Another Pickuptrucks.com half-ton challenge is in the books and, almost predictably, the Toyota Tundra finished dead last. Here’s why.
In a few weeks, the Detroit auto show kicks off a hectic spring with a new Nissan Titan, new Toyota Tacoma and possibly a new Ford Raptor being unveiled. What’s missing from this list? Toyota Tundra updates. While we don’t expect anything in Detroit, there is a possibility of an announcement during the Chicago Auto Show in February. Whether or not an annoucement is made, here is what we would like to see from Toyota.
A recent report in AutoNews.com says Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is looking to add turbocharging and direct injection to its Pentastar V6 engine. If this comes to fruition, it would seemingly improve the fuel economy of the engine and is a direct response to the new “highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gasoline pickup” claims of Ford’s new 2.7L EcoBoost. The race for best half-ton fuel economy supremacy is getting incredibly competitive.
Come 2016, the option list for the next-gen Tundra will include a Cummins 5.0-liter turbo diesel. That oil-burner is predicted to be rated at 300+ horsepower and, in true diesel form, more than 500 lb-ft of torque. This should make Nissan product planners sit up and mumble “rats,” as this appears to be the same engine being developed for the redesigned Titan, which debuts next year.
While there are still some reasons to wonder what Toyota is planning here (which I’ll get into below), odds are good the 2016 Tundra is a gettin’ a Cummins Diesel.
For the first time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history, a team captured back to back championship titles. The winning driver, Matt Crafton did it in the ThorSport Racing No.88 Menards Toyota Tundra. The win caps off an impressive season by Tundra drivers and makes the fifth NCWTS driver’s title for a Toyota Tundra driver. Toyota also won the manufacture’s title for the seventh time.