Next-Gen Toyota Tundra Rumored To Get A Hybrid Powertrain With A Turbo 3.5-Liter V6

Toyota is working on an all-new Tundra and rumors have suggested the truck will be offered with a hybrid powertrain.

Now, a new report from FTL Truck suggests the next-generation Tundra could have a turbocharged or twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine which is backed up by a hybrid system with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

The powertrain is said to be similar to the one used on the Lexus LS 500h. That model has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 295 hp (220 kW / 299 PS). It is paired with a hybrid system that features two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery. This setup enables the luxury sedan to have a combined output of 354 hp (264 kW / 359 PS).

The performance specifications on the LS 500h aren’t too impressive, but the engine in the Tundra is claimed to have around 450 hp (336 kW / 456 PS) and 500 lb-ft (677 Nm) of torque. The powertrain is also rumored to give the truck a fuel economy rating in excess of 30 mpg.

That would be pretty impressive, but we’re a tad skeptical. However, if the rumor is true, the next-generation Tundra would be significantly more powerful than the current model which is offered exclusively with V8 engines. The entry-level 4.6-liter V8 produces 310 hp (231 kW / 314 PS) and 327 lb-ft (442 Nm) of torque.  Likewise, the larger 5.7-liter V8 has 381 hp (284 kW / 386 PS) and 401 lb-ft (543 Nm) of torque.

Also Read: Next Toyota Tundra And Tacoma To Share A Platform

Toyota has been tight-lipped about the upcoming pickup, but previous reports have suggested it will ride on an all-new platform that will eventually be shared with the next-generation Tacoma. The truck is coming “soon” and could be introduced next year as a 2021 model.

H/T to Autoblog

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  • Lasse J. Nordvik

    I wouldn’t mind at all if it finds it’s way to Europe!

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    ic toyota is going the Ram route with their Etorque . illl stick with Ram

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  • General. Koofta

    As long as the gas pedal doesn’t get stuck on like in my last (and final!) Toyota!

  • DHG2605

    A 3.5 turbo??? What are they thinking!

  • Brandon

    With EPA mpg mandates ramping up all auto MFG are looking for ways to meet it. If anyone is able to make a reliable and long lasting turbo it’ll be Toyota.
    If Toyota is reading this I hope they preserve that 5.7 V8 for future 3/4 ton. Tweek it a bit by deactivating the cylinders put turbos on it and let it rip. There is such demand for a RELIABLE 3/4 ton I wish they would go all in like they did when conceived of Lexus the company. Yes it’s billions but build it and people will vote with their wallets just as they have when buying a domestic car from Toyota or Lexus.
    While the big three has decided to retreat and conceed defeat from making cars due to Toyota death grip on reliability it’ll only 10-15 years for Toyota to unseat one of the big three in the 3/4 ton category by taking the long view.
    Make a solid 450 hp/750 torque engine with a choice of transmissions from 3:4’s to 4:1’s decent 15-23k towing that will be enough for most weekend warriors for towing trailers and hauling flatbeds. Make it reliable like all my Toyotas that have gone over 300k and we all will be happy repeat customers.

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