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A couple of sites showing maybe new improvements on the upcoming tundras...
I hope my 06 lasts for a while.... it sure wont get traded in but i dont want it to feel too bad about itself when a 14' is parked next to it...
2014 Tundra – What To Expect | Tundra Headquarters
Over the next few months and years, we’ll be adding content to this page about the next major Tundra re-design to debut, projected to be a 2014 model available in 2013. What follows below is projected enhancements, categorized as definite, likely, and possible.
Please bookmark this post as it will be updated regularly
1. Larger fuel tank
. Based on comments from Toyota engineer Mike Sweers (the man currently in charge of designing and developing the next generation Tundra) in this Wall Street Journal article
, we know that the new truck will have a larger fuel tank.
2. More traditional styling
. From the same article above, we learn that the truck will have a more traditional and aggressive truck like look. Hopefully, we’ll see a glimpse of this new look in the next year or two on a Toyota concept.
3. New dash
. This is almost a foregone conclusion. While we may still see the over-sized knobs, we’ll definitely see better quality materials, new gauges, and a modified layout.
1. Direct injection
. Direct gasoline injection is a great way to improve fuel economy – it’s estimated that it can improve gas mileage from 5-10%, depending on the engine.
2. Variable valve lift
. Variable valve timing (VVT) is commonplace, but variable valve lift is still a newer feature on most vehicles. Toyota, long a fan of VVT, currently has a couple of engines running a variable-valve lift system. This should make it’s way into all Toyota vehicles in by the middle of the decade.
3. Electric steering
. Hydraulic steering pumps are less efficient than electric motors. GM and Ford both plan to move this into their full-size trucks soon, and Toyota will likely follow. In fact, this will be a common feature industry wide.
4. New frame design
. Between the Tundra frame rust
fiasco and complaints about harsh ride and bed bounce
, the current Tundra’s frame is a weak spot in many consumer’s eyes. While it’s true that Toyota’s frame is similar in design to heavy-duty trucks offered by GM and Ford, the fact of the matter is that the current frame doesn’t have a good reputation. Look for Toyota to come up with something new.
5. Integrated trailer brake controller
. If this feature isn’t already an option, it will be by 2014. Here’s to hoping it comes along sooner.
6. More configuration options
. We’ve been told that Toyota recognizes the Tundra’s limited configurations hamper sales – especially fleet sales. If Toyota allowed customers to pick and choose options, they could probably gain some sales.
7. A new smaller and more efficient V6
. Toyota is all but certain to bring a replacement to the 4.0L V6 to the Tundra (and Tacoma too).
NOTE: These items are based on informed speculation…but speculation none the less.
1. An HD version of the Tundra
. This seems to be the next big move for Toyota, but it will be interesting to see if they actually have the guts to do it. Creating an HD Tundra gives the brand another level of legitimacy, not to mention more sales. However, HD trucks must have a diesel option to be truly competitive. Considering the level of investment required to design, build, and test a new diesel – not to mention the strict emissions requirements – it’s hard to imagine Toyota will pursue this option. Still, some of the people we talk to seem to think it’s coming.
2. Engine stop-start
. This system shuts off the engine at stop lights and then quickly restarts when it’s time to go. It’s a pretty good idea, it saves fuel, and the technology has been around for years. The problem? The EPA’s fuel economy test doesn’t account for wasted gas at idle…so adding this system does nothing to improve a vehicle’s official fuel economy rating (dumb). If the EPA fixes this rule (and they may), we’ll see more stop-start systems.
Toyota's official response:
Toyota denies any reports of the discontinuation of the Sequoia. For obvious competitive reasons, Toyota does not discuss future product plans. Sequoia continues to be a profitable, high-quality vehicle for Toyota and several years remain in the life of the current generation. Our focus remains on building our vehicles, including the Sequoia, with the highest possible quality."
That said... It's definitely another 2014 thread but at least theres a lil more info about it.
Oh yeah, I do feel like punching my computer screen when I read the comments of people saying "oh this guy i saw said.... tundra is crap yadda yadda..." or "I hate the looks, it's just jap crap..... not patriotic..."
I almost hate those people lol... we own the trucks and few of us have problems if any, just like any other truck company.... but we have better, badder trucks then them anyways
Sorry for the rant, But I love my "Unreliable, crappy quality, POS Truck".... And I bet most of y'all do too