The Toyota Tundra is said to be due to receive its next full redesign for the 2021 model year. While Toyota hasn't made any official announcement just yet, a report from the San Antonio Express-News claims the automaker is already showing a prototype Tundra to select dealers. This would mark the first major update since the vehicle's last redesign back in 2007.
Although trucks remain very popular here in the U.S., Toyota has largely played it safe with modest updates to its largest pickup. Most recently, the model gained an updated TRD Pro variant and dropped two engine choices: a 4.6-liter V8 and a Flex Fuel option. That leaves just one powertrain for the Tundra right now, a 5.7-liter V8.
Meanwhile, competitors like the Ford F-150 have made use of turbocharging for years and will feature hybrid technology plus fully-electric options down the road. At the same time, features like GMC's CarbonPro bed and RAM's split tailgate offer a refreshing dose of innovation compared to the aging Tundra.
Shoppers looking for the efficiency and capability of a diesel have some exciting choices like the RAM EcoDiesel boasting over 12,000 lbs of towing and up to 480 lb-ft of torque. Will the next Tundra leverage Toyota's hybrid technology or offer a truly competitive alternative to such a strong field of competitors? That remains to be seen.
The release date for the 2020 Tundra has not yet been announced. Based on the model's typical schedule, we estimate a release date sometime in the late summer or early fall of 2020.
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Pictured: 2020 Tundra