At the TMMTX plant in Texas, serial production of the third–generation Toyota Sequoia has started – now Sequoia is produced on the same line as the Tundra co-platform pickup truck. The production of the SUV was transferred to the Texas company from the TMMI assembly site in Indiana, it cost the Japanese company $391 million. In addition to Sequoia and Tundra, Tacoma medium-sized pickups are also assembled in Texas.
The “third” Toyota Sequoia debuted in early 2022. The frame SUV shares a platform not only with the Tundra pickup truck but also with the Toyota Land Cruiser 300. The model is presented in the USA with an alternative hybrid i-Force Max installation, which consists of a 3.5-liter V6 turbo engine and an electric motor built into a ten-band automatic. The combined output of the system is the same as that of the Tundra: 443 horsepower and 790 Nm of torque.
The competitive advantage of the new Sequoia has become fuel efficiency: for 100 kilometers of mileage in a mixed cycle, a full-size rear-wheel drive SUV consumes 10.7 liters of fuel. For comparison, the predecessor of the 2007 model was much more voracious and spent 15.7 liters of gasoline.
Prices for the model in the United States range from 59.8 thousand to 79.8 thousand dollars for a top-end all-wheel drive Toyota Sequoia Capstone 4×4.
As for the plant in Texas, the modernization of which cost Toyota $391 million, 2.6 thousand jobs were organized there. At the same time, 3.6 thousand employees and 5.3 thousand suppliers of components were involved in preparing the site for the launch of Sequoia.
“The third–generation Sequoia has ushered in a new era of electrified cars that will help us move closer to carbon neutrality,” said Kevin Voelkel, head of Toyota Texas.