The 2019 Toyota Sienna is all set to match the expectations set by the automotive market, with rumors of a Hybrid drive-train. Being a face-lift of the third generation Sienna, it will have mild improvements on the exterior and interior along with modifications that boast higher fuel economy with no compromise in power.
Toyota will certainly have to come up with something special in order to attain the high expectations it failed to match with the previous versions.
2019 Toyota Sienna Sporty Design
Beginning with the front grille, the new model has a much bigger one which makes it look very sporty, which is saying something considering the previous look. Additional lower rockers on the side and larger haze lights are also not bad to look at. The car comes in three standard colors: Toasted Walnut Pearl, Alumina Jade Metallic and Parisian Night Pearl.
The mid-level variant Sienna SE includes a covered front windshield, and high-end models include acoustic glass in the front and side windows. There are lots of speculations and rumors about interior changes. Knowing Toyota and their marketing strategy, there isn’t a lot to expect. In short, the 2019 Toyota Sienna will look as aggressive as it’s possible to make a big box look.
2019 Toyota Sienna Engine and Performance
The current 3.5L 2GR-FKS V6 engine will continue in the new model albeit upgrades and tweaks to improve fuel efficiency. Power output will remain the same at 296 HP and maximum torque will still be 263 lb-ft. Even though this sounds good enough, the engine resembles sports car engines because these numbers are made only at very high RPM. The van like this is supposed to have low-end torque but Toyota decided against it for some reason.
The Sienna is already one of the most fuel-efficient minivans available. The model will be boasting 20 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway. This, of course, is a result of the poor decisions by Toyota on the performance front. This is a low price to pay for practicality, however.
2019 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Rumors
As far as the rumors about hybrid power-trains, Toyota is putting a lot of money into R&D. Although hybrid systems are only a short-term solution there is tremendous pressure on manufacturers to improve efficiency. Still, there is no concrete evidence of the 2019 Toyota Sienna getting the hybrid treatment. If it does, however, its status as a practical minivan would only be reinforced.
Some rumors circulating that will use base one 3.5L V6 gasoline engine with an electric motor and the 17.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. For now, this is only rumors.
2019 Toyota Sienna MSRP and Release Date
The base model Sienna currently goes for $29,750. The 2019 model will probably be priced around the same margin as current sales are below par. The expected price is around $30,000 for the base model, climbing to maybe even $50,000 at the flagship level.
Expected release date based on speculation is around July 2018 but is subject to change even as late as mid-October. Considering the fact that this car is not a popular choice, don’t expect the 2019 Toyota Sienna to be the next best selling minivan just because of this update. The main competitors of this minivan are Nissan Quest, Kia Sedona and Dodge Grand Caravan.