Spy photos from Trucks.com are out on a possible 2020 Toyota Tundra spied driving around their technical facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is expected to make its debut at the upcoming 2019 Chicago Auto Show.
The full-size Toyota Tundra has been the automaker’s largest truck offering for years growing from the T-100 into its current size. While battling the Big 3, it has stayed at a near constant 10k vehicles a month sold while sharing space at the San Antonio, Texas plant with the Toyota Tacoma. Now with expanded plant capacity on the horizon, it looks like Toyota is ramping up to catch up with the competition.
The spy photos show a new front-end and box design is likely while the current generation cabin looks to be a carryover.
On the front, we can see what appears to be a new design and a new design for the headlamps probably with new LEDs and DRL design. Also, there could be new design lines on the fenders.
For the rear, the entire box is covered leading one to believe there are changes on its design and maybe even the material used. The Toyota Tacoma has used a composite, plastic bed for years to cut down on weight and the Tundra might be joining suit.
There is also question on what’s going on underneath the box. A lot of attention seems to be paid to hiding the rear-axle leading some speculation of an independent-rear suspension or a coil-link suspension getting rid of the solid axle. This type of change would improve ride quality and drop weight.
Speaking of dropping weight, the Tundra has been one of the heaviest half-ton trucks on the market for sometime. The new design could be more about dropping weight as well as the rear axle to help it achieve a rumored target of 30 MPG highway.
They will likely need the help of a hybrid engine from Lexus and at least an 8-speed transmission to get there. Although, a turbo-charged V6 with enough weight loss might be able to do the same thing. Some people are holding off hope for a diesel variant, but this is hard to see with Toyota’s past negative view on diesels.
Our speculation is we will see this at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show coming up in the first full week of February. Until then, we can only look at the pictures and speculate.