Toyota is planning for a mid-cycle update for their Tundra 2018 model with an introduction of a new the TRD sport. The automaker is known for its off-road rugged pick-up trucks. Those with the Toyota Racing Development (RTD) insignia being the toughest in this lineup. The forthcoming 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport is an uplifted version of the 2015 model. The new truck design adds a perfect mix of utility, like performance, comfort and towing.
2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport Exterior Design
The famous Japanese truck is offered in both 4×4 and 4×2 grades. It will be available in a Double cab and CrewMax configurations. Among the key external upgrades are color keyed mirrors and hood scoop, tuned Bilstein dampers, redesigned front and rear bumpers and back anti-roll sway bars and a fresh mesh grille featuring body-color surround. “Billet style” front grille will be used for the 1794 Edition and Limited trim levels. Also coming standard are the Daytime Running LED headlights and fog lights(spend less power and gives more illumination). The rear end presents LED indicator lights and TRD cat-back exhaust system.
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The full-size pickup rides on massive black-accented 20-inch aluminum alloy sports wheels, which gives it a real dose of an off-road ride. We are expecting the new Toyota Tundra TRD Sport 2018 chassis to adopt lightweight designing courtesy aluminum materials in combination with high strength steel. The lightweight aluminum structure will help in shedding off the weight of the vehicle hence improved aerodynamic power and fuel efficiency. High-strength steel is a common trend for most of the current off-road pickup-trucks largely due to the impressive road stability it offers. You have a choice of up to five exterior color finishes including Barcelona Red Metallic, Magnetic Gray, Super White, Blazing Blue Pearl, and Midnight Black Pearl.
Toyota Tundra TRD Sport 2018 Interior
Getting inside the Tundra TRD Sport 2018 year model, consumers will get access to modern infotainment features 3-zone automatic climate control, air conditioner, satellite navigation system, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both the Double cab and CrewMax configurations offer a spacious cabin with sufficient headroom and legroom. The interior comes with quality leather material upholstery both on the seats and the steering wheel, hence ensuring comfort.
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The dashboard also receives some impressive updates with widescreen display touchscreen. Toyota’s Safety Sense P (TSS-P) suite is offered standard featuring an array of safety equipment like pedestrian detection, lane- departure, pre-collision warning systems, and adaptive cruise control. TRD shift knob and the TRD Sport floor mats enhance the interior cabin designing. New 2018 Tundra TRD Sport entertainment equipment includes a premium sound system with compatible USB interface, HD satellite radio, Bluetooth audio connectivity as well as CD/MP3/MP4 player.
Engine and Performance
Under the hood, the truck retains the 5.7-liter i-Force V-8. The powertrain performance has been enhanced to 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. It will be mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission system or an optional electronically controlled 2-speed transfer system. Four-wheel drive (4WD) configuration is offered standard with Toyota’s A-TRAC system, which features differential braking system. In this system, the brakes are used as a substitute for locking differential. Consumers can also go for the RWD version which is offered optionally.
The A-TRAC is responsible for keeping the wheels spin to the minimum by applying the brakes to the wheels without any traction. Fuel economy seems to be the only downfall of the V-8 drivetrain. In a 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport with RWD that we tested, the truck managed to deliver a fuel economy of 13 miles per gallon for city drive, 18 mpg on the highway and a combined EPA of 15 mpg. The manufacturer is yet to comment on the other performance details acceleration and top speed.
Price and Release Date
The automaker is yet to comment on the official release date for the forthcoming 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport. However, considering that the pickup truck made its debut at 2017 Chicago Auto show event, we are anticipating that it will be released towards the end of this year. It will be released alongside Toyota Rav4 Adventure and Toyota Sequoia TRD sport. MSRP is also still a mystery though there are high chances that the vehicle will be priced between $30,000 and $50,000.
2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport photos