2018 Toyota Tundra Spied Again Showing New Front End


A different prototype is being tested in Los Angeles, California.

In early February, spy photographers managed to catch a white Toyota Tundra prototype testing, which appear to have the honeycomb grille of the recently revealed Tundra TRD Sport, confirming the Japanese automaker is giving its pickup a facelift to tide it over until the redesigned model arrives in 2020. Now another prototype has surfaced, with what appears to be a higher trim level putting the new front end through its paces.

Up front there’s a new grille, hood and headlights that will give the Tundra a refreshed look. But since only the front is camouflaged, it’s likely the changes won’t be as extensive as those the model received in 2014.

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The refresh could come with engine tweaks, along with a possible 10-speed automatic transmission used in the Lexus LC and LS, although that could be held back until the next-generation model arrives.

The current Toyota Tundra made its debut at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show before Toyota extensively refreshed it in time for the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. But since the 2017 Chicago Auto Show has already passed, the 2018 Toyota Tundra should make its debut elsewhere before the end of the year.

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  • Superslif

    What about a power-train upgrade? The 5.7 is a proven power plant, but I think they have fallen behind in towing capacity in the 1/2 ton market.

  • Paul

    I have a 2013 Rock Warrior and am shocked at how ugly the new front ends are on the Tundras!! Its AMAZING that the font they used for Toyota is so bad and they allowed it on the front of their Trucks!!! Hopefully, the new design is better!!!

  • Kenneth Gaigler

    You got that correct. They are being left behind by all manufactures. About all they are going to be good for is carrying the groceries. Hope they wake up that the Tundra is was supposed to be a truck.

  • dubbreak

    Exactly what I was going to say. New grill?! How about a new drivetrain?

    Nissan upgraded the 5.6 and now the 5.7 Tundra is worst in class fuel economy. That’d be ok if it had best in class power, but it definitely doesn’t. The 2.7EB is the sweet spot for 1/2 ton power plants. Good fuel economy around town and can still tow. It’s all I’d ever need in a truck.

    That’s the Toyota way though. Favour reliability over fuel economy. The 4.0 in the 4Runner is ancient too. You’d think both it and the 5.7 would at least have d-4s by now. The transmissions are ancient too. They have newer ones in the Lexus trucks but they haven’t let those trickle down yet.

    I’ll be in the market for a new truck this summer, but it looks like Toyota isn’t going to be the answer.

  • Muzzled ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

    you people are crazy

  • Muzzled ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

    I don’t believe so, Tundra rated at 10,200 pounds is not the same thing as 10,200 with Ford, Ford uses different formula than Toyota. Toyota is much closer to the truth. I was running heavy trailer loads of rock fill with a friend , his was a heavy duty Ford 250 and mine the Tundra, same loads same results on acceleration and going uphill and his Ford is rated at 17,000 pounds…we were both surprised that they were pretty much equals

  • Bill Strader

    Six. Foot. Bed. or GTFO. I could care less what the front end looks like. They still haven’t directly replaced the 2006 Tundra.

  • Daniel Clark

    WTF are they trying to look like a Ford. That front end looks bad

  • Sam Barnette

    Very True. Good comment . Also , the present 5.7 engine is putting out 401 lbs. Of torque at only 3600 rpms. My wife and I drove 100 miles to pick up about 500 lbs. Of wheat to plant for the Deer and I got 19.4 mpg at 70 miles an hour and my 5.7 has 215,000 miles on it . Keep it under 2000 rpm .

  • dfence1802

    I am past due for a new truck but really don’t care for the look of the updates so far. Looks like I will have to wait until 2020 and hope for the best as I refuse to drive anything other than a Toyota.

  • Boats & Hoes

    As if the other options in the 1/2 ton market are any better. Sure, I’d take the great resale, the reliability and quality over fuel economy. Call me old fashioned I suppose.

  • gadsdengurl

    UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry Toyota but you can’t beat the integrated look of the 2008. No new truck for me thanks.

  • Davy Crockett

    No way with the 5.7. I drive my tundra everywhere. average 14.5 MPG combo driving. Straight highway is only 15.4 MPG. Towing the RV (8000#) 9.0 MPG. You cannot go by the digital readout.

