Toyota just revealed the third generation of the Sequoia, its family-size SUV based on the new Tundra pickup, and taking a first look at it made it clear to us why the legendary Land Cruiser was pulled from the US market. Like the Tundra, this huge SUV is built on Toyota’s TNGA-F platform, in a shorter version than the one used for the pickup, which also underpins the new global Land Cruiser and its ultra-luxury Lexus LX version. if it continues to be marketed in North America. The presence of the Land Cruiser and the Sequoia in the US market would have been unnecessarily redundant.
Unlike its previous generation Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition and Jeep Wagoneer competitors, which use an independent rear suspension system, the new 2023 Toyota Sequoia It features a solid rear axle, which can be configured with air springs and optional adaptive dampers. Unique to the segment, the TRD Pro variant with true off-road capabilities features 2.5-inch Fox shocks and 33-inch Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires.
The powertrain available for the new Toyota Sequoia is the same iForce MAX hybrid system available for the Tundra, comprised of a 3.4-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and an electric motor-generator sandwiched between the gasoline engine and non-functioning 10-speed automatic transmission. parallel as in the case of the Prius, but linearly when required by the demands of the driver’s right foot. The electric generator motor is powered by energy stored in a 1.5 kWh nickel metal hydride battery. Toyota did not release fuel economy figures, but it did report that the powertrain produces a combined output of 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque.
The new Sequoias can tow up to a maximum of 9,000 pounds, putting it in the towing capacity leadership alongside the Ford Expedition, and features a package of towing technologies including trailer reverse guidance, towing mirrors and a surround view camera.
The design of the new Toyota Sequoia is not particularly innovative, but it is very pleasing to the eye, leaving aside the showiness of the Tundra that is not as appropriate for an SUV as it is for a pickup. The effect is achieved frontally by a grille that’s about 10 percent smaller than the truck’s, as the rest of the front end, including the headlights, is similar to that of the Tundra. In its rear part, an optical assembly with a horizontal design relieves the visual heaviness of the huge truck, making it look lighter and more elegant.
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Those familiar with Tundra interior design will feel right at home in Sequoia. Fortunately this is a stylish, comfortable and practical place that at its maximum Capstone level looks worthy of being shown at a Lexus dealership. There we find a 14-inch touch screen (except in the base model SR5 that comes with a standard 8-inch screen) to interact with the new Toyota multimedia system, which we told you about when we tested the new Tundra, which has wireless connectivity with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is standard.
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The second row of seats can be configured with separate bucket seats or a bench seat for those who need an extra seat, while the third row bench seat can slide up to six inches and fold flat to increase cargo area.
The new Toyota Sequoia will be available in SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro and Capstone models with rear or four-wheel drive. Toyota offers the TRD Sport Package for the SR5 model which adds black TRD wheels, Bilstein shocks and for the SR5 and Limited models there is a TRD Off-Road Package, which adds a locking rear differential, Bilstein shocks, 18-inch TRD black wheels, Multi-Terrain Select off-road driving and off-road cruising. control.
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The Toyota Sequoia will be built alongside the Tundra at Toyota’s factory in San Antonio, Texas. Toyota didn’t announce pricing, but we expect that when it arrives later this year as a 2023 model, the price of the most basic rear-wheel-drive SR5 version will be around $50,000, topping $70,000 for the Capstone variant.