A New Toyota Sequoia Is FINALLY Coming

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It's been around since 2007, mostly unchanged.

Toyota just teased the "next big thing." That's all we know. The Japanese automaker showed a dim teaser image of a new model, shown below in red. The only other information presented in the press release says, "something big is coming to the Toyota SUV lineup. A clear picture will come into view soon. Stay tuned."

Based on production timing, we believe this new SUV is the 2022 Toyota Sequoia, an SUV that's long overdue for a replacement.

The current second-generation Sequoia debuted back in 2007, making it the oldest vehicle in Toyota's lineup. Toyota has given the Sequoia a few notable updates like TRD-Pro and Nightshade Edition trims, but none of these changes can hide the aged platform.

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Why do we believe this is the new Sequoia and not another SUV like the 4Runner or rumored Highlander Max? Well, Toyota was recently spotted testing a prototype Sequoia with a trailer behind it, using a Tundra as a support vehicle.

Just like the current model, this new Sequoia will be based on the same platform as the Tundra pickup truck, utilizing Toyota's new TNGA-F architecture. The Sequoia will also be built on the same assembly line in San Antonio, Texas.

Judging by the teaser, the new Sequoia will receive the angular styling treatment given to the latest Tundra. We expect Toyota to offer seven- and eight-seat configurations with various trim levels, including an off-road-focused TRD Pro variant.

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The changes to the Sequoia should mirror the latest Tundra updates, but in SUV form. This means Toyota will drop the ancient 5.7-liter V8 and six-speed automatic in favor of a new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and 10-speed transmission. If it includes the same output as the Tundra, we can expect 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. Toyota could offer a Sequoia Hybrid for the first time ever, producing 437 hp with 583 lb-ft, though this seems unlikely at this stage.

These updates will take the Sequoia from an outdated dinosaur to competitive rival for the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition, GMC Yukon, and Nissan Armada. Expect to see an official reveal very soon.

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