It seems as if the automotive world is buzzing about the slew of diesel options coming to the market. The new Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, and RAM 1500 have all been given the VM Motori 3.0L EcoDiesel. Nissan has partnered with Cummins to release a 5.0L diesel option for the next generation Titan. Now Chevrolet has thrown its hat into the ring with the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, which will offer a Duramax 2.8L I-4 turbodiesel. Don’t forget the international outliers like the Amarok TDI, and Ranger T6 Duratorq.
It seems as if all the big names are making their moves with diesel, and rightfully so with looming EPA regulations that will require auto manufacturers to provide 54.5 MPG vehicles by the 2025 model year. But where does Toyota stand with diesel technology? Aside from an ’07 Tundra dually concept that featured an 8.0L Hino engine, Toyota hasn’t made any big moves with diesel.
That doesn’t mean they’re not considering some interesting options. In a recent interview with Bloomsberg, Toyota CEO Kazua Ohara noted that it’ll take time to pinpoint exactly what consumers want with a full sized truck like the Tundra. Unfortunately the more time Toyota takes, the more they’ll have to catch up. That is unless they come out with a revolutionary new engine, which some have speculated will be a hybrid diesel engine. Continue reading