If the rumors are correct, we will soon see the completely redesigned 2021 Toyota Tundra. Several reports suggest that the oldest truck in the full-size class is finally ready for some changes. It’s been five years since the latest facelift, and almost 12 from the debut.
Therefore, it is evident that Tundra needs some changes, and it needs them very soon. However, Toyota claims that the truck is still far from production. In the following review, we gather what we know so far about this model. Without further ado, let’s jump right in.
Redesign and New Platform
The current generation of the Japanese pickup truck is on the market for 12 years. You’ll agree, that’s way too long, even for the vehicle like this. So, we expect that the brand-new 2021 Toyota Tundra will get a completely new platform. Recently, Toyota finished the redesign process of the most popular passenger vehicles – Rav4, Camry, and Corolla.
Therefore, we patiently wait for the innovations to happen in the SUV and truck department as well. One thing for sure, 2021 Tundra will maintain the traditional body-on-frame layout. But, we do expect to see a new architecture, which will be used in the upcoming Toyota Sequoia and Land Cruiser models.
Also, the new Tundra could get significant weight-reducing and refined overall efficiency. On top of that, the company will improve the handling and overall driving experience, although the current Tundra rides pretty smooth, despite the age.
What Will 2021 Toyota Tundra Look Like?
The upcoming 2021 Toyota Tundra will introduce the new design language and significant exterior improvements. Last time the pickup went through a facelift was five years ago. Now, it’s time for a redesign. Still, we will have to wait for some official photos to talk any further about this topic.
Nevertheless, expect to see a more angular approach and the comeback of a single cab body. As for the cabin, the current generation’s dashboard looks very outdated. Just look at the Chevrolet Silverado or Ram 1500 and their well-designed cabins. That’s probably the path which Toyota must follow to stay competitive in this class. These vehicles come with a lot of soft-touch materials and the latest technology.
On the other hand, Tundra relies on hard and durable plastics. That must change, especially if the company wants to draw the attention of new customers. Besides the dashboard, the pickup must include the latest technology and updated infotainment system.
Arguably, the most significant issues of the current generation of Tundra is the engine. The current model uses a 5.7-liter v8 unit, which is very powerful and provides excellent durability. But, this engine features a pretty outdated technology solutions. As a result, the fuel economy is the lowest in the whole segment.
According to the reports for the company’s HQ, the forthcoming 2021 Toyota Tundra will probably keep this mill. But, it will go through severe adjustments and re-engineering to provide the best possible mpg ratings. Also, the pickup will include one smaller powertrain and the diesel option as well.
The diesel variant will probably be the well-known 5.0-liter V8 that powers the Cummins model. That unit produces 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of twist. So, if Toyota includes this mill, it will provide better fuel economy, and better-towing capacity as well.
2021 Toyota Tundra Release Date and Price
2021 Toyota Tundra is still far from the production line. But, the reports suggest that the pickup will be ready before Fall 2020. As for the price, the new model will be more affordable than the current version.
The reason for that is the single cab variant, which will be included again. So, taking into account, all the facts told, we expect that the new Tundra will start around $30,000.