Toyota put the all new 2008 Toyota Sequoia on parade at the Los Angeles Auto Show earlier today. The full-size SUV is built with a new body, chassis, and interior.
Interestingly, the chief engineer on the project, Motoharu Araya, tried to come up with the best possible SUV by immersing himself in Americana for two-and-a-half-years. Araya spent time living with an American family to figure out how they utilized their SUV, and what the truck means to them. In the end, he delivered the new Sequoia, meant to be quieter, more comfortable, and more stable than other vehicles in the same class.
Under the hood, Toyota has unleashed a 5.7 liter V8 engine paired with a six-speed transmission, and gets 381 horsepower and 401 ft-lb of torque. Toyota claims the new Sequoia has "excellent fuel efficiency and very low emissions," but we are a bit sceptical.
Inside, the TOyota Sequoia has been redesigned to feel roomier, with a cabin size that is longer, wider, and taller than the last Sequoia. Now, there is even more space for groceries in the back, since the second row and third row seats all fold flat. An eight-speaker audio system is standard, but that is upgradeable to a 660-watt JBL Synthesis system with 14 speakers throughout the vehicle.
The new 2008 Toyota Sequoia has a base model with a 4.7 liter V8 standard, that also rides on 18-inch wheels. 20-inch wheels are available as an option. On top of everything else, this sucker can tow 10,000 pounds behind it. Expect to see the new Sequoia on the showroom floor very soon.