The new 2019 Toyota Sequoia is out. Again, this is a stunning SUV with a lot of potential. Whatsoever, we expect updates during next season. The most interesting is definitely a possible addition of a diesel engine. As the close sibling to Tundra and Tacoma trucks, this SUV could borrow a unit from one of these models when they come to market. We believe that will be redesigned and it represents the third generation which will be based on the new Tundra.
News about 2019 Toyota Sequoia Diesel are more interesting than the possible update of the TRD Pro package. Well, these two will make a combination with incalculable boost of the off-road ride quality. The torque from a diesel engine and features that TRD Pro suite adds can create the unstoppable machine. The company is about to announce this powertrain. Cummins is the company that will deliver a powertrain for 2019 Sequoia Diesel.
Currently, Cummins is not producing adequate engine for the 2019 Toyota Sequoia. This company delivers big displacements with high-output for heavy-duty trucks and construction machines. As one of the leaders in the segment, they will be the best option for Toyota to deliver a smaller unit. So far, Toyota is making their own diesel engines, but for the best efficiency rating, they will need a help from the proven engineering company.
Standard model is using a 5.7-liter V8 displacement. Engineers of the 2019 Toyota Sequoia diesel have a choice – V6 or V8. In first case, that could be a 1KD-FTV engine. A 3.0-liter unit is capable to produce 200 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. If we compare it to standard petrol outputs, Sequoia will need more power. A 5.7-liter gasoline drivetrain returns 380 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Other possibility is Toyota’s V8 engine available for Land Cruiser 70 Series in some markets. However, the 1VD-FTV will need to cut emissions to appear in the US. Again, the drivetrain is short on power. But, it can be turbocharged to achieve around 250 hp and 400 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, buyers would get better mileage and similar towing capacity.
So, efficiency of the diesel engine and off-road capabilities of TRD Pro parts are something we would like to see together. Outputs we are getting from the drivetrain, especially torque, would help the SUV to solve any obstacles at tough weather and terrain conditions. On the other hand, the same we are getting from the TRD Pro package, that includes unique drivetrain setup. As addition to engine, we would get special suspension, Fox shocks, and larger wheels with all-terrain tires.
The plan to bring 2019 Toyota Sequoia Diesel is official. Chiefs in the Japanese company confirmed they are working on the new engine. However, they didn’t give clues about engine and release date. Whoever delivers the powertrain, either Cummins or Toyota, won’t do that in next six months. The SUV with diesel engine could come in third quarter of 2019 It will help the Japanese company to meet regulations by the US Congress. According to new rules, the entire fleet of a carmaker must average 35 mpg fuel economy.