Competent and reliable as it may be, the Toyota Sequoia has spent its life overshadowed — in perception, not sales — by Toyota's other three-row, full-size, body-on-frame SUV. But the Land Cruiser has been discontinued in America, and Toyota's big, boring family hauler is poised to become a lot more interesting.
Toyota is working on an all-new third-generation Sequoia — the first complete overhaul since 2007. Here's what we know so far about the new truck, which will arrive very soon.
Toyota announced that it will unveil the 2023 Toyota Sequoia at 9:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 25. The announcement confirmed that the vehicle will be called the Sequoia and arrive for the 2023 model year. Debuts for the all-new 4Runner and all-new Tacoma, perhaps with an all-electric version, should follow.
On January 18, Toyota posted its first teaser image of the new Sequoia. Details were scarce, with the brand only noting that "a clear picture will come into view soon." The body is sculpted differently, but the windows look similar to the new Lexus LX 600.
A leak from a Toyota dealer presentation says the Sequoia will get both new engines from the Tundra. That means ditching the tried, true and remarkably inefficient 5.7-liter V8 for two versions of 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. The base gas version puts out 389 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The upgraded i-Force Max hybrid version bumps the power up to 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque.
Toyota should also be debuting a new larger three-row crossover, the Grand Highlander. With the Grand Highlander handling regular family duty, that should free up the Sequoia to be more rugged and truck-like. The Sequoia won't be the J300 Land Cruiser, but it will be a less fussy, significantly cheaper SUV with the same platform and engine....which is sort of what everyone wanted?
What we know so far about the most-eagerly-awaited midsize truck.