The Toyota Tundra will makes its debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show with a light refresh that adds new safety equipment, slight styling changes and, most excitingly, a sporty new trim level, the TRD Sport. The TRD Sport becomes the seventh available trim package for the Tundra. The Tacoma mid-size already offers a TRD Sport trim and it will fill the same role on the larger Tundra, serving as a "tweener" pickup that provides a boost in off-road capability without having to spring for the full-blown TRD Pro off-road package. The refresh for most of the Tundra lineup is relatively minor, where the exterior is mostly consistent with last year's model; however, select trims will get a mesh grille and several smaller exterior design changes. The Limited and 1794 Edition trims will get a new "billet style" front grille instead.
The TRD Sport will be offered in both CrewMax and double-cab configurations in five colors: Super White, Magnetic Gray, Midnight Black Pearl, Blazing Blue Pearl and Barcelona Red Metallic. The new trim (also available for the full-size Sequoia SUV) adds a hood scoop, 20-inch silver alloy wheels with black accents, LED headlights, a mesh grille, a TRD Sport shift knob and floormats, and a TRD Sport graphic on the side of the bed.
The Tundra's two V-8 engines and transmission carry over from 2017, so the 310-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 and the 381-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 will remain unchanged. As before, the factory six-speed automatic is the only available transmission.
The TRD Sport will be offered only with the larger V-8 in 4x2 or 4x4 configurations. It also gets TRD-Sport-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers and TRD front and rear anti-sway bars to improve its on-pavement stability and help with carrying heavy loads.
Finally, as a part of Toyota's push to include automatic emergency braking in most of its vehicles by the 2018 model year, the 2018 Tundra will add Toyota Safety Sense-P as standard equipment across all trim levels. TSS-P includes a precollision system with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, lane departure alert, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control. These features give the Tundra a leg up on most of the competition in the segment, especially when comparing entry-level trim levels.
Pricing will not be released for the 2018 models or the TRD Sport until closer to their on-sale date in September.