While not nearly the high-volume seller American full-size trucks are, the Toyota Tundra is an important product. A new generation is coming for 2021 and it could unveil some new tricks that might make the pickup more compelling to some shoppers.
The most interesting rumor, which is supposed to be from an anonymous inside source, claims the 2021 Toyota Tundra will pack some serious heat using a twin-turbo V-6 engine paired with an electric motor. While there’s a similar setup in the Lexus LS 500h, this source claims tuning will push output to a monstrous 450 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. of torque or so. That’s a pretty big power bump, blowing away most competitors. One thing plenty of truck shoppers want is loads of torque and horsepower.
Even more interesting, this source also claims the hybrid powertrain will net over 30 mpg. It wasn’t clarified if that’s combined or highway, but either one is still pretty impressive considering it would match or exceed the diesel engine ratings for competing trucks.
In the past, Toyota brass has dropped major hints about a hybrid powertrain for the Tundra. We probably can expect hybrid versions of every Toyota in the near future. The new Tundra and subsequently the Sequoia will use an international truck platform called F1. It’s rumored to be engineered specifically for hybrid powertrains.
What kind of impact would a super powerful, highly efficient Toyota Tundra have on the North American truck market? We might see soon enough.
Source: TFL Truck