The 2023 Toyota Sequoia it is already a reality. And it’s about time, because this veteran’s second generation has been around as long as the famous California redwoods. Now, the third generation is inspired by the Tundra to stand up to models such as the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition or Jeep Wagoneer.
The model will be manufactured in San Antonio, Texas, and will hit dealers this summer. As you can see, the 2023 Toyota Sequoia is a radical departure from its predecessor. Focused on the large SUV segment, this flagship breaks the curvaceous style of its predecessor to bet on sharp lines and chiseled surfaces.
Design break in the 2023 Toyota Sequoia
At the front, as in the Tundra, we see a huge grill flanked by T-shaped LED headlights. Blacked-out A-pillars and muscular fenders stand out. They’re joined by streamlined bodywork, a more modern cabin and an upright rear end with slim taillights. On the gate we can read the name of the model.
Each version has its own distinctive style features. The finishes are SR5 of access, the most complete Limited, The intermediate Platinum, the luxurious Capstone and the strongest TRD Y TRD Pro. The package TRD Sport it’s offered on the entry level and adds 20-inch matte wheels, Bilstein shocks, and TRD-tuned shocks.
The cabin also gets a makeover thanks to aluminum pedals and a red start button. There is also a new TRD Off-Road Package. It features TRD-tuned shocks and springs and a locking rear differential. The icing on the cake is 18-inch alloy wheels and a red front driveshaft.
Inside we also find aluminum pedals and a red starter button. The TRD Off-Road Package also includes Downhill Assist Control, a terrain selection system, and a monitor that provides a variety of camera views. They are joined by CrawlControl, which acts as an off-road cruise control system.
The Sequoia TRD Pro adds to all this FOX shock absorbers and one aluminum front skid plate. It’s also not lacking in unique styling with a “TOYOTA”-branded grille, auxiliary lighting, an integrated light bar, roof racks, a dual exhaust tip, and 18-inch alloy wheels finished in black.
Luxurious and technological interior
Inside the increase in quality and technology it is palpable. Toyota hasn’t gone into detail, but from the entry level we see things like a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia system. The model also features a sliding third row and an adjustable cargo system.
At the equipment level we know that the SR5 can be completed with a premium package. This adds SofTex seats, the electric third row and a 14-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia system. The package also includes a power liftgate and 120-volt power outlets. The version Limited adds heated steering wheel and heated seats.
The Platinum up the ante with second-row captain’s chairs, as well as heating and ventilation in the first two rows. Buyers will also find a charger smartphone wireless, a panoramic sunroof, a Head Up Display and a 14-speaker JBL premium audio system.
At the top of the range is the Sequoia Capstone. It features a unique exterior with power running boards, chrome accents, and 22-inch chrome wheels. The cabin focuses on luxury. We have two-tone leather seats and hickory wood trim. An illuminated “Capstone” logo on the dashboard and acoustic glass are not missing.
Hybrid engine for the 2023 Toyota Sequoia
In the bowels of the new Sequoia we have only one powertrain iForce Max. It combines a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with an electric motor located between the engine and the 10-speed automatic transmission. It delivers a power of 443 hp (326 kW) and 790Nm of maximum torque. If we compare, it is more powerful than the previous V8.
The new Sequoia promises to be more comfortable as a whole thanks to an architecture shared with the Tundra, Land Cruiser 300 and Lexus LX. Stiffness and ride comfort have been improved through the use of new techniques such as laser welding. There’s also a new electric power steering system and multi-link rear suspension.
Optionally it allows to equip a adaptive variable suspension. Also offered is a air suspension with rear height control and load leveling. Towing capacity is now 4,082 kg. In option we have a package tow tech what includes Straight Path Assist Y Trailer Backup Guide. At the safety level, it includes the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5.