The Tundra is probably one of the longest running trucks on the market today. Released more than a decade ago, it still manages to compete with its much newer rivals mostly thanks to its rugged build quality. However, the truck is definitely getting dated and a new model will have to be released soon in order to remain competitive. Despite that it looks like Toyota is not ready to discontinue the current truck. Not that long ago the 2018 Toyota Tundra has been revealed with minimal changes over its predecessor. This brings a few new features to the market as well as a new trim level but that’s about it. Considering that Toyota also discontinued some features from the truck, it is safe to assume the truck won’t be around for much longer.
No more TRD Pro?
This was Toyota’s flagship trim level for the Tundra which offered a lot of off-road performance parts. These not only allowed to truck to go in pretty much any type of off-road conditions but the trim level also offered great value for money. With the removal of this trim level they also discontinued the regular-cab model meaning the Tundra will only be available with four-doors. This is likely because the cheaper model was no longer competitive. Because of that we can also expect the price of the truck to go up by a good amount.
A new TRD model
With the 2018 Toyota Tundra they also announced the TRD Sport trim level. Unlike the Pro, which was an off-road specific version of the truck, the Sport is meant for high performance on-road use. In fact the Sport is mostly identical to the new Sequoia TRD Sport and it brings some really interesting upgrades. For starters, the truck gets a new set of Bilstein shocks and new springs which should minimize body-roll.
On top of that the truck gets larger 20 inch diamond-cut wheels wrapped in all-season performance road tires. With this new trim level the Tundra also receives a few cosmetic updates. These include a new honeycomb grille in the front, new LED DRLs as well as different headlights. The truck also received a slightly different bumper and even a large hood-scoop on the hood. These alone make the new Tundra look considerably more aggressive than its predecessor. It is worth mentioning the new grille design can also be seen on the higher end versions of the Tundra.
2018 Toyota Tundra a safer truck
The 2018 Toyota Tundra also received quite a few safety technologies when compared to the outgoing model. All versions of the truck will now come with Toyota’s Safety Sense P suite of safety features.
This includes things like a collision warning and avoidance system, pedestrian detection, automatic high-beams and adaptive cruise control as well as a lane-departure system. These alone should be well worth the upgrade over its predecessor.
The new Tundra didn’t receive just a bunch of new safety features but also quite a bit of technology inside the cabin. Here the truck boasts a brand new instrument cluster which new gauges as well as a larger 4.2 inch color information screen which now resides between the tachometer and speedometer.
On top of that there is a new infotainment system which boasts a more comprehensive set of apps that should make the life of the passengers much easier. Unfortunately most of its powertrain options remain the same as before. The truck will still get the same 6 speed automatic as before and it will come with roughly the same engines too. It looks like an update is still at least a couple of years away meaning the 2018 version of the Tundra will likely end up being also its best.