Next-Gen Toyota Tundra Set for 2014; Sequoia Future Uncertain

Next-Gen Toyota Tundra Set for 2014; Sequoia Future Uncertain

When it arrived on the scene, the genuinely full-sized, second generation Toyota Tundra appeared to have the goods to take on the likes of Ford, GM and Dodge. With it’s brawny styling, 381 horsepower iForce 5.7-liter V8 and 10,800 towing capacity, along with Toyota’s reputation for quality, ads declared  “the truck that’s changing it all.” However, after getting off to a healthy start, the Tundra hasn’t enjoyed anywhere near the success its maker originally hoped.

Despite selling almost 100,000 units for 2008, demand has tapered off and less than 80,000 units found owners last year. The economy is no doubt partly to blame, but the Tundra hasn’t been well received on many fronts. The trucks are indifferently put together by Toyota’s usual standards and were included among the high-profile recalls that have plagued the company over the last few years. As demand has slumped, Toyota has also centralized all Tundra production at the Texas plant original conceived to produce it, with Tacomas now joining it on the assembly line to take up the slack in sales.

However despite these issues, sources inside the giant Japanese automaker have said that a next generation Tundra is on the drawing board, likely scheduled for release as a 2014 model, even despite impending (and tough) fuel economy standards slated to take effect for 2016.

What kind of powertrains and features this new Tundra will incorporate however, have yet to be determined; but with Nissan and likely Ford and GM set to introduce new or significantly revised full-size 1/2 ton pickups in 2014; it would seem there’s logic in Toyota’s decision to persevere in the full-size pickup market, even though the Tundra’s SUV cousin, the Sequoia, will likely be canned in the near future.

[Source: Pickup]

  • Cheryl

    When will a heated steering wheel be an option for the Tundra?

  • Greg P

    Looking forward to the 2014 Tundra Platinum. love driving a true American made Truck. continue avertising this and how Ford,Chevy and Dodge get most of their parts from china,mexico and anywhere else but the US.

  • Joe

    I’m more interested engine and powertrain upgrades. 400hp 450lbs torque!

  • Reginald

    Why woud you want to stop making the Toyota Sequoia, thats probably one of the best SUV’s ever made. If you ask me I say its time to shut the doors on the FJ Cruiser instead of the Toyota Sequoia SMH

  • macky

    people are buying sequoia as a cheaper alternative to landcruiser

  • Herb

    If you want a cheaper alternative to the Landcruiser, get a 4Runner. Has all the off road abilities but a 270+ HP V6 that gets better gas mileage.

  • Nathan

    I Agree with Reginald. The FJ Cruiser must go. Even though its one of the best off roaders. With the Tundra and Seguoia. There like walmart and lowes. Where ever a walmart is. Lowes is right there near it.

  • disqus_1Gek3mTdn7

    I agree! I have had 2 Sequoias (2004 & 2008) and I am looking fwd to buying a 3rd redesigned Seq. In my opinion, its the overall best full-size SUVon the mkt and the best vehicle Toyota has! It saddens me to think it might be discontinued!!!