While most of the latest reports speculate about the new diesel version and its potential capabilities, there are also many reports about first hybrid trucks, which should start arriving in the first half of next decade. We can hear a lot of talk about models like F-150 Hybrid, but it all suggests that the Tundra will be the first truck to come with such powertrain. The Toyota Tundra Hybrid should arrive with the next generation of this popular truck.
The current version will remain in production for another couple of years, so Toyota engineers will have enough time to end development of this powertrain system. Although fuel economy is the first things that come to mind when someone mentions hybrid vehicles, it looks like Toyota wants to offer something that is actually really capable. Therefore, we count on something very powerful.
Toyota Tundra Hybrid Powertrain
The redesign of this full-size truck should happen in a couple of years. Considering the age of a current generation, it will certainly bring a huge number of significant changes. Still, the electrified powertrain will still remain the most interesting one. At this point, we can only speculate about the details.
According to our reliable source, it looks like Toyota will once again come with a combination of a V6 engine and electric motors. As a pioneer of hybrid technology, this company always puts ambitious goals when it comes to performances and fuel economy. So, we expect nothing less from the Toyota Tundra Hybrid.
The company already has a hybrid system in its offer that could serve as a basis for the new truck. Interestingly, it powers a sports car, the LC. This coupe is considered to be one of the class-leaders in this highly-prestigious segment. Besides a classic gasoline version, it is also available with a hybrid powertrain. It uses an advanced system that combines 295-hp gasoline and a couple of electric motors with 177 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. A total amount of power goes up to 355 horses, which seems like a fine amount for a full-size truck.
We won’t speculate about possible Toyota Tundra Hybrid mileage and towing capacity until we find out more details about the powertrain.
Toyota Tundra Hybrid Design
In terms of base design characteristics, the Toyota Tundra Hybrid shouldn’t be much different compared to gasoline models. Of course, a couple of distinctive details seem certain, but the overall design should remain pretty close. A hybrid powertrain is expected to come along with the redesign, so we count on significant improvements in terms of chassis design, overall capabilities etc.
Most likely, the Toyota Tundra Hybrid will be reserved for higher trims, more expensive versions. Therefore, we don’t count on single-cab models or something like that. Due to a hybrid powertrain, this version will probably feature a little bit smaller cargo capacity, compared to gasoline models.
Among exclusive styling details, we can count on a familiar blue badge, as well as the unique grille, bumpers etc. A few exclusive color options also seem quite likely. On the inside, unique color schemes and a little bit different list of standard equipment is something we can count on.
When will Toyota Tundra Hybrid arrive?
As we already mentioned, don’t count on Toyota Tundra Hybrid trucks before a complete redesign. Most likely, the new version of this truck will come in a couple of years. We are not sure if Toyota Tundra Hybrid will be ready for the initial launch. So, it won’t be a surprise if this version would have to wait for another year.
Should I try 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel first!?
A new hybrid version seems like a real breakthrough, considering the segment. Still, keep in mind that you would have to wait for two more years, in the best case. If you’re not patient, the good news is that the company prepares a diesel version for the next year. It definitely sounds like something you should try before Toyota Tundra Hybrid arrives. The 2020 Toyota Tundra Diesel will allegedly come with a familiar 5.0-liter V8 Cummins engine, which delivers around 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. Additional torque promises better-towing capacity compared to current gasoline models.
Also, count on a much better fuel economy, which is probably the weakest point of current gasoline models. With current V8 gasoline units, the best you can get is 15 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.