With a hybrid drivetrain, we think this could be a winner.
We haven't seen an all-new Toyota Tundra in a very long time. The second-generation model debuted back in 2006, and aside from a significant facelift back in 2013, it's chugged along with only minor changes ever since. Rumors suggest that an all-new model could arrive next year as a 2022 model year vehicle, sporting a potent hybrid powertrain.
At least for now, the 2021 Toyota Tundra carries over mostly unchanged from 2020, and we haven't seen much in the way of spy shots for the next-generation. Though there aren't any prototypes to base it on, rendering artist Nikita Chuiko took a blind stab at what he thinks the new Tundra should look like (pictured below).
Much like the recently-revealed 2021 Ford F-150, we can tell this new Tundra rendering doesn't differ drastically from the current model. Truck buyers are a loyal bunch, and rarely require drastic styling changes to convince them to trade out from their older model. In fact, changing the styling too much could deter many truck buyers who have become familiar with a particular design.
To this effect, the Tundra rendering keeps the updates simple with an enlarged grille with a new pattern, narrower LED headlights, and a different bumper. At the back, the LED taillights look more in-line with the Toyota Hilux, which should share a new Global Truck platform with the next-generation Tundra and Tacoma.
As for what's under the hood, we expect Toyota to finally retire its 5.7-liter V8 that's been in service for well over a decade now. In its place, a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 should come paired with an electric motor, combining to produce a rumored 450 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque.
Not only is this new powertrain expected to produce more power than the current V8, but it should also achieve around 30 mpg combined. If these powertrains rumors are true and the Tundra receives an appealing but minimal styling update, we think it could be a huge success.