The giant redwood Sequoia trees on the US west coast can live for thousands of years, and it seems like the second-generation Toyota Sequoia has been around for almost as long.

    The second-generation Sequoia was, like the Tundra pickup it’s based on, launched in 2007. The big SUV has remained in production since then, albeit with a significant facelift in 2017.

    With the third-generation Tundra now rolling off the production line, Toyota is almost ready to reveal its three-row SUV sibling.

    Judging from teaser image revealed overnight, the new Sequoia will feature sharp creases and cut lines. It will also likely sport an attention-grabbing grille and headlights.

    Other concrete details, including the launch date, have yet to be revealed, although the company did hide a little Easter egg in the image stating “the forest, and its trees, almost in view”.

    Both the Tundra and Sequoia share the GA-F body-on-frame architecture with the 300 Series LandCruiser. This means the V8 engines that graced earlier models won’t be returning.

    The Tundra and LandCruiser are both available with a 3.4-litre twin-turbo V6 making 650Nm, and between 290kW and 305kW. The six-pot is hooked up to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

    For the Tundra there’s also a new hybrid option featuring the same 3.4-litre engine. Unusually for Toyota, the Tundra’s hybrid system doesn’t use an e-CVT setup, but instead features an electric motor built into the 10-speed auto.

    This means the company is able to quote both power and torque figures for this drivetrain: 326kW and 790Nm, if you’re curious. It’s widely expected a version of this drivetrain will be slotted into the LandCruiser in the near future.

    It should also find its way into the Sequoia range, giving Toyota’s large SUV a point of difference to the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition and Jeep Grand Wagoneer, all of which share pickup truck roots, but lack a hybrid option.

    While the new Sequoia and Tundra are likely to have different dashboard designs, the Sequoia should be available with the same 8.0- and 14.0-inch touchscreen infotainment options.

    It’s unclear how big the new Sequoia will be, but the outgoing model was 5.2m long and rode on a 3.1m wheelbase. It almost makes the LandCruiser look dainty in comparison.

    Designed and made in America, both the Sequoia and Tundra have so far been left-hand drive only propositions so far.

    Derek Fung

    Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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