The 2017 Toyota Sequoia is a full size SUV offering from Japanese manufacturer Toyota, and the first vehicle from a Japanese manufacturer in full-sized SUV class for North American markets. Introduced in 2000, it remains the largest SUV under the Toyota brand. As of 2017 model developments, customers of this Tundra pickup truck based SUV will find more boost in performance, upgrades in technology, comfort and some minor design tweaks.
2017 Toyota Sequoia – Redesign Exterior and Interior
Toyota’s new successor to current Sequoia models will feature extensive use of high strength lightweight materials, an innovation fast catching up with even premium full size SUV manufacturers. Boasting of lower curb weight than current models, both handling and fuel efficiency ratings are expected to go up. Toyota’s offerings generally stand on their outstanding performances in all terrains; front bumpers have gained a significant increase in height for more ease of driving off asphalt.
Overall appearance of the 2017 Toyota Sequoia will remain same except some minor tweaks in headlamps, front air intake grille, wheels and rear lamps. The front fascia will be redecorated with new appendix headlamps and fog lamps (ahead of the front wheel arches in the front bumper) featuring latest LED technology, and chrome layered bigger trapezoidal air intake grille having 3 horizontal slits; a big Toyota logo dipped in chrome placed exactly in the center will give a more dominating appearance on road than ever before. Riding on bigger alloy wheels, this updated SUV can take on harshest of tracks, without any major hiccup.
Similar to current models, 2017 Toyota Sequoia will have straight body lines all through the length except a small kink towards the bottom. The rear fascia will also feature a redesigned rear bumper along with LED lit rear lamps. A minor design tweak is inclusion of high quality rubber layer over the get on/off support on both sides, which may have utilities in slow clad environments.
Inside, this full size SUV can comfortably house eight passengers with enough headroom and legroom to feel at home. Add to this premium quality materials used for upholstery, premium grade materials for inside detailing works, and above all an assurance that all Toyota vehicles showcase.
2017 Toyota Sequoia – Drive Train, Green Technology, Better Performance
When it comes to drive trains, full sized SUVs generally have monster sized units, generating an equivalent amount of raw power. The 2017 Toyota Sequoia seems to have taken a slightly different turn by keeping the drive train size almost same: a 4.7 liter V8 unit, with a generation capacity of 280 horsepower, as opposed to 276 horsepower available from the same unit in current models.
A bigger offering will be the 5.7 liter V8 unit, punching out 380 horsepower and 542 Newton meters of torque. An Eco boost drive mode will be offered on both these drive trains in an effort to provide green power to this behemoth. Sources have pointed out that an acceleration of 0-62 mph may be possible in as less as 7 seconds.
Transmission of 2017 Toyota Sequoia
- The aforementioned drive trains will be mated with a 6 speed automatic transmission kit as standard. An optional 5 speed automatic may also be available on smaller variants for selected markets.
- All base models of 2017 Toyota Sequoia will have rear wheel drive configuration; however high-end models will receive 4 wheel drive kits in a bid to demonstrate better all-terrain performance.
Suspension kits of 2017 Toyota Sequoia will receive an upgrade in terms of performance; an upgraded rear independent suspension featuring locking central differential (for 4-wheel drive variants only) and a rear independent suspension having double wishbone with coil springs will be available. This will allow the Toyota Sequoia to showcase tighter turn radius, and ability for fold flat rear seats.
Overall fuel efficiency is slightly expected to increase owing to reduction in curb weight and more aerodynamic appearance. An estimated fuel economy of 13 miles per gallon inside city limits, and 17 miles per gallon on highways have been speculated by sources.
2017 Toyota Sequoia – Upgraded Technology and Safety
Toyota Sequoia’s upgraded technology kit will boast of an infotainment system consisting of a large 7 inch touch screen display interface via which all of key car functions can be accessed. Telescopic and tilt 3 spoke power steering wheel studded with buttons for vehicle controls, power windows, keyless entry, dual sun visors, heated and ventilated seating controls form the spine of standard technology kit.
Other additives include an upgraded JBL sound system, auto dimming electro chromic rear view and side mirrors equipped with HomeLink transceiver, hands free control system via Bluetooth, standard connectivity with mobile platforms via Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary ports; electromagnetism Optitron gauges further provide a better driving experience.
Next generation Toyota Entune infotainment systems also boast of smart technologies like smarter navigation tools such as Scout GPS Link Integrated Navigation, 3D and 2D maps with real-time upgrades; more apps and advanced voice recognition software.
The Entune app suite lineup comprises of Siri Eyes free upgrade, Sirius XM All Access Radio, high-speed Bluetooth streaming of audio files between Toyota Entune and mobile platforms. In addition, real-time connectivity is possible via means of Wi-Fi, Social Networking platforms (in-built), and direct touchpad regulators for emergency services in times of emergency.
Standard safety kit (as is customary for all Toyota vehicles) comprises of latest technological innovations like traction control, Dynamic Laser Cruise Control, Vehicle Stability Control, Electronic Brake force Distribution, Anti-lock Brake Assist and others. In an effort to protect both front and rear passengers (including the driver) in case of a rollover, front side torso airbags, knee airbags and roll sensing side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats are offered as standard.
Toyota Safety Sense Active Safety Technology platform integrates all of aforementioned technologies and many others like collision avoidance support, lane deviation prevention support, night visibility support, single lens camera detection system to ascertain vehicle positions and a host of other driver assist systems.
2017 Toyota Sequoia – Competition, Price and Availability
The 2017 Toyota Sequoia will face stiff completion from other full-sized SUV rivals such as Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Chevy Tahoe. This Toyota large SUV will debut in the summer of 2017 with a price range of $45,000 to $64,000. As per sources, some markets may see a delay of few months.