At this moment it is unknown when will the third generation of Sequoia be unveiled, but it looks like it won’t be soon. Because after ten years, this three-row SUV receives a redesign for 2018 model year. You really know that something is outdated if you just look at the sale numbers. Although we are accustomed to Toyota being one of the best-selling brands, nameplate Sequoia didn’t quite catch fire. The sale record was two years after its introduction with 70.187 of sold Sequoias. From then till now even with the second generation introduced in 2007, the sales were still going lower and lower reaching a 12.771 in 2016. Being the oldest tree, 2018 Toyota Sequoia brings some much-needed updates.
2018 Toyota Sequoia – Redesign
The exterior holds new grille. It comes with different shapes depending on the trim level. SR5 being base, the Limited and Platinum hold chrome finishes. To catch up a little with Sequoia competitors like Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition, Toyota installed new LED headlights and fog lights. There are standard features across the lineup. To finish the redesign, Toyota added three more colors to Sequoia palette. In addition to eight colors already available, there will also be Midnight Black Metallic, Shoreline Blue Pearl, and Toasted Walnut Pearl.
Already antique dashboard is refreshed with new gauge cluster with the multi-information display. While the dashboard received some refreshment, the center console is all-new with loads of covered storage compartments. It’s all nice, but it still falls heavily behind newer competitors.
2018 Toyota Sequoia – Same Engine
With all redesign inside and out, there is still one section where Toyota hasn’t touched anything. And that’s engine. 2018 Toyota Sequoia will use the same 5.7-liter V8 that has been under the hood since the second generation was unveiled. Maybe it’s not a major problem of using the same engine. But they could at least tweak it to produce more than 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. They could, but didn’t. Sequoia will continue to be offered in RWD and 4WD layouts.
There will also be one more edition to the 2018 Toyota Sequoia lineup, and that TRD Sport. While it doesn’t bring better engine performance, it will come with Bilstein dampers and TRD anti-roll bars on both axles. Changes in appearance will also take place. There will be TRD specific grille and bumper, 20-inch black wheels, smoked rear lights, and, of course, TRD badges.
The new model will also come with Toyota Safety Sense P suite on all trims. Features included are pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with a lane-departure warning, and automatic high-beams. We can say till now Sequoia is already pretty safe. Thanks to its dimensions, according to NTHSA Toyota Sequoia 4WD has the lowest overall driver death rate in its class with 0 deaths per million registered vehicle years. Must be some old Volvo philosophy, the bigger, the safer.
Pricing options are not available at this time. But it will be closer to September 2017 when the sale of 2018 Toyota Sequoia will commence.