  • SDviaVa

    10-speed transmission…give me a break…I’m sure that will be just as durable as the 6-speed. It’s sad the hoops they jump through to try to boost mpg by 1.

  • Muzzled ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

    It’s an older article, there are photos of the 2018 with the cover off, grill is cool that’s about it

  • Muzzled ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ

    Mine’s a pig too, but if I drive close to 60 MPH on not so hilly roads I can muster as high as 20 MPG. having said that, any aggressive gas peddle and it sucks it up bigly, 14.5 MPG maybe at 80 MPH

  • destravlr .

    Doesn’t look as if it will be any easier to park in the Costco parking lot; and Costco’s are better than average. 2011 is a bear to park and is saved only by the rear camera. Have considered installing front fender cameras.

  • destravlr .

    Am surprised that so many are affected by looks. This is transportation folks. Want performance (not speed), reliability, and ease of operation and maintenance.

  • Reinhardt Schweinmörder

    Tundra NEEDS to have a design (owner select) for those who want a freakin’ work truck. That means power=torque, 4WD or 2WD with limited slip, simple interior with appropriate analog gauges, heavy duty suspension options, big brake kit, transmission cooler and even a PTO off of the front differential. Toyota needs to fill that utility need, and provide decent options like the Ford does. That’s an entire niche market Toyota dismisses. I don’t need Napa leather all around and a freakin’ moonroof. Listen the hell up Toyota.

  • ChopLicker

    Don’t forget about adding a solid diesel to the line up as well.

  • dubbreak

    If I lived in the US with cheap gas I might think the same. At at $4+ per gallon (USD) it makes a difference.

    Toyota may hold resale value best, but gm and ford aren’t bad. I’m not sure what you mean by quality. Reliability for sure, but Tundra interiors are not amazing. They are sufficient.

    I own 2 Toyotas primarily for reliability. They do everything well but aren’t the best at anything. The trade-off is I spend very little time servicing my vehicles.

    I see no compelling reason to buy a new Tundra until they make it competitive. The 2007 was amazing at the time. The 2018 is meh.

  • Joe Hughes

    I am sticking with my 98 T100 I put Bilstein shocks in the front last year just like the new trd Tundra.

  • Charles

    I’ll keep my 08 for now, but resale is going down the longer i keep it waiting for something new. Might have to look else where.

  • Spock

    Just when I got used to the ’14-’17 front end! I’m keeping my ’12 though….way too much $ in it. The ’18 to get an 8spd and hopefully a bump in power.

  • Spock

    Keep it! Get a used or new-in-box supercharger and have some fun!

  • Spock

    Yes! With 900 ft lbs of torque like the big three! Hmmm…might have to take a look

  • Spock

    I have a ’12 and I hear ya!

  • Brian Kelly

    Ugly. But it won’t look much diff than the current models.

  • Danny

    Golly Bum!!! that is one ugly truck.! They must have gotten the designer from GMC to design that freakin’ Tundra. NO THANKS! I’ll keep my 2007 which happens to be the toughest, finest looking Tundra on the road today; and it still looks like it came off the showroom floor! The guy who designed the new Tundra must have been smoking cow crap. And the guy who approved the design must have given it to him!!! Damn ugly!!

  • Danny

    While I’m at it, the interior is sub par and a total embarrassment compared to the comfort level of Ford. But, I digress. Toyota has always been disappointing when it comes to comfort over reliability. And, American has been disappointing when it comes to reliability over comfort, Let’s breing both together. As for the ride. my 2007, single cab short bed had such a forward rake to the ride that it was a very uncomfortable ride. I put a leveling kit on it and dropped the rear end 3 1/4″. I rides like a Cadillac now! WHAT A DIFFERENCE the leveling kit made. Amazing!

  • Spyderman550

    Yuck! Looks worse than its predecessors. I hope the Tacoma doesn’t follow suit. Toyota had better get some opinions from prospective buyers before the shove such an ugly POS onto showroom floors.

  • Spyderman550

    As long as one is paying over $40-45-60 thou for a truck, it should have good styling, along with good engineering. Why spend all that money for a truck that people hold their noses when the truck goes past?

  • Ry

    It’s a truck. What truck this size parks really well? None! It’s you want it to park easy, buy a corrola!