Spied: New Grille for 2018 Toyota Tundra

2018 Tundra 2 II

Our spy photographers have caught a partially covered 2018 Toyota Tundra out in the wild, and it looks like there may be some small trim changes in store for the full-size pickup. We know Toyota is adding a TRD Sport trim level to the 2018 model-year lineup. It will be at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, but we won't see the 2018 Tundra until September. In the meantime, here's what our spy shooters shared:

"Toyota looks to give the Tundra another update before an all-new version appears sometime around 2020. This model's camouflaged front end makes it appear that the revisions will be far less comprehensive than the ones the truck received for 2014.

"Expect a new grille, hood, headlights, taillights and revised trim pieces to keep the Tundra fresh for another couple of years. We're also hearing some engine tweaks may be in the works. A new 10-speed automatic that first appeared in the Lexus LC and LS models could also be slated for all of Toyota's rear-drive vehicles, including the Tundra, but it's not clear if it will show up before the redesigned Tundras make their debut."

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Comments

Aye-yai-yai !! This truck is woefully stuck in the past... I'm sure the big T can afford new digs.

Nothing New here just like Dodge Ram...

The big 3 wish they could do what Toyota does on the Tundra. Basically no updates except cosmetic restyling and the Toyota truck plant still runs at full capacity running overtime selling every truck they make with no incentives.

Honestly Toyota should have done at least the 8 speed and D4S 5.7, but I guess when you have a plant running over 100% capacity who cares? Until the sales drop I don't think Toyota will do any major updates to the Tundra.

I wonder if the parts under that camo look anything like the parts in YESTERDAY's Tundra post on THIS PAGE.

How exciting! lets get a new grill rather than replace or update our 11 year old power train.. We don't need competitive fuel economy numbers, we got a new grill.. Elocker, nope we did a new grill..

Catch up toyota, that's embarrassing.

http://cars.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451b3c669e201b8d25e2463970c-pi

This makes a lot of sense. Show the camo truck and thoughts on what might be new. The day after all the truck is unveiled.

@OXI, nope actually just turned 40, I like new and change, not old and plain

When a truck does everything asked of it, why change it? Tundra has a strong and dependable power train that is simple. These 8 and 10 speed transmissions everyone wants will only cause more problems. My motto...if it's not broken, don't try to fix it.

It's overpriced and not competitive.

@guest, my point exactly.....why change it? Its not to "change" it, but rather, IMPROVE it.

How about some new engine choices and maybe a 3/4 ton model please? Its a solid alternative to the big 3 minus 1 but its so so so vanilla not that that's bad... but its um not great.

THQ has nothing on this. Last post was the christmas light post in December 2016. I remember when that joke of a site used to bash the Big 3 for all of their upgrades. Then they would praise the Tundra and claim that all of these upgrades were coming and they never would come. RIP THQ.

When a truck does everything asked of it, why change it? Tundra has a strong and dependable power train that is simple. These 8 and 10 speed transmissions everyone wants will only cause more problems. My motto...if it's not broken, don't try to fix it.


Posted by: Guest | Feb 10, 2017 11:24:17 AM

I guess you're ok with poor fuel mileage.

@frank

Dude. Fuel Economy? Really?

Have you been to a gas station during the last four years? Gas is cheap. FE is not a priority unless you work for the CAFE boys in Washington.

Do you drive more than 20k miles per year? If not, why worry. Fuel is cheap and there's no prospect for prices changing unless there's a war or something.

@papajim,

I was solely rebutting his argument that if it aint broke don't fix it. The Tundra can and will benefit from upgraded Transmission.

Why wouldn't someone want better Fuel Economy.

Why wouldn't someone want better Fuel Economy.
Posted by: Frank | Feb 10, 2017 5:30:37 PM

Because increasing fuel economy may increase cost of the vehicle and makes it less safe.

Toyota's problem is they lowest quality truck at the highest price.

Toyota makes real durable trucks, fuel economy and all the gagets they put on some of the other trucks are not in Toyotas cards nor do they care about fuel economy on a pickup truck.

