According to numerous reports from different sources, the Japanese automaker is working on a brand-new full-size pickup truck. That’s right; it looks like we’ll finally see a redesigned 2021 Toyota Tundra. Still, one of the oldest models in the class continues with respectable sales numbers in different markets. But, the refreshment is more than necessary. The fans waiting for so long for the new generation, the current one is on the streets since 2007.
That’s a long period, even for the truck segment. Well, there have been updates during the past years. But, even the mid-cycle refreshment was back in 2015. Therefore, we expect that the forthcoming 2021MY will deliver a significant amount of updates and redesigned exterior, as well as the interior. However, we don’t know exactly how far the company is from the final stage of development.
So, the following sections are more based on speculation than the facts. We will try to cover some general stuff and wait until Toyota releases more info regarding the upcoming pickup. Anyhow, we assume that the new Tundra will be ready in about a year and a half from now.
Will 2021 Toyota Tundra Get A Needed Redesign?
The ongoing model is almost 12 years old. That’s a very long period, even for a full-size pickup truck. The automotive industry changes every day, and new trends are emerging. Therefore, Toyota must decide in which direction they will go with the 2021 Tundra.
Well, after the refreshing some of the most popular passenger vehicles, like Corolla, Camry, and, of course, RAV4, the Japanese company might shift its focus to the truck class as well. By all means, Tundra will keep the traditional body-on-frame design. However, in comparison to the current ongoing version, the 2021MY will probably come with notable weight savings and improved overall performance.
Furthermore, some reports claim that the redesigned truck will use the same platform form Land Cruiser and Sequoia. All in all, when the new model finally arrives, we expect to see better handling and driving experience. As for the appearance, thanks to the facelift, the ongoing variant is still a handsome truck.
But, the redesign is a must. The company must follow the current aesthetic in the industry and try to meet the customer’s needs. So, taking that into account, the Tundra will probably come with more angular design language. Also, Toyota will likely bring back a single cab body. The current model offers only Double Cab and CrewMax versions.
What Engine Will Be Under The Hood?
No doubt, the engine room is one of the main issues in the current Tundra model. It offers a familiar 5.7-liter V8 mill. Yes, this engine is durable, reliable, and produces a decent amount of power. Unfortunately, it includes some outdated technology too. As a result, the fuel economy ratings are the lowest in the segment.
So, there’s a coupe solution for the 2021 Toyota Tundra. The first one is to keep the existing powertrain, but it must get severe modifications. The second option is to add a smaller but more efficient mill. Also, we assume that the diesel option will be discussed as well.
The diesel version will probably include a 5.0-liter Cummins V8 drivetrain. The particular mill makes 310 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. On top of that, this engine should provide better fuel economy and better-towing capacity.
2021 Toyota Tundra Release Date and Price
As we already mentioned in the introduction paragraph, the official release date of 2021 Toyota Tundra is still unknown. However, some reports indicate that the redesigned full-size truck will be ready for the premiere in the late fall of 2021.
As for the price, the base model will be more affordable than the current version. The reason behind that is the fact that a single cab variant will be available again. So, with all that info, expect the starting price somewhere around $30,000.