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11.26.2013
Toyota Tundra Diesel Hybrid? It Could Happen

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.

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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.

Toyota has hinted at using the 5.0L Cummins that will also be in the ’15 Titan, and have also talked of a gas-hybrid option, but why not combine the best of both worlds and deliver a game changer? Toyota, which owns Hino Motors, has plenty of support to make it happen, but will they?

Rick LoFaso from Toyota recently told Edmunds that they plan on evaluating both technologies, but haven’t made a firm commitment to either. With that, no timeline has been given on when a decision will be made, so it’s safe to assume we won’t see a diesel out of Toyota anytime soon. So unless you’re a Toyota diehard, it might be time to start looking at your options, which there are plenty to choose from.

Are you a diesel fan? what model are you most interested in? Tell us below in the comments!