Toyota makes real durable trucks, fuel economy and all the gagets they put on some of the other trucks are not in Toyotas cards nor do they care about fuel economy on a pickup truck.

Posted by: Jim | Feb 10, 2017 6:30:47 PM

@ Jim; wrong, of course they care - it's more because they've being left behind so far it's too costly for them to keep up. Their sales volume does not warrant more frequent updates like Ford & others so it makes more business sense for a complete makeover every 9-10 yrs which will help recover their investment.

At another view; they've also accepted their defeat & realized their halo full size truck could never play in the same league as the big 3 in sales. So it's better to stay small, be content with the numbers their factories can pump out at full capacity just enough to match the demand so no heavy discounting is required. Further more, with the age of the platform, all the bugs being worked out (well except rust) which helps tremendously with their biggest asset; reliability. In other words, a smart business move.

But then again knowing how they are from the years I've worked with Japanese firms; they usually plan 5-10 yrs or more down the road very silently & cautiously.
So who knows what Toyota has installed for the next full refresh of the TUNDRA...watch out!!

Nothing New here just like Dodge Ram...


Posted by: Vincent D. | Feb 10, 2017 8:31:23 AM

Compared to who?

RAM has air suspension and load level. Does your truck?

RAM has coils in the rear. Does your truck?

RAM has the best aero and the highest mpg including mid size.

RAM has a solid boxed frame stem to stern. Does your truck?

RAM has the RAM box option does your truck?

RAM is the longest lasting truck on the road. Is your truck.

This will be my next truck.

RAM is the most unsafe truck on the road. How is your truck rated?

RAM is the most unsafe truck on the road. How is your truck rated?


Posted by: Lionel | Feb 10, 2017 8:11:14 PM

Haven't tested mine. Look up your numerous Ford recalls and tell me who's dangerous. lol

@lionel,

"On May 9, 2016 in Manchester NH our 2015 Ford F150 Lariat spontaneously caught fire and destroyed itself and a car in the adjacent parking spot. The vehicle was parked a few feet outside our office window when smoke came pouring out of the hood of the truck. The truck was unattended, was NOT running, just suddenly started burning out of control. It eventually burnt to the ground, destroying the front of our office concrete walls, office windows, pavement, and the car next to it."

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/f150_fires.htm

"Their sales volume does not warrant more frequent updates like Ford & others so it makes more business sense for a complete makeover every 9-10 yrs which will help recover their investment."

How long did ford wait to update their trucks?

"Ford Recalls Super Duty Trucks With Fire Risk"!!!!!!

2017 Rolling Ford BBQ. GIT R DONE!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgLYuI48ifI

@Hemi V8, Get a grip and take a cold shower please.

How long did RAM wait to update their trucks?

P.S Ram 1500 are also being offered from A.E.V.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbwgYHImZ8s&t=71s

Or you can WINCH IT! A.E.V. Prospector right off RAMS lot under full factory warranty.

My 3.5 eco-boost throttle body keeps sticking open so I just take the hose off and stick a screwdriver in there and pry it closed and that corrects it.
Just so I don't "floor" the gas pedal it won't stick open again.

@Bankruptinpa

I've got almost 90k miles on my Silverado V8. Never once had to stick a screwdriver in the throttle body. Never had the hose off. Only times I ever pop the hood is to change oil or check fluids.

Sorry about that F150 sticking open. That could get pretty exciting.

WHAT happened to all of the chevy complainers SQUARE WHEELWELLS NOW THAT slant eyes toyata HAS SQURE WHELL WELLS????????

WHAT happened to all of the chevy complainers SQUARE WHEELWELLS NOW THAT slant eyes toyata HAS SQURE WHELL WELLS????????

Posted by: bobby | Feb 11, 2017 9:03:21 AM

Because they are not completely square...duh!?...compare again shaky GOVT motor square wheel wells to Toy makers...OK..kabish!

Another Ford article. This site so biased



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