The next generation of this full-size pickup truck is one of the most anticipated models for the next year and we are eagerly waiting to see it. However, it looks like the launch of the new model has been delayed and that the new Tundra won’t come before the second half of next year, as the 2022 model. Obviously, this means that the 2021 Toyota Tundra changes will be minimal. We expect to see a familiar design, as well as pretty much the same features.
Of course, it’s always possible to see a couple of interesting novelties, especially when it comes to standard equipment. On the other side, most of the things will remain the same, which means you may count on the same ride quality, performance and efficiency. Also, this means you can count on stellar reliability ratings, which have always been some of the Tundra’s main advantages over the competition.
2021 Toyota Tundra Changes – Exterior
This aspect definitely won’t bring any particular change. The next-year model is about to carry on in the same way, so you may count on a familiar design, which hasn’t been significantly changed for more than a decade. The current generation has been around since 2007 and the current model is essentially the same, although certain updates have been made in the meanwhile. Still, those changes were mostly in terms of aesthetics, while the mechanical aspect of the truck is pretty much the same.
That’s one of the reasons why we don’t expect to see some significant 2021 Toyota Tundra change. This perfectly makes sense if we consider that this should finally be the last production year. Of course, it’s always possible to see smaller tweaks, such as new color options, but even such updates don’t seem very likely.
Changes on the insides aren’t expected either. Although the current cabin definitely needs an update, the company will wait for a complete overhaul to introduce them. The current cabin looks outdated in so many ways. First of all, most materials are hard plastics. Second, the aesthetics are definitely something that belongs to another era of the automotive industry, something that has been typical for older generations of vehicles. Also, keep in mind the outdated infotainment system and other tech goodies. Some reports were suggesting a new infotainment system for the next year, but we think that this will rather come with the redesigned model.
On the other side, there are some strong points in the current cabin, despite the age. This particularly refers to the interior room, as Tundra features one of the largest cabins around, no matter if we are talking about a Double Cab or CrewMax version. In both versions, there is plenty of room in both rows.
2021 Toyota Tundra Features – Changes
This is the aspect we can always see some interesting novelties. Therefore, some of them could come for the next-year model as well. Still, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Toyota Tundra changes will be minimal in this aspect too, especially if we consider that smartphone goodies like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have been added recently. Base versions currently come with a 7-inch touchscreen, while higher trims feature a bigger, 8-inch unit.
Still, the strongest point of this truck is definitely the number of safety features. All models come standard with things like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control. In higher trims, you can also get things like front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.
2021 Toyota Tundra Changes – Engine
This aspect definitely won’t bring any particular change. As you probably know, a smaller 4.6-liter unit has been discontinued recently, so the only engine in the offer now is a large 5.7-liter V8. With 380 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque, we can say it has a lot of power. The engine definitely moves this huge truck with ease, while it also offers unparalleled reliability and durability among pickup trucks. On the other side, it is also the thirstiest unit in the class. You may count on just 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway, which are the lowest ratings among full-size pickup trucks.
When it comes to the transmission, you may count on a good old 6-speed automatic gearbox. Sometimes, it hesitates to change gear, especially when it comes to downshift. However, the overall impression of this gearbox is pretty good.
Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no bigger 2021 Toyota Tundra changes to come, we presume it will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. When it comes to the price, the current model starts at around 33.500 dollars and things shouldn’t change drastically for the next-year model.