Will a V8 be one of them?
The long-overdue next-generation Toyota Tundra is just around the corner. It's highly possible it'll be unveiled later this month, though Toyota has yet to confirm a specific date. Until then, more details are coming out about the third-generation full-size Tundra and it'll be well worth the long wait. Speaking to Motor Trend, Toyota's executive vice president of sales for North America, Bob Carter, confirmed the next Tundra will have two engine options.
The naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V8 will not be one of them, which comes as no surprise. Instead, the base engine is a "core powertrain that's substantially more powerful in terms of horsepower and torque than the current V8," according to Carter.
As a reminder, that V8 tops off at 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of twist. Carter didn't state whether the new base engine is a twin-turbocharged V6 or V8, but we're betting on the former. The optional engine, meanwhile, "will blow you away," the executive bragged. Unfortunately, he didn't go into detail but there's a pretty good chance it'll have some form of electrification or even a hydrogen powertrain.
Toyota previously confirmed plans to launch both battery-electric and hybrid trucks but we don't know if it was referring to the Tundra's optional engine. Full engine details are due in September and sales are due to begin in December.
Production will take place at Toyota's San Antonio, Texas facility that's currently tasked with building the Sequoia SUV. "We have our concept and our own technology that I think you'll be impressed," Carter added. "We're in it to win it."
That's a very confident thing to say in light of new competitors like the Ford F-150 Hybrid and F-150 Lightning. A facelifted Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 are also due for the new model year and, later next year, a fully electric Silverado will arrive. Toyota knows a thing or two about building pickup trucks so we're confident it'll deliver the goods.