We are getting a lot of reports about the next generation of the full-size truck. Among many novelties that have been confirmed or rumored, those about powertrain options seem most interesting. As you probably know, everyone talks about the new Tundra Hybrid these days. Many of these reports suggest that the new electrified powertrain will replace the good old V8 engine, which will be discontinued. That definitely won’t happen and you can be sure that the 2021 Toyota Tundra V8 version will hit the market as well.
Of course, we don’t expect that the current unit will remain untouched. We count on a lot of modifications that would make this engine more efficient, more powerful and with better fuel economy.
2021 Toyota Tundra V8 Specs
The current version of the 5.7-liter V8 engine may have a couple of drawbacks, but that doesn’t mean that the Japanese manufacturer will give up from it. Simply, it is too good to be discontinued, particularly in terms of reliability and durability. That has always been Tundra’s strongest point. On the other side, the fuel economy is poor and presume that this aspect of the engine will be in the focus of Toyota engineers in this case.
Therefore, the 2021 Toyota Tundra V8 engine will undergo various modifications. First of all, we expect big improvements in terms of fuel economy, considering that the current version returns 13/17 mpg city/hwy only, which is pretty disappointing. Besides the low fuel economy, the new version of the engine will have to meet the latest emissions standards.
2021 Toyota Tundra V8 mpg ratings should be much better, but we count on more power as well. The current version is good for about 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. So, we presume that the new version would definitely feature more than 400 horses.
More details about 2021 Toyota Tundra V8 specs should be known in the future.
While the bigger, 5.7-liter engine will carry on, the base 4.6-liter V8 will probably be discontinued. Instead, we will see a much more efficient twin-turbo V6, which should feature more power and also much better mpg ratings. This won’t be very hard, considering that the current model returns around 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. The new model should be able to make more than 20 mpg in a combined ride with ease. When it comes to power, we expect around 350 horsepower from this engine.
As we’ve just mentioned, a new V6 should be reserved for the base version. The 2021 Toyota Tundra V8 will power mid-range options, while the models with a new hybrid powertrain will be most expensive. According to the latest reports, this version will feature a system that is based on the same twin-turbo V6 engine but also gets help from a couple of electric motors. The exact details are still unavailable, but most reports suggest that a max output will go around 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. Such numbers also promise great 2021 Toyota Tundra towing capacity, which should be among the highest in the class. Still, the best thing about this model should be impressive fuel economy. We are waiting for the numbers.
2021 Toyota V8 Tundra Changes
Of course, this redesign won’t bring novelties under the hood only. We count on various other 2021 Toyota Tundra changes as well. First of all, the Japanese manufacturer is preparing a new platform, codenamed F1. It will be highly modular architecture. It will underprint next-generation Land Cruiser, as well as mid-size models like Tacoma and 4Runner. Weight reduction, better driving characteristics and more comfort are just some of the things we expect from the new platform.
Among many mechanical improvements, one of the most interesting is a new rear suspension. The testing model doesn’t hide sheet metal only, but the rear axle as well. This indicates major changes in that aspect as well. According to the latest reports, a solid axle design will remain, but we count on some air components.
Exterior and Interior Design
Naturally, this redesign will bring completely new exterior and interior design as well. The testing model has been spotted on the road. However, it still wears a complete camouflage, so we can’t go into anything specific. Still, we presume that the new model will stick to conventional design solutions and that we won’t see any radical change in terms of aesthetics. On the other side, the interior should come with significant improvements, particularly in terms of the dashboard design and the latest technologies. Speaking of the latest technologies, new infotainment system, smartphone integration and all other kinds of connectivity features are the things we count on.
When will 2021 Toyota Tundra V8 arrive?
We have no doubt that the 2021 Toyota Tundra V8 will be one of the first Tundra versions to hit the market. We expect to see it in the second half of next year.