When there’s a brand new pickup, a brand new SUV is normally not far behind. Two months after Toyota unwrapped an all-new 2022 Tundra full-size pickup, right here is its sibling, the 2023 Sequoia full-size SUV.
The do-over means the tip of the road for Toyota’s long-lived 5.7-litre V8 truck engine. The brand new Sequoia is propelled by a 3.5-litre twin-turbo hybrid V6. With the smaller engine displacement, electrical help and a 10-speed (up from six) transmission, it guarantees “enormous” (and far wanted) reductions in gasoline consumption. The present Sequoia is the thirstiest SUV in its peer group.
Most outputs are pegged at 437 horsepower and 583 lb.-ft. of torque, which comfortably beats most opponents.
The 2 vehicles share loads of the under-the-skin engineering and can share an meeting plant, in San Antonio, Texas (beforehand the Sequoia was in-built Indiana). The brand new Sequoia ought to go on sale in Canada this summer season. Whereas costs haven’t been revealed, the outgoing mannequin at the moment begins at $70,850.
Launched in 2007 as a 2008 mannequin, the outgoing second-generation Sequoia is overdue for a redo. Two of its key opponents, the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, have been redesigned twice since 2007. The Nissan Armada had a full mannequin change for 2017 and the Ford Expedition had one in 2018. Its age helps clarify why the Toyota is a bit participant within the already-small section of full-size SUVs. In 2021, Toyota Canada offered simply 418 Sequoias, for a 1.6-per-cent section share.
For 2023, the SUV joins the Tundra (in addition to the brand new Lexus LX and the Toyota Land Cruiser) on Toyota’s TNGA-F truck structure. As such, it stays among the many few basic body-on-frame SUVs, versus the car-based unibody crossovers which are the norm right now.
Like its pickup sibling, the Sequoia will supply height-adjustable air springs within the rear, although the suspension itself is an unbiased multi-link format versus the pickup’s beam axle. Mix that with obtainable adaptive variable suspension (i.e. variable damping), plus selectable drive modes, and there’s the promise of competent dealing with and a cushty trip.
Toyota isn’t telling us something concerning the new mannequin’s dimension, however as a result of the previous Sequoia was smaller than its newer contemporaries, we would anticipate the 2023 has been upsized a couple of inches.
Inside, photos offered by Toyota present a conventional console shift lever, plus bodily buttons for audio quantity and the HVAC, however not for radio tuning. The second row is on the market as a bench or captain’s chairs, and each model recline. In a reversal of SUV norms, it seems the second-row seats don’t slide fore and aft; as a substitute, the 60/40-split three-person third row has 150 mm of fore-aft adjustment to probably permit additional cargo room even whereas the third-row is occupied.
A height-adjustable cargo shelf can be utilized to create hidden below-deck storage behind the third row. Nevertheless, it seems from Toyota’s images that the third-row seats don’t disappear into the ground when folded, and consequently the cargo deck is unusually excessive. All advised, it seems the Sequoia will probably be higher at towing (as much as 9,000 lbs.) than toting.
Quite a few new options to make towing simpler for the motive force embrace trailer backup help and straight path help, quite a few cameras supply a number of exterior views, plus factory-installed energy folding, extending and retracting tow mirrors.
As you’d anticipate, there’s a protracted record of normal and obtainable driver-assist and communitainment applied sciences. Contact-screens as much as 14 inches interface a brand new multimedia system with voice instructions, and native Cloud navigation with real-time visitors and dynamic route recommendations. A brand new technology of Toyota’s active-safety system, Security Sense 2.5, consists of pedestrian detection in low gentle and when making turns, with emergency steering help, in addition to rear cross-traffic alert, and entrance and rear parking help with computerized braking.
The Sequoia will are available TRD Off-Street, Restricted, Platinum, TRD Professional, and new Capstone grades. The off-road-oriented TRD trims embrace a selectable locking rear differential, multi-terrain choose, low-range crawl management, downhill help management and multi-terrain monitor. The dampers are Bilsteins on the Off-Street and Fox on the Professional,.
Notable options of the Capstone embrace 22-inch chrome wheels, energy working boards, aniline-leather seats and open-pore American Walnut trim.
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