Take a look at these images of the upcoming 2023 Toyota Sequoia prototype towing a large trailer near Phoenix, Arizona. Thanks to Ryan J. for allowing us to use these images here.
All the unofficial information we have so far suggests that the next Sequoia will be based on the new chassis and the new TNGA-F platform. It’s the same platform that underlies the new 2022 Toyota Tundra which is set to go on sale at the end of this year.
While the platform and chassis are new, the next-gen Sequoia will likely retain independent rear suspension and not the solid multi-link coil-spring rear axle used in the new Tundra.
In these images, we see the new Sequoia crouching a bit under the load of the trailer. The test vehicle uses a weight distributing hitch. This suggests that the SUV is towing well over 5,000 lbs. The current Sequoia 2022 up to 7,400 lbs. However, this is no longer competitive for the segment. The segment leader Chevy Tahoe is designed to tow over 8,400 lbs. The latest Ford Expedition is designed to tow 9,300 lbs. The all-new Grand Wagoneer can pull up to 10,000 lbs, according to the manufacturer.
The all-new Sequoia will likely use the same 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that’s also in the 2022 Tundra. Horsepower rating is expected to be very close to 389 horsepower. The 10-speed automatic transmission should also be there.
I’m assuming the new Sequoia will be rated to tow somewhere in the neighborhood between 9,000-10,000 lbs. That would make it much more competitive in the full-size, three-row SUV segment.
Here is another member of the new SUV family – the 2022 Lexus LX 600.