The new Tundra is in the advanced testing stage and it is about to hit the market in the next year. There is a full load of novelties to come and many of them refer to the powertrain department. As you know, the current engine lineup consists of two thirsty V8 engines. So, Toyota desperately needs something more efficient, something that can compete with efficient twin-turbo engines from Raptor or even new turbo-four from Chevrolet. Therefore, the 2021 Toyota Tundra twin-turbo V6 seems like a certain thing. At this point, we know for sure that the new model will come with a hybrid powertrain based on this engine. However, is there a chance to see a pure gasoline option as well?
2021 Toyota Tundra Twin-Turbo V6 Hybrid
At this point, we know for sure that the new model will come in a hybrid version. It will come as the 2021 Toyota Tundra Twin-Turbo V6 Hybrid, based on a familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine and coupled with two or more electric motors. Details about the system are still unavailable. Still, we presume it will be similar to one that powers the luxurious Lexus LS sedan. Still, we expect much more power in this case. The full-size sedan is good for 354 horsepower, while the latest reports about the new Tundra suggest a max output of more than 450 horsepower.
Such a huge amount of power will definitely be highly beneficial in terms of towing and other performances, but we count on significantly improved fuel economy as well. That won’t be hard, considering that the current 5.7-liter V8 returns around 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. It simply can’t go any worse than that.
Could we see 2021 Toyota Tundra Twin-Turbo V6 pure gasoline version?
This is another possibility we could see in the new model. Simply, the new hybrid powertrain will be a way too expensive for base trim levels. So, we are pretty sure these models will keep conventional powertrain. While many expect to see the current 5.7-liter V8 in the new model as well, a small number of experts believe that the current base 4.6-liter unit will carry on. Instead, we should see a 2021 Toyota Tundra Twin-Turbo V6, equipped with well-known 3.5-liter V6 engines.
It is still early to speculate about exact numbers. Still, we presume the new engine would be rated somewhere between 300/350 horsepower. Of course, fuel economy should be much better compared to the current V8 counterpart.
V8 Could Remain as Option!?
New powertrain options will definitely come, but may potential buyers would still prefer a good old V8 powertrain. Therefore, we presume that the large 5.7-liter V8 will remain in the offer. The engine is currently rated at 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque and isn’t particularly efficient. So, we expect that Toyota will make a lot of modification on the engine, which would provide better fuel economy and also a little bit more power.
This would definitely be a great alternative to the 2021 Toyota Tundra Twin-Turbo V6 and hybrid version, especially in terms of a balance between price and capabilities. Also, keep in mind the spectacular reliability ratings of this amazing engine.
2021 Toyota Tundra Twin-Turbo V6 Release Date
We expect that the 2021 Toyota Tundra Twin-Turbo V6 will come along with the rest of the lineup, sometime in the next year. When it comes to the price, this should be the most affordable engine option in the offer.