The redesign for the largest SUV in Toyota’s lineup is scheduled for 2021 season. Sequoia is now pretty old and the refresh seems to be pretty late. Well, the company updates the SUV every now and then, but the 2021 Toyota Sequoia should introduce serious exterior and interior changes. After the redesign, we will get the all-new vehicle that will compete with the Ford Expedition, and the new generation of GM’s big rigs – Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon.
The last update for 2020 season brought the Sequoia into an elite group of vehicles that can offer you the TRD Pro package. Toyota finally expanded the lineup with the full-size SUV and now we can’t wait to test it. The 2021 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro is definitely going to be one of the most attractive models in the lineup. On the other hand, if you prefer luxury over utility, then the Platinum version is the better choice.
Under the hood of the new Sequoia remains Toyota’s largest unit, a 5.7-l V8 petrol drivetrain. There were rumors that vehicles of a similar size could get new engines (Tundra and Land Cruiser). Different petrol choices, diesel units, and hybrid configurations are only speculations, which are not likely to happen any time soon.
2021 Toyota Sequoia Redesign – What’s New for the Full-Size SUV?
Well, the styling of the Sequoia is pretty outdated. We can say the same for the Toyota Land Cruiser. Both big SUVs and their fans are waiting for a major update. We thought it might happen this year, but the Japanese company had other priorities. With the new generation of Chevy Tahoe and Suburban on the way, Toyota must respond. Buyers in the US love new models.
Everything looks old on the Sequoia. It is becoming like a tree whose name it carries. Well, it is nice to know that your ride is durable and long-lasting, but sometimes buyers wish to get something pretty as well. The Japanese carmaker could lose the pace with its rivals if decides to wait for too long. Nissan is also building the new Armada, and the Sequoia could become the oldest tree in the forest.
Exterior Dimensions, Interior Changes
The 2021 Toyota Sequoia belongs to a full-size segment. The SUV could gain some length. Currently, the Sequoia is 205 inches long. The new Chevrolet Tahoe is also going to be longer than before. That means more space inside the cockpit, which also suffers serious changes for the 2020 season. Still, the huge redesign is required to bring the all-new look. On the other hand, it is still early to talk about possibilities. We already know Toyota is adding Android Auto, the service that joins Apple CarPlay in 2020. Also, the new generation of the Entune infotainment system is promised in the foreseeable future. All in all, the new Sequoia is going to refresh the entire cabin.
With all seats folded down, the current edition of the SUV offers 120 cubic feet of cargo space. The extra length will increase the storage and it will bring more room for passengers. The 2021 Toyota Sequoia remains an eight-seat SUV. More luxurious packages are offering captain’s buckets in the middle row and the total seating capacity for seven.
A 5.7-liter V8 is again the only choice we can see being the drivetrain for the 2021 Toyota Sequoia. The largest engine by the Japanese company is producing 380 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. This power is being distributed through a six-speed automatic transmission. We still don’t have info about a possible replacement. Anyhow, the gearbox is going to send energy to two or four wheels, whatever a buyer of the new Sequoia picks.
Power range could be impressive, but the Sequoia needs a lot of upgrades in other areas. First of all, the engine consumes too much fuel. It returns only 16 mpg combined, with an awful record in the city – 13 mpg. The towing capacity of 7,500 lbs is going to meet the requirements of most owners. However, it is 2,000 pounds fewer than the class leader Ford Expedition can haul. The average rating for this class is about 8,500 lbs.
2021 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
The big rig is the new member of the TRD Pro squad. So far, the only available SUV with such upgrades was 4Runner. This badging means the new 2021 Toyota Sequoia will be more capable for an off-road drive and a ride in toughest terrains. Unique suspension and shock parts and configuration is going to allow the SUV to go over any obstacle. Of course, there are special wheels, tires, body protection, and exhaust tips to maximize performance.
2021 Toyota Sequoia Price
After the redesign, we will see the all-new 2021 Toyota Sequoia, with an updated price. After the bump, the full-size SUV will cost more than $50,000. TRD Pro package is not suffering big changes, but the new body style and standard features are also pushing it into premium class. The Platinum version is loaded with a lot of luxury features and it will be the most expensive trim level. Its price will be just under $70,000.