The full-size Toyota Tundra isn’t equally successful as the mid-size Toyota Tacoma which leads the game in the class. The Tundra was sold in 55, 792 examples in 2018 while the mid-size Tacoma had a demand of 116, 266 units. Toyota updated the Tacoma for the 2020 model year and the 2020 Tundra is also coming with several important upgrades. There are no mechanical upgrades for the new version although Toyota might discontinue the 4.6-liter V-8 engine. However, the brand finally introduced Apple Car Play and Android Auto which will be managed via the larger touchscreen. There will also be new body color options while the most attention gets the TRD Pro version which adds some styling tweaks and additional equipment.
However, while the Tundra TRD Pro is probably the best choice among other versions, there are also more inserting options worth considering. The 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport employs a sport-tuned suspension and upgrades the looks with some sport-style features. The model uses also unique interior details and comes with modern safety equipment. Unlike, the TRD Pro the TRD Sport and other versions will get fewer upgrades and they will be limited to the upgraded infotainment system and a few new features.
On the other hand, the all-new Tundra is in the works and the spy photos are the prof. The model will get an upgraded platform and more efficient powertrain including likely the hybrid unit. The styling will also evolve to the more modern form and we expect more sophisticated interior.
2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport: Design
Toyota hasn’t spread the upgrades for the new model across the trim range evenly. The TRD Pro version reintroduced for the 2019 model year gets most of the upgrades including visual ones. The 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport continues pretty much the same expect it should expand the body color list for Voodoo Blue and Cavalry Blue.
The Tundra equipped with Pro Sport package, on the other hand, has more sporty flair compared the rest of the range. The model gets more attention thanks to the unique grille style and large 20-inch alloy wheels. The eye-catchy detail is also the hood scoop while the body-color treatment is applied on the bumpers and mirrors. The model also uses LED headlights and taillights.
More substantial upgrades including structural and visual will be applied to the new-generation version which should arrive for the 2021 model year. Toyota will use an upgraded platform which should have the global use in the truck’s range and will provide significant benefits regarding the efficiency, weight and application of the new electric tech.
The new model year won’t bring notable design changes inside the model’s cabin which should be the case with the new generation version. The cabin of the Tundra is very functional and well-executed but lacks the level of refinement we can find in the class rivals. However, the important upgrade for the new model is an introduction of the upgraded infotainment system.
Toyota finally brings the Apple Car Play and Android Auto support to its truck range and it will be accompanied by the new, larger 8-inch touchscreen. There will also be a navigation system, satellite and HD radio and strong sound system in the TRD Sport version. The model will also include specific details like the TRD shift knob and floor mats.
Toyota will also equip every Tundra with the suite of advanced safety systems. The model will use adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking.
2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport: Powertrain
The 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport remains powered by the mighty 5.7-liter i-FORCE V-8 engine. The engine generates 381 horsepower and torque of 401 pound-feet. The part of the package is an automatic gearbox and model can be had with two-speed transfer case and A-TRAC system.
The Tundra TRD Sport features also unique, sport-tuned suspension and improved braking system. The model uses sport-tuned shocks and upgraded sway bars.
The fuel economy isn’t the good side of the model and it should return 15 mpg city and 17 mpg highways.
2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport: Release, Price
The 2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport and the rest of range will go on sale this fall. The price could be increased slightly. The TRD Sport should demand more than $40, 000.