Toyota Teases Next Sequoia

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
toyota teases next sequoia

It’s one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets that a new Toyota Sequoia is on the way within twelve months or so, likely sharing much with the just-released Tundra pickup truck. The company has now shared a typically shadowy teaser image of the upcoming rig, one which may not be as slab-sided as its forebear.

Actually, we assume it’s the Sequoia since Toyota doesn’t specify the vehicle in this image as that particular model. However, it isn’t rocket surgery to read between the lines of ‘something big’ and ‘SUV lineup’ to parse the presence of the brand’s largest rig in this class. A pronounced character line cleaves through the rear quarter panel, digging into the rear door above that portal’s handle before making a dramatic drop toward terra firma. There appears to be a decent amount of family resemblance in what we can see of its taillamps, what with their narrowed profile and forward-reaching tentacles.

Other than that, we can confirm the next Sequoia will have door handles and a bit of chrome trim around its windows. Big changes seem to be on their way in terms of its side profile, with the existing model having a thick color-keyed C-pillar. Here, it appears the back passenger doors will abut the newly-shaped rear quarter windows, removing a bit of visual heft. Those windows also bear a new shape, kicking toward the tailgate like a hockey stick instead of resembling a parallelogram or rhombus (didn’t think you’d need to know geometry to read TTAC, didja?).

We’re left guessing as to what’s under the hood, but it’s a fair assumption that we’ll find at least one variant of the Tacoma’s V6 when this thing shows up later in 2022. Whether it will provide the hybridized option of 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of twist remains to be seen. In case you’ve forgotten, the non-hybrid twin-turbo in a 2022 Tundra is good for 389 horses and 479 lb-ft of torque. At present, Sequoia makes do with 381 ponies and 401 lb-ft from its 5.7L V8 mill.

Through the end of December 2021, Toyota managed to find homes for just over 8,000 new Sequoia SUVs, marking a small jump from the weird year that was 2020. Amongst its brand family, it outsells the Supra … and that’s about it, representing less than one-half of one percent of Toyota brand sales in this country. Sales held steady at about 12,000 units per annum for a decade before dropping off a cliff in 2020.

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  • Tirpitz Tirpitz on Jan 19, 2022

    If I needed a big SUV that would last 25+ years and if I could live with the 13 to 17 mpg of the V8 I’d pick up one of these before they change it. I know it would be terribly boring to drive but that seems to be the price you pay when you go for ultra reliability.

  • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Jan 20, 2022

    Therefore we are entitled to articles about China only vehicles?

  • Tassos What was the last time we had any good news from Ford? (or GM for that matter?)The last one was probably when Alan Mulally was CEO. Were you even born back then?Fields was a total disaster, then they go hire this clown from Toyota's PR department, the current Ford CEO, Fart-ley or something.He claims to be an auto enthusiast too (unlike Mary Barra who is even worse, but of course always forgiven, as she is the proud owner of a set of female genitals.
  • Tassos I know some would want to own a collectible Mustang. (sure as hell not me. This crappy 'secretary's car' (that was exactly its intended buying demo) was as sophisticated (transl. : CRUDE) as the FLintstone's mobile. Solid Real Axle? Are you effing kidding me?There is a huge number of these around, so they are neither expensive nor valuable.WHen it came out, it was $2,000 or so new. A colleague bought a recent one with the stupid Ecoboost which also promised good fuel economy. He drives a hard bargain and spends time shopping and I remember he paid $37k ( the fool only bought domestic crap, but luckily he is good with his hands and can fix lots of stuff on them).He told me that the alleged fuel economy is obtained only if you drive it like a VERY old lady. WHich defeats the purpose, of course, you might as well buy a used Toyota Yaris (not even a Corolla).
  • MRF 95 T-Bird Back when the Corolla consisted of a wide range of body styles. This wagon, both four door and two door sedans, a shooting brake like three door hatch as well as a sports coupe hatchback. All of which were on the popular cars on the road where I resided.
  • Wjtinfwb Jeez... I've got 3 Ford's and have been a defender due to my overall good experiences but this is getting hard to defend. Thinking the product durability testing that used to take months to rack up 100k miles or more is being replaced with computer simulations that just aren't causing these real-world issues to pop up. More time at the proving ground please...
  • Wjtinfwb Looks like Mazda put more effort into sprucing up a moribund product than Chevy did with the soon to be euthanized '24 Camaro.