The recent update of this super-reliable truck has brought a lot of interesting novelties. However, we are still waiting for the real thing, for a complete redesign. At this point, there aren’t too many details about it, but you can read a lot of rumors on various reports that circulate on the network. In these reports, you can see all kinds of speculations, but a waste majority of the put focus on the hybrid version. Without any doubt, a hybrid powertrain is a certain thing for future Tundra. However, we can’t say for sure when this is going to happen. Those most optimistic reports are suggesting that could come already like the 2021 Toyota Tundra Hybrid.
Rivals Are Preparing As Well
It’s no secret that most truck makers are already working on electrified versions of their trucks. The new Ram 1500 already came with a mild hybrid system, which is standard in V6 and optional in the V8 engine. It uses regenerative braking to make electricity, but the system by itself is pretty modest, as it adds just a little bit of torque.
On the other side, Ford plans something more serious. According to the latest reports, a more capable hybrid version is about to come in a year or two, while some reports also suggest an all-electric version in the future as well. GM is keeping its projects as secret, but we have no doubt that something is cooking in this company too.
In Accordance To Reputation
The Japanese manufacturer is pretty much the undisputed industry leader when it comes to hybrid technologies. Therefore, the 2021 Toyota Tundra Hybrid seems so natural. Moreover, it seems like a must, if the company wants to keep its reputation and retain its leading position. It is still unclear which model will come electrified first, Tundra or Tacoma. If we can rely on the latest reports, it looks that the mid-size pickup will give a shot first. However, the electrified Tundra will come right after, as the two models are expected to feature pretty similar powertrain.
2021 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Powertrain
This is definitely the most interesting part of the 2021 Toyota Tundra Hybrid. At this point, we don’t have the exact information, so we will have to rely on rumors and start to speculate. Of course, we don’t expect to see a system based on a small 4-cylinder engine. In order to be competitive in terms of performances, we may presume that the new model would come with a system that is based on one of the two current engines. To remind you, the current model comes with two V8 engines, with 4.6 and 5.7 liters in displacement and any of these two can be a good basis for electrification.
On the other side, there is also a big chance to see some of the already existing hybrid powertrains under the hood of 2021 Toyota Tundra Hybrid. The first one that comes to mind is the one that powers Lexus LS and LC 500h models. This system is based on a 3.5-liter V6 engine and delivers a total output of 354 horsepower, and seems like a perfect match for this occasion. Of course, we would expect to see a couple of modifications, but the things would generally remain the same.
Finally, there is a possibility that Toyota will build a completely new system, designed especially for this occasion.
2021 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Release Date
The only thing that we heard from Toyota is that they are considering a hybrid powertrain for Tundra. Unofficially, the new model is already under development. Therefore, reports that suggest new 2021 Toyota Tundra Hybrid could come in a year or two sound quite likely.