instead, the Japanese car manufacturer is working on one more update. The refreshed model will be introduced during this year as the 2018 Toyota Tundra, while the next-generation Toyota’s full-size pickup truck won’t arrive before 2020.
The testing model you see is spotted in California. It gets just a mild refresh of the front end, while the rear stays unchanged for now. The nose sports an all-new grille. Yes, it’s completely camouflaged, but we see it’s getting a mesh treatment with horizontal slats. There are certain changes on the hood as well. As you may notice, there is a large scoop, which should serve as an additional cooler for the engine. Tundra’s prototype also hides the headlights, so we assume there will be some change as well. The lights should be pretty much the same as we TRD’s that’s introduced earlier today. The carmaker might also add the all-new and more attractive alloy wheels, but nothing more.
The interior will definitely get some kind of update. However, do not expect anything radical here. The truck might get new upholstery, refreshed dash, and possibly Toyota’s latest infotainment. They should also add Safety Sense equipment that includes a precollision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.
We don’t think that the refreshed 2018 Toyota Tundra could get anything new under the hood. Some reports indicate that the manufacturer plans to add a new 10-speed automatic transmission, but we think that the pickup won’t get it before the arrival of the new generation model. As for the 2018 Tundra TRD Sport, it was introduced today at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show with a 5.7-liter, 381-horsepower V8.
Since the manufacturer introduced just the TRD model today in Windy City, the rest of Tundra’s refreshed troupe should make the official debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show.