This really isn't an ideal situation.
The current Toyota Tundra has been on sale for 13 years now. Toyota updated the full-size truck back in 2014 to keep it looking fresh, but a replacement is long overdue. We know a next-generation version of the Tundra is coming, but Toyota has remained tight-lipped.
With the Tundra in danger of becoming obsolete in the ever-evolving tuck segment, Toyota needs to act fast if it wants to compete with Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram. While the all-new Toyota Tundra was expected to go on sale for the 2021 model year, The Fast Lane Truck claims we're going to have to wait even longer.
An anonymous insider source told the publication the next-generation Toyota Tundra will go on sale for the 2022 model year and arrive in dealerships as late as December 2021.
This isn't ideal because sales of the Tundra have been falling as Toyota faces increased competition in the full-size truck segment from new versions of the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram 1500. If the next-generation model is still two years away, Toyota may need to launch another update for the Tundra in the meantime to boost sales.
Rumors suggest the new Tundra will pack a twin-turbo 3.5-liter gas V6 engine with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery system producing a combined output of around 450 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque while still achieving 30+ mpg. That would make the new model much more powerful than the current Tundra, which is available with a 4.6-liter V8 and 5.7-liter V8 developing 310 hp and 327 lb-ft of torque and 381 hp and 401 lb-ft, respectively. Regardless of the trim, power is sent through a six-speed automatic transmission.
The new Tundra is also expected to be upgraded with air suspension and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Hopefully, it won't be long until we get a preview of the styling changes with some camouflaged prototypes of the next-generation Toyota Tundra.