The 2023 Toyota Sequoia has just been revealed by the Japanese automaker, being practically a full-size three-row SUV version of the Tundra pickup. Boasting a 3.4-liter i-Force Max V6 hybrid twin-turbo hybrid powertrain, the vehicle is endowed with 443 hp and 80.5 Nm of torque.
With a ten-speed automatic transmission, the 2023 Toyota Sequoia is expected to start at $50,000 (about R$271,000, excluding differences in taxes or fees) and has rear-wheel drive as standard.
A four-wheel drive (4WD) system is offered for all trims, which are: SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro and Capstone – this one, a new luxury top-of-the-line that can fetch up to $70,000 fully loaded ( R$ 379 thousand in direct conversion).
Sharing a platform with the new Lexus LX 600 and the new Land Cruiser, the new Sequoia features a body-on-frame chassis with a fully boxed frame. There is a new laser welding technique aimed at rigidity, comfort and weight reduction.
Its independent suspension is equipped at the front with a new rack-mounted electronic power steering system. At the rear, there is a multi-link suspension with space for an air load leveling and height control system (optional).
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In towing capacity, the 2023 Sequoia comes in at 4,082kg (22% more than its previous generation), while a towing technology package is available including a tow backup guide and straight path assistance (which help make reverse with load engaged).
A new feature of the Sequoia 2023 is Drive Mode Select, which comes with Eco, Normal and Sport settings. In Trailer/Transport mode, the electrical system constantly works in conjunction with the engine to increase acceleration and torque. To keep an eye on the trailer, there's the optional digital rear view mirror, a wide-view monitor and a hitch preview.
You can enable a split view to see what's on either side of the trailer. In addition, another novelty for the Sequoia are the electric folding, extending and retracting mirrors, available from the factory.
Each finish has multiple identification features, but not all models have access to the same paint colors. As standard, the Sequoia will ship with paint options White, Celestial Silver, Lunar Rock, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Blueprint, Army Green, Midnight Black Metallic, and Smoke Mesquite.
Premium paint colors offered include Wind Chill Pearl and Supersonic Red, while Solar Octane is only available in the TRD Pro finish. Exclusive 18-inch black wheels further set this model apart, as does a dual exhaust tailpipe.
The other trims get wheels measuring 18 or 20 inches in diameter. The luxury-focused Capstone finish gets 22-inch chrome wheels as well as acoustic front glass. The off-road-oriented TRD Pro model features 2.5-inch Fox shocks with internal deflection chambers and remote reservoirs, plus 33-inch Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires.
A TRD Sport package is available on the SR5 model that adds black wheels, Bilstein shocks and other TRD details. Available on the Sequoia SR5 and Limited models is a TRD off-road package, which adds a locking rear differential, Bilstein shocks, 18-inch black TRD wheels, Multi-Terrain Select off-road drive modes, and off-road cruising to the control.
Inside the new Sequoia
Inside, the second row of Toyota's new Sequoia is made up of benches or captain's chairs, depending on the finish. Both options can recline or fold down and tip forward.
While the third row has a power-folding reclining rear seat available and can slide up to 15 centimeters to accommodate an adjustable load shelving system.
An 8-inch touchscreen is standard on the SR5 model, but the large 14-inch touchscreen is available as an option in this finish and standard on the rest of the range. Also as standard is a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster accompanying Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless capabilities.
The 2023 Toyota Sequoia will be built in San Antonio, Texas. Due to hit the market at the end of August this year, the SUV will be produced alongside the Tundra pickup.
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