The current generation of the popular pickup truck is finally to be replaced and expectations from the 2021 Toyota Tundra redesign are huge. The current model has been around for more than a decade, so we count on significant improvements in all aspects. Judging on the latest reports, there is a whole bunch of novelties to come with this redesign and many of them are important not only for the Japanese manufacturer but for the whole segment as well. We are about to see a new, electrified powertrain as one of the biggest novelties.
Of course, there is much more to come, starting from a new architecture, new styling and interior design, as well as some pretty interesting technical solutions. The new model is in a testing phase and it should hit the market in the next year. Some reports suggest we could see the 2021 Toyota Tundra first, but that is still an unconfirmed rumor.
2021 Toyota Tundra Gets New Architecture
Like any other redesign, this one will also bring a new platform. This will play a huge role in the upcoming overhaul, as we count on improvements in various aspects. The new platform is internally known as the F1 architecture and it should improve both ride quality and performances. Among many interesting mechanical solutions and technical novelties in general, we count on new suspension setup.
As you’ve probably already read, the testing model has been on the road for some time. It wears a complete camouflage, which doesn’t cover the sheet metal only, but also the rear suspension. This clearly indicates big changes and the latest reports suggest we are about to see some air components in the new setup.
Of course, that won’t be the only important novelty of the new platform. We count on many other things, including a significant weight reduction, thanks to a massive use of lightweight materials. At this point, it is still unclear whether the new model is about to come with significant dimensions changes or not.
Among numerous 2021 Toyota Tundra changes that are about to come, this is probably the most anticipated one. The new generation of the popular truck will be the first model in the segment to feature a hybrid powertrain. Allegedly, it will feature a system that is based on a turbocharged V6 engine, similar to the system that powers the Lexus LS 500h. However, we are about to see a significant power boost. Instead of 354 horsepower, the new system will feature a max output of around 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. With such numbers, we can expect great performances from the new 2021 Toyota Tundra. Not only that, same reports suggest that the new truck will be able to make 30 miles per gallon, which are spectacular ratings for the class of full-size trucks.
Obviously, the main reason for the introduction of a new hybrid powertrain is the inefficiency of the current V8 engine. Still, that doesn’t mean Toyota is going to give up from the engine that is famous for unparalleled reliability and durability. However, we count on a couple of tweaks to the famous 5.7-liter unit, which would provide a little bit more power and, more importantly, higher mpg ratings.
2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel Probably Won’t Happen
Despite numerous reports about the 2021 Toyota Tundra diesel, it looks like that won’t happen. The new generation was supposed to feature a familiar 5.0-liter V8 from Cummins. This unit would provide better fuel economy and also higher towing ratings compared to the current V8 engine. However, it looks like Toyota has given up on the idea of installing this engine. They will focus on electrification, as the hybrid model should be even more fuel-efficient, as well as far more environment-friendly.
New Styling and Interior Design
Naturally, this redesign will also bring novelties in terms of aesthetics. At this point, it is way too early to talk about anything more precise. The test mule wears a complete camouflage. Moreover, it looks like still uses sheet metal from the current generation. Still, we may presume that the new model will come without many radical changes. Simply, we presume that Toyota will stick to a conventional styling approach. Among numerous 2021 Toyota Tundra news, the one we should mention is that the single cab version is about to come back.
The 2021 Toyota Tundra hybrid will bring benefits in terms of performances and fuel economy, while the new interior is about to make Tundra far more comfortable and convenient. We count on a completely new cabin layout, with new design and higher-quality materials. Finally, we count on loads of new tech features, including a new infotainment system, equipped with smartphone goodies.
2021 Toyota Tundra Release Date
At this point, the best we could say about the 2021 Toyota Tundra is that it will hit the market sometime in the next year. Most likely, that will happen sometime in the third quarter of the next year, though we will have to wait for some more time to get details info from the company’s spokesmen.