2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Canada Release Date – The Toyota Tacoma is due for a complete redesign, potentially as soon as the 2021 model year. Tundra testing and planning is underway as we speak, leaving us to guess what will happen next with this third generation full size beast. A hybrid tundra is rumored.
2021 Toyota Tacoma Hybrid Canada Release Date
The Toyota Tacoma has long been one of the most popular trucks on the road, and this status is likely to be cemented if rumors flying about the 2021 version of this vehicle prove to be true. While there has been no official announcement to date, we know a few crucial details about the 2021 Toyota Tacoma that should excite anyone who loves getting around town in a pickup truck.
New hybrid powertrain
Out of all the things we know about the 2021 tundra, the most exciting bit of information is that Toyota is planning to add a hybrid Powertrain Control to this pickup. While the hybrid system is only rumored at this point, there has been a lot of speculation as to what adding such a system to the tundra would involve.
For starters, it is expected that the electric motor of this system would be paired with a turbocharged V-6 engine, meaning the tundra would provide an ideal combination of power and efficiency. Speaking of power, there has been some speculation about the ratings we can see with this system. While we obviously have to wait for confirmation from Toyota, many believe that this Powertrain Control will put up to 500 pounds-feet of torque and 450 horsepower, making this model perfect for both work and play.
Another exciting rumor about the upcoming 2021 Toyota Tacoma is that it will be based on Toyota’s new Global Architecture (TNGA) and that it would share this platform with Toyota’s second world-class truck, the Tacoma. Basing the tundra on the TNGA allows for several improvements to please drivers everywhere.
For example, thanks to TNGA, production times should be significantly improved, meaning that this truck will be widely available. The new platform also allows for lightweight Powertrain Control designs, which should increase performance and efficiency. Other benefits of TNGA include upgraded handling and better overall ride quality.
An upgraded suspension
As you would expect for a vehicle that has not been officially announced, Toyota has been very tight-lipped about the latest version of the tundra. Fortunately, thanks to some recent spy photos, there are a few other things we can know about this vehicle.
The photos taken by the new tundra show a vehicle covered in heavy wrapping, especially in the rear. This has led many to believe that the 2021 tundra could very well be revealed with a brand new rear suspension. A new suspension at the rear would be a huge development because it would mean better stability and a smoother ride, which is beneficial whether you need a truck for work or play.
The release of the 2021 Toyota Tacoma probably won’t happen until the end of 2020, but until then, you can tide yourself over thanks to these exciting rumors of this upcoming truck. Be sure to keep an eye out online for official statements about the tundra, and when this full size pickup hits the market, plan a trip to Fox Toyota of El Paso so you can go for a test drive!
Toyota first introduced the Toyota Tacoma with the 2000 model. Truck buyers had the choice between a 3.4-liter V6 and a 4.7-liter V8 engine. It seems like a very long time ago.
A second generation of tundra was introduced in 2007, and this truck was super-sized to what we know today. There have been refreshments along the way, both in 2010 and in 2014. But, relatively speaking, the Toyota Tacoma is ready for a redesign.
So what is Toyota testing right now?
When an important model redesign is within a few years to retail, that brings with it a chaotic burst of speculation and rumors. No one really knows. But everyone wants to be the first to know what’s new. This couldn’t be more accurate than with the upcoming 2021 Toyota Tacoma.
According to rumors, there are several options.
- The next generation of tundra and Tacoma will share the same platform. The benefits of this Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) are many and include improved driving quality, more responsive steering, lightweight design including Powertrain, improved gas efficiency and improved production times.
- A potential Shocker within the truck community would be the introduction of a new tundra hybrid system. This rumored hybrid would be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. It is speculated that this will produce mpg upwards of 30 miles per gallon and produce 450 horsepower and get you started with 500 lb.-ft. torque.
- Toyota could test a new suspension at the rear. Recent spy photos of the new tundra, with its lower back mysteriously draped in thick wrapping, have led to speculation in a completely different rear suspension. Could there be a modernized new coil or air spring suspension revealed in the near future?
But what improvements would make the most sense?
It has been over a decade since the Toyota Tacoma received a new body. We appreciate the facelifts in the meantime though. Dr. Frankenstein is ready — now let’s do the monster. Among tough competitors in a crowded full-size playing field, many feel it is time to make a splash. Here are some changes I think would be most effective.
Improvements to Powertrain
We all have opinions about what engines would be ideal. Some would like to see the 5.7-liter V8 engine stick around. I mean, it produces 381hp and 401 lb.-ft. torque. Many have guessed a 5.0-liter or 6.0-liter V8 is the way to go. A hybrid option would really help, but will it actually come to fruition? And I’ve heard rumors of a tundra diesel for at least a decade.
I honestly want Toyota to keep the 5.7-liter engine as an option. It has been proven for over a whole decade now. Maybe pair it with a 6.0-liter option and Twin-Turbocharged 3.5-liter hybrid. Not sure they would hold a 5.7 and 6.0 though. Whatever engine choices Toyota reveals to us, I would like to see in over 400 horsepower, and hopefully up to 450hp, with a healthy increase in torque. The torque must be more than horsepower. We have to pull!
I think the new tundra would be best served with an 8-speed or even 10-speed automatic transmission. I don’t think Toyota could also throw us truck enthusiasts a bone and offer at least one class level as a manual transmission, could they?
Feel free to leave your ideas to the new tundra Powertrain. It is very possible 100 people will give 100 different suggestions. Who will be right though?
What should towing capabilities be?
Currently the 2019 Toyota Tacoma has grade levels with a minimum tow capacity of 6,400 pounds and up to 10,200 pounds. Not everyone needs to pull / pull things this tongue, so not every tundra requires this maximum rating. But I have heard enough feedback from my truck enthusiast forum to know that they would like to see a towing capacity of over 12,000 on some tundra configurations. I agree.
A new CrewMax option with a longer bed
In my dream scenario, Toyota will continue with a consumer choice between dual cab and CrewMax. But I would love to see the tundra pairing the larger engine with a CrewMax that offers both a 5.5 foot and a 6 foot or 6.5 foot bed. I don’t feel the CrewMax rear seat size should be reduced. That would defeat the benefit of why people buy CrewMax — they enjoy this extra space for taller passengers. But with this alternative, it gives you what I would call the best of both worlds.
What about new tundra comfort and convenience?
Let’s get this out of the way. The 2020 Toyota Tacoma will offer both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Logic says we shouldn’t even worry – these popular programs will be on the new tundra redesign.
I think the new interior should have a simple layout, with buttons and controls just as easy to reach for drivers and co-pilots. It needs to be loaded with new technology (varying based on grade level, of course) and it will have a minimum 7 “touch screen. Don’t be surprised to see a much larger touch screen in 11” -12 “range on higher level qualities such as platinum equivalent.
To help families on big Road Trips, I want to see as much storage as possible. I want to cross my fingers that the tundra has more under the seat storage containers and compartments.
Toyota is known for long term quality and should stay that way
In the midst of all these rumors and speculation about what a new-and-improved 2021 Toyota Tacoma will look and drive like, it is crucial that the Tundra maintains its reputation for quality, reliability and reliability over the long haul. These are all reasons why the tundra, along with Tacoma, sits right on top of the Kelley Blue book’s highest resale value for 2019.