The 2023 Toyota Sequoia rides on a fully boxed ladder frame platform shared with the latest Toyota Tundra mid-size pickup, Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX. This platform utilizes independent front suspension and multi-link rear suspension, while a new rack-mounted electronic power steering system has also been implemented. Customers will be able to equip the SUV with Load-Leveling Rear Height Control Air Suspension and Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS), as well, which Toyota says will be particularly beneficial to customers who plan to tow often with their Sequoia.
The standard powertrain across all trim levels is the Japanese automaker’s new twin-turbocharged V6 i-FORCE MAX hybrid setup, which was first unveiled on the new Tundra last year. This hybrid powertrain, which includes a 10-speed automatic transmission with an electric motor mounted in the bell housing, is good for 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. The towing capacity for the SUV sits at 9,000 pounds – a 27 percent increase over the outgoing model. Customers can make their towing experience with the vehicle a bit simpler via the Tow Tech Package, which is available on all trims and comes standard on the well-equipped TRD Pro and Capstone and adds a Trailer Backup Guide screen and Straight Path Assist steering.
The Sequoia will come standard with two-wheel-drive, while four-wheel-drive will be available on the base SR5, mid-grade Limited and Platinum and range-topping Capstone grades. The off-road focused TRD Pro meanwhile, will come standard with a part-time four-wheel-drive system with a selectable transfer case. A Drive Mode Select system will come standard across the board, including Eco, Normal and Sport settings, while models equipped with the above-mentioned adaptive suspension will add Comfort, Sport S+ and Custom modes.
Inside, the three-row SUV gets a new available 14-inch digital infotainment display, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a standard moonroof and standard heated seats, among more. Well-equipped grades like the Platinum and Capstone will also come with second-row captain’s chairs, a head-up display, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, LED headlights and taillights and Qi wireless charging, among more.
Lastly, the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 suite of active safety tech will come standard, bringing features like dynamic radar cruise control, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist and automatic high beams, among more.
Pricing for the 2023 Toyota Sequoia will be revealed closer to its U.S. market launch later this year.