2014 Tundra Rumor – No Major Exterior Changes?
According to a post on TundraSolutions, an employee at an Indianapolis area dealership claimed to have seen some preliminary images of the 2013/2014 Tundra. The employee said that the next-generation Tundra will have only minor exterior changes, with slight modifications to the grille and tail lights.
It’s certainly possible that Toyota would make only incremental changes to the truck’s appearance, but that’s not what we’ve heard, nor does that jive with some previously published news from the Wall Street Journal that indicated Toyota would be going with “more traditional styling.”
Still, rumors from dealership sources have proven to be accurate in the past, and it stands to reason that some Toyota dealers have seen some early images of the upcoming Tundra (in fact, it’s pretty common for Toyota to give dealers vehicle previews a full year in advance of their launch date). The reasons we’re inclined to think that the next Tundra will have substantial styling changes are:
- The Tundra’s current design is a bit polarizing, so there’s no harm in changing it
- The newest fuel economy regulations effectively encourage manufacturers to maximize aerodynamic efficiency and decrease vehicle size, and obviously these changes will impact style
- We know Toyota has completely turned over design to Toyota USA, and the head of this design team is on record calling for styling changes. “Bold” styling changes, in fact.
The rumor on TundraSolutions also indicated that engine changes would be minor, sort of like the recent Rav4 upgrade. This jives with what we’ve heard – as you can see on our official 2013/2014 Tundra page, we’ve been told that at least one engine in the next-gen Tundra will have direct injection.
Other than styling and engine changes, we anticipate a whole host of different changes driven by consumer requests. For a full list of what we think will be changed, check our 2014 Tundra – What to Expect Post.
What do you think – will the next-gen Tundra be significantly restyled, or will it look a lot like the current model? Also, would keeping the same styling be a bad thing?
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