Toyota already announced that they are developing an all-new F1 platform which will be in charge of the company’s entire pickup truck fleet and several SUVs. The new body-on-frame architecture has the strongest chances to make its official debut with the manufacturer’s full-size pickup truck. The vehicle has been spied testing once again, yet this time we are not dealing with any kind of Tundra, but with the 2021 Toyota Tundra Hybrid.
The electrified full-size truck will reportedly use a similar drivetrain as the Lexus LS500. However, the output of the electrically assisted twin-turbo 3.5-liter will be significantly higher this time. While the Lexus’ sedan comes with a 354-hp powertrain, the 2021 Tundra Hybrid will allegedly burn tires with 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. We still have no clue how exactly the power-bump is going to happen, but we assume that the electric motor could be bigger or doubled. In any case, the automaker will couple the option with an efficient and smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. According to first estimations, the electric-assisted full-size pickup truck will deliver quite impressive fuel economy numbers. Some reports claim that the 2021 Toyota Tundra Hybrid could return over 30 mpg/combined.
The hybrid drivetrain isn’t going to be the only benefit of the new platform. Thanks to the shared F1 architecture the 2021 Tundra will also cut down building expenses. This way, the automaker will be able to invest in some other improvements. For example, the new-gen model will use a far better suspension – most probably an air-spring setup. In addition to better ride quality, the pickup truck will get a higher number of driving aids, as well as far better connectivity.