A new Toyota Tundra is around the corner, and our spy shooters believe they captured a hybrid model out testing. We previously blogged about a rumor that the truck would get a hybrid powertrain. However, there was no proof of it at that point. Now, we feel a bit more confident that Toyota is at least testing the Tundra with a hybrid powertrain.
2021 Toyota Tundra Engine
The photographers state they heard the hum of the electrics, followed by the noise of an engine kicking on around 25-30 miles per hour on numerous events while trailing the truck seen here. Our previous story speculated that Toyota might use a hybridized version of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 we saw make its launching in the Lexus LS500. Another possible powertrain alternative could likewise be obtained from the LS500h. That one uses a naturally aspirated V6 and an electric motor for a total system output of 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. If it’s previous, we’ll anticipate considerably more power, with the powertrain likely being thought about for a flagship version of the truck. Our guess would put a hybridized variation of the twin-turbo V6 at about 450-500 horsepower.
2021 Toyota Tundra Spy Shots
This particular tester does not look like a “flagship” truck with the little, steel wheels, however, who understands what Toyota depends on with its test vehicle. Physical details of the Tundra mule we see here are similar to the previous set of pictures we got. Toyota is still trying additional difficult to make sure we don’t know what’s happening with the rear suspension, carrying out all sorts of brushes and blockers. Whatever back of the cab is kept tightly under covers, and the front end gets the same treatment. None of the lights seem production units at this moment. However, they’re concealed.
2021 Toyota Tundra Platform
A previous report told us that the new Tundra and Tacoma would share a platform internally called F1. We anticipate the very first truck on this platform to be revealed in 2020, so that tells us we’ll see the new Tundra next year sometime– the Tacoma most likely still has a little a wait till its next overhaul. Hybridization, with still unknown quantities of power, will likely be along for the ride when the truck is finally shown.