According to some earlier reports, the next-generation Tundra has pretty good chances to get a hybrid powertrain. The chances are increased today with a new testing prototype of the full-size pickup truck. Reportedly, the camouflaged model has been spied cruising almost soundless. If photographers of the spy shots don’t lie, then the 2021 Toyota Tundra Hybrid was rustling around 30 mph using electric aid.
Allegedly, the pickup will rely on a powerful drivetrain. The system will exploit a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine from Lexus and electric assistance. Originally, the option under the hood of the Lexus LS 500h delivers 354 horsepower. On the other hand, the hybrid truck will manage to squeeze out 450 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. The absurdly powerful pickup should deliver quite impressive fuel economy numbers, which are estimated to be around 30+ mpg/combined. Taking into account that today’s model paired with the 4.6-liter V8 stops at 16 mpg/combined, the hybrid option could be quite an achievement for the carmaker. The increased efficiency won’t be caused by the new drivetrain only. Judging by the newest reports, the 2021 Toyota Tundra Hybrid will use a new 10-speed automatic transmission, and the ‘box is surely smoother and more efficient than the current six-speed cog-swapper.
As reported earlier this year, the new-gen Tundra will shift to a new architecture. The new F1 platform will reportedly underpin Toyota’s entire pickup truck lineup, including the overseas Hilux, as well as the brand’s body-on-frame SUV fleet. The new chassis will not only support electric technology; it will also cut down building expenses and some pounds. Yes, the F1 will use lightweight materials, which will make the full-size pickup truck lighter and more rigid.
Styling-wise, the testing prototype doesn’t really reveal too many details thanks to the camouflage, so we can’t really know what’s going on beneath. Still, previous spy shots hinted a new face with thinner headlights and a single-bar grille. What’s far more important from the front end styling is a fact that the rear end of the prototype has revealed a new suspension. Yes, the 2021 Tundra will exploit an independent air suspension which will make ride incomparably better.