The next generation of Toyota Tundra will come with a 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 hybrid engine and produce 450 hp, according to an anonymous source.
We know that Toyota is hard at work making redesigned versions of both the Tundra and Tacoma pickups. We have very little info on what a new Tundra might look like, but news is starting to come out that the Tacoma could turn into a very interesting truck indeed.
This latest rumor comes courtesy of The Fast Lane Truck, who received an email from an anonymous tipster who says they work at Toyota’s San Antonio truck plant. According to the email, the top-level trim for the new 2021 Toyota Tacoma will come with an evolved version of the current 3.5-L V6 engine, but sport twin turbochargers and an electric motor for a combined 450 horsepower.
The hybrid powertrain is said to be very similar to the one found in the Lexus LS 500h. In the Lexus, the combined output is a measly 354 horsepower, which might satisfy a lightweight grand tourer but is hardly enough for a mid-size pickup--especially when considering the added weight of a lithium-ion battery.
The LS500h gets roughly 34 mpg though, and the 2021 Tacoma is rumored to get around 30 mpg. That’s way better mileage than any pickup currently on the road.
With a lock on the mid-size market, the Tacoma would extend its dominance with a Raptor-like 450 horsepower engine and better fuel economy than anything the competition has to offer. But in 2021, the Tacoma will be competing against a hybrid Ford F-150, the Rivian R1T electric truck, and possibly even a Tesla pickup as well.
Getting 450 hp and 30 mpg seems impossible, but if anyone can do it, it’s Toyota.