Come 2016, the option list for the next-gen Tundra will include a Cummins 5.0-liter turbo diesel. That oil-burner is predicted to be rated at 300+ horsepower and, in true diesel form, more than 500 lb-ft of torque. This should make Nissan product planners sit up and mumble “rats,” as this appears to be the same engine being developed for the redesigned Titan, which debuts next year.
While there are still some reasons to wonder what Toyota is planning here (which I’ll get into below), odds are good the 2016 Tundra is a gettin’ a Cummins Diesel.
North Texas Toyota dealers have an interesting take on the corporate companies relocation to that area. They hope Toyota executives see first-hand all the full-size trucks on the road and this will spur them to commit more resources to the Tundra.
UPDATE: There has been a lot of media outlets lately (like this Autonews story) talking about what Bill Fay, Toyota Division General Manager, comments on expanding production of the Tundra and moving production of the Tacoma. Just a reminder, we reported on this months ago. Here is our original post.
Lost in the frantic news and reviews of the 2014 Tundra is a most interesting tidbit. It seems Toyota’s Chief Engineer Mike Sweers alluded to Toyota building more Tundra pickups and different variations of it are coming soon. Say what?
The latest hubbub has been all over the forums and automotive news sites about Toyota considering a Cummins diesel engine. While it has been fun watching the all the buzz, it is time for us to weigh in. I talked with Toyota’s national brand manager, here is the real deal.
Toyota will begin shipping a new cab-over-engine Class 5 Hino work truck to select U.S. markets sometime in the third quarter. While that isn’t so exciting, the turbo-diesel electric-hybrid powertrain developed for this truck is creating quite a stir for Toyota Tundra fans. This powertrain could be adapted to be an option for future Tundras.