The next generation of the popular full-size truck is on its way. We are eagerly waiting to see some big changes to the model that hasn’t been redesigned for 13 years. At this point, we know many things about the new model. We know for sure it will get a new platform, new design, hybrid powertrain etc. On the other side, some reports also suggest the 2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel.
Currently, this is just a rumor. We are still waiting to hear something from the officials on this matter, but the Japanese manufacturer is pretty quiet on this matter. Does this mean that Toyota won’t offer such an engine, we can only speculate. The fact is that all three American rivals now have an oil-burner in the offer. However, Nissan gave up from it pretty quickly.
All in all, take the following paragraphs with a big reserve.
2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel Rumors and Specs
As we already mentioned, the 2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel is just a rumor at the moment. The company is still quiet on this matter but it’s clear that such a version would bring numerous benefits. After all, the current gasoline model is probably the thirstiest in the class. No matter the diesel engine choice, numbers would certainly be much higher compared to the current 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. Also, there is a matter of towing capacity, but the exact engine choice plays a critical role here.
Anyway, it looks like there are two possible solutions for the 2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel. The first one would be a familiar 5.0-liter V8 from Cummins, which is good for about 310 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. With such numbers, the new Tundra would be able to make some of the best ratings in the class, when it comes to towing capacity.
Still, keep in mind that Nissan Titan XD already came with this engine and that results weren’t as good as the company expected. Moreover, sales were that slow that Nissan decided to discontinue this engine after just a couple of years.
Therefore, many see 2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel with something smaller. Rivals feature six-cylinder turbodiesels, so we may expect the same from Toyota. Unfortunately, the company doesn’t have such an engine in its portfolio, so once again we should expect an engine from a third party.
2021 Toyota Tundra Redesign and Novelties
Whether the 2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel arrives or not, this redesign will bring lots of interesting changes and novelties. As we already mentioned, the company has prepared a completely new platform, codenamed F1. The new architecture will bring loads of improvements, starting from better efficiency, performances, ride quality etc. Speaking of the ride quality, it is almost certain that the new model will get a completely new rear suspension, probably with air components.
Another thing we should mention is that the new platform is modular. Therefore, it won’t just be used for full-size trucks and SUVs, but for mid-size models like Tacoma and 4Runner as well.
Styling and Interior Design
In terms of the styling, we are pretty sure that the 2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel won’t feature any notable difference compared to standard gasoline models. The upcoming redesign is about to bring a new look, but we don’t count on any radical changes. We presume that the new Tundra will carry on with a classical approach, so the new model will be nothing more than an evolution of the current model. Of course, the biggest changes are expected at the front, while we count on more muscles in all other areas of the truck. Still, the overall shape should remain pretty similar. Another thing we should mention is that a single cab version is expected to come back.
The same story goes for interior design. Practically, the instrument cluster should be the only major difference compared to the rest of the lineup. Other than that, we count on significant updates, considering that the current cabin looks quite old and outdated. We count on a completely new dashboard layout, with more attractive shapes and finer materials. Of course, we also count on loads of new tech features. This particularly refers to the new infotainment system and smartphone integration. Also, we count on a touchscreen that will be large enough to compete with the one we can find in the new Ram 1500, as well as the new one that is coming in the new F-150.
Release Date and Price
If the company decides to offer such a version, we presume that the 2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel release date will be scheduled for the second half of 2020. When it comes to the price, it all depends on the engine choice, but we may presume that the base price would go over 40.000 dollars in any case.