The next generation of the full-size pickup truck is on the way and should hit the market in the next year. At this point, we already know a lot of new things that are about to come, starting from a completely new design, hybrid powertrain and many other things. However, it looks like the company is planning to present a concept or prototype version first and it looks like this could happen in late 2020 or early 2021. This clearly indicates the 2021 Toyota Tundra Concept might be presented at some of the major car shows that are happening in this period, including both L.A. and Detroit auto shows.
In any case, it is expected that the Japanese manufacturer will show most of the novelties that are about to come with this concept, including a powertrain.
What to expect to see on 2021 Toyota Tundra Concept?
First of all, we expect that most of the design will be ready for this presentation, including the styling. At this point, aesthetics are still a mystery, but we have no doubt that the 2021 Toyota Tundra Concept will present to us Toyota’s typical aesthetical approach, which is mostly about conservative and cautious design moves. Still, we may expect to see some interesting details as well. It’s still early to talk about the exact design language, but some nice rendering photos have already appeared on the network and the show that the new generation could easily borrow design solutions from smaller crossovers, such as RAV4.
The styling is always important, but the thing that interests most drivers is the mechanical aspect of the truck. We are not sure if we’ll be able to see all these things on the 2021 Toyota Tundra Concept but there is already a lot of things we know about the next-generation model. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the platform, which has been codenamed F1. At this point, we don’t know the details, but it is expected that the new architecture will bring various benefits. One of the biggest issues with the current generation is the ride quality, which is on a notably lower level compared to rivals.
We presume that Toyota engineers will focus on that a lot. Moreover, we also count that the chassis will be stiffer and able to provide higher towing ratings. Of course, the new platform should utilize lightweight materials and save some pounds, in order to get better fuel economy.
Another thing that could be unveiled on this 2021 Toyota Tundra Concept is the suspension setup. If you look at the testing model, you can see that the rear axle is completely camouflaged. This clearly indicates a new setup, so we presume that Toyota will finally get rid of leaf springs and drum brakes.
2021 Toyota Tundra Concept Powertrain
The powertrain should be another big thing for the 2021 Toyota Tundra Concept. We presume this will be the perfect occasion for Toyota officials to come up with exact specs of the new hybrid powertrain. At this point, we know that the new system will be base on a V6 engine and that should come with a couple of electric motors. Most reports suggest a max output of around 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, while we also count on pretty high mpg ratings.
One of the things that might not be presented with the 2021 Toyota Tundra Concept is the interior. We presume that Toyota engineers will deal with this aspect in the final stage of development. Therefore, we might not be able to see this part of the next-generation truck. In any case, we expect significant improvements compared to the current model, which seems outdated both in terms of materials and from aesthetical standpoint. On the other side, the current model still features one of the most spacious cabins in the class, so we presume things won’t change that much in this aspect.
2021 Toyota Tundra Concept Release Date
As we’ve already mentioned, the 2021 Toyota Tundra Concept might be presented at some of the major car shows in late 2020 or early 2021. However, take this with a reserve, as the officials are still quiet on this matter.