Posted Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by North Hollywood Toyota
Truck lovers and speed demons, it’s time to start keeping an eye out at your Los Angeles Toyota dealers because, new for the 2018 model year, Toyota is introducing a TRD Sport trim level to the already excellent Toyota Tundra truck. This new trim level, along with upgrades and style refreshes all along the vehicle line, is expected to position the Tundra to penetrate more deeply into the American truck market currently dominated by domestic vehicles.
These changes provide a much needed model refresh since the Toyota Tundra last debuted with interior and exterior styling modifications at the Chicago Auto Show in 2014. Car dealerships in Los Angeles and everywhere are excited for it to come into stock, so if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, now is a great time to look into your financing options and plan ahead!
The brand new 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport trim level brings a whole new experience to the table, from the refreshed and upgraded exterior that shows off the promise of power, to the details and technology under the hood and all along the interior and body. Toyota has a very well-deserved and long-standing reputation for putting out quality vehicles with a bent towards strong innovation. This can be plainly seen in any of their sedans or family vehicles, and their introduction of the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle.
Toyota brings it once again with the Tundra TRD Sport trim level of the Tundra. This truck offering from the skilled automotive engineers at Toyota has been designed from the ground up to give an enjoyable and thrilling, yet safe driving experience.
The Tundra TRD Sport features the power under the hood to not only keep up with competitors’ sport-tuned trucks but even their dedicated sports cars. Plan on getting acquainted with most other vehicles out on the road by the way they look in your rearview mirror.
Starting with the outside, the front of the TRD Sport is all attitude, with a black mesh front grille and halogen headlamps with LED daytime running lights in smoked housings and black bezels, all underneath an aggressive double-scooped hood.
Color-keyed mirrors, body-colored bumpers and grille housing, and 20-inch alloy wheels with black accenting set off the sides and the body. Toyota Racing Development graphics along the side of the truck bed let everyone know what you’re bringing to the table.
The Toyota Tundra TRD Sport is available in five new exterior colors, with your choice of:
● Super White
● Magnetic Gray
● Midnight Black Pearl
● Blazing Blue Pearl
● Barcelona Red Metallic
The drivetrain is offered in both a 4x2 rear wheel drive model and a 4x4 all-wheel drive version, with both the CrewMax and Double Cab body styles available.
Under the hood, this beast is powered by a muscular 5.7-liter iForce V-8 engine, spitting out a hair-raising and pulse-pounding 381 horsepower and a hefty 401 foot-pounds of torque. If that somehow isn’t enough power for you, a bolt-on supercharger kit provided by Toyota Racing Development ups the ante to as much as a blistering 500 horsepower, giving you the ability to blast off and take the Toyota Tundra TRD Sport from 0 to 60 in an astonishing 4.4 seconds. This is one truck suited for hauling much more than just lumber.
The engine isn’t the only place that the Toyota Tundra TRD Sport outshines the competition. Toyota Racing Development went through the whole vehicle, making changes and upgrades as they saw fit to improve performance, stability, and handling. To that end, the Tundra TRD Sport boasts sport-tuned Bilstein shocks, and the Toyota Racing Development’s own in-house sport suspension, with finely tuned anti-roll bars in both the front and the rear.
The gurus at TRD weren’t satisfied with merely giving the Tundra TRD Sport straight-line power off the launch pad, and so they equipped and outfitted it with the technology and gear it needed to truly crush corners and drive tight circles around competitors. The Tundra TRD Sport is an off-roader’s dream come true in a stock vehicle, offering everything you want out of your ride and leaving out everything that just adds dead weight or which doesn’t contribute meaningfully.
The technology and features packed into the Toyota Tundra TRD Sport don’t begin and end under the hood and throughout the drivetrain, however. The engineers at Toyota equipped the Toyota Tundra TRD Sport with the full suite of Toyota’s safety systems.
Toyota Safety Sense P comes as standard, giving you all of Toyota’s advanced safety programs,1 so that your drive provides you with the ultimate in safety and peace of mind as you tackle the roads. Toyota Safety Sense P is designed and built for large vehicles and utilizes an in-vehicle camera and front-grille-mounted millimeter wave radar to include features and technology such as:
● Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detect: Using the camera and radar to detect what’s in front of the vehicle, if the possibility of a crash is detected, the vehicle will prompt the driver to take action or possibly apply the brakes itself. Additionally, it may detect pedestrians based on their size, profile, and motion, allowing the pre-collision system to activate and prevent running them over.
● Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist: LDA provides audio and visual alerts in the event that the vehicle begins to unintentionally drift out of the lane, prompting you to drive back to the center. With Steering Assist, the vehicle may provide small, corrective steering inputs automatically, keeping the vehicle in the lane for a short period of time.
● Dynamic Radar Cruise Control: DRCC functions like conventional constant speed cruise control, in that it sets the vehicle traveling at a consistent speed as inputted by the driver. However, it adds another dimension in safety by including a radar guided vehicle-to-vehicle distance control mode that helps to maintain a preset distance between the vehicle and the vehicle ahead when the leading vehicle reduces its speed. When the vehicle ahead begins to slow down, DRCC will automatically reduce speed without canceling cruise control or requiring input from the driver—possibly applying the brakes on its own should a greater reduction in speed be necessary. When no vehicle is ahead, DRCC functions normally, traveling at the set speed. DRCC functions at speeds up to 110 miles per hour.
● Automatic High Beams: By using the vehicle camera to sense what’s ahead, oncoming vehicle headlights can automatically be detected, allowing the high beams to turn on when the road ahead is clear, giving you increased and extended vision at night time, and then turning off automatically when a car is approaching, to prevent blinding other drivers.
No pricing information for the 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport is available yet. We’re expecting an MSRP for it and the rest of the Tundra line to be released closer to the projected delivery date to the Toyota dealers of Southern California and elsewhere. So, make sure to keep an eye out at your local Los Angeles Toyota lots.
The current release date is September of 2017,2 and estimates for the pricing so far are anywhere from $32,000 to $50,000, depending on trim level and optional upgrades and packages. Expect a flood of inventory for used car dealerships in Los Angeles, as people trade in their old trucks and vehicles to be one of the first on their block to own a brand new 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport!