A lot of talk has been around these days about the 2021 Toyota Tundra Redesign. While some reports suggest that the overhaul will be delayed for a year, others suggest that the Japanese manufacturer will stick to the planned schedules. In our opinion, this isn’t that matter, considering that the current generation is present on the market for 13 years. Therefore, we will focus on expected changes, rather than speculate about the launch date. Therefore, we will call it a 2021-model for this occasion.
The expected amount of novelties that the 2021 Toyota Tundra Redesign is about to bring is huge. After such a long period between two redesigns, you can’t expect anything less than that. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the new hybrid powertrain, but there is actually much more, starting from a new chassis, new styling, new interior design and improvements in pretty much every aspect.
2021 Toyota Tundra Redesign Specs
Without any doubt, the thing that draws the most attention is a new powertrain. According to the latest reports, the 2021 Toyota Tundra Redesign will bring a new, electrified powertrain. At this point, we are still waiting for the officials to say something about it, but most sources suggest we are about to see a system that is based on a twin-turbo V6 engine, which would come in a combination with a couple of electric motors. Most likely, that would be a system similar to one that can be found in the Lexus LS 500h.
Still, we count on a significant power boost. While the luxury sedan is good for 354 horsepower, the new Tundra is expected to feature a max output of more than 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. With such amount of power, you may count on spectacular performances and capabilities, but on a great fuel economy as well. Some reports suggest more than 30 mpg in certain driving conditions, which would be unparalleled ratings in the class.
V8 Remains, or not?
While we eagerly waiting to see how the new hybrid powertrain will work, many wonder about the future of the current V8. The famous 5.7-liter unit is powerful, but also pretty thirsty. That’s the reason why some believe it could be discontinued. We don’t believe in such a scenario, considering that this is the most reliable engine in the class and that still one of the main things many truck drivers care about. Therefore, we would rather like to see some updates, which would provide better mpg ratings, as well as a little bit more power.
Another thing we should mention is that all powertrain that will be in the offer in the next-generation Tundra will probably come with a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
2021 Toyota Tundra Redesign Platform
Of course, this is also a vastly important aspect of the 2021 Toyota Tundra Redesign. At this point, we know for sure that the Japanese manufacturer has developed a completely new architecture, codenamed F1. It will be modular and used for a complete BoF lineup, including both trucks and SUVs. The new Tundra will be the first one to ride on it, but that should be the case with next-generation Tacoma, Hilux, 4Runner, Land Cruiser and other models as well.
The new chassis is expected to be stiffer, but also lighter. The main improvement is should bring refers to towing capacity. Along with new powertrain options, it should provide a max towing capacity of around 13.000 pounds, which would be great numbers for a half-ton pickup truck.
Styling and Interior Design
Naturally, new styling will be an integral part of 2021 Tundra Redesign. At this point, the testing model still wears a complete camouflage, so it’s hard to talk about details. On the other side, we’ve seen some rendering photos that suggest the new face might take a lot of inspiration from models like RAV4, Highlander etc. We expect that the mule will take off some of its camouflage soon.
Besides a new exterior design, we also have big expectations from the 2021 Toyota Tundra interior redesign. The current cabin definitely looks outdated, both in terms of aesthetics and materials. Therefore, we presume that the new cabin will look significantly more attractive. We count on modern lines, finer materials, but also on loads of new tech features.
On the other side, we don’t expect that the new 2021 Toyota Tundra redesign will bring significant changes in terms of the size, considering that the current model is already the most spacious half-ton pickup truck around when it comes to legroom and overall interior room.