We had huge expectations from this season. Most fans thought that was it – Toyota will launch the diesel version of its full-size truck. But no. Big disappointment will continue with 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel. We are sorry to say this, but the Japanese company has no intentions of launching such a model.
The entire industry expected diesel unit for 2019MY. Its main rivals, Ford, Chevy, and Ram presented their new pickups with diesel engines. Well, none of them is on the streets yet. However, they are existing and waiting for a green light by EPA to start production. And Toyota is still without response. From this stance, chances to see a hybrid or electric truck are bigger than the 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel. But, if the Japanese company wants to stay competitive, they will have to reconsider its decisions.
2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel Engine – Pros
Having a diesel engine will draw the attention of truckers that need to tow a lot. We assume, if the 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel happens eventually, that drivetrain will have less power but higher torque. Currently, Tundra can tow 10,200 pounds. A diesel engine with a similar displacement can do much better. The best engine currently for towing is a 5.7-liter V8. In case the diesel takes such size, we can count on 12,000 pounds or even more. Also, diesel engines are consuming less fuel. That is another advantage we will have to take into consideration.
First of all, the development will cost a lot. So, that will increase the price of the 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel. Add a higher maintenance cost. These two will make a better fuel economy and savings in this segment not so attractive. Also, there are problems with emission. Nowadays, hybrids and electric models are offering zero emissions, and diesels must go through a strict check before it ends up in production.
2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel Rivals
By the time Toyota decides to start selling Tundra Diesel, all its rivals will take truckers interested in these kinds of engines. Ram 1500, Chevy Silverado 1500, and Ford F-150 had presentations at last year’s NAIAS. These should arrive as the 2019 year models, but the scandal with fake emission reports by VW caused a delay. It is now up to EPA when it will give a green light to these models. Whatsoever, it is just a matter of time. The Japanese carmaker didn’t bring a concept yet. So, even if some magic happens and 2020 Tundra Diesel shows up at some car show, they will have to wait for the same procedure. It takes more than a year for its rivals.
Definitely, diesel engines are struggling and everything points to their discontinuation in the near future. The same expects petrol units, but not so soon. Whatsoever, even the most optimistic and environmental-friendly opinions are not sure if this process will end the production of diesel drivetrain by 2030. So, there is time for 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel to start a cycle. It is all up to company chiefs and estimations of the profit this truck could make.
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