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Toyota Goes Ahead With Tundra Redesign

Toyota Goes Ahead With Tundra Redesign

TNI || New Delhi || 22nd Sept 2021

Toyota will be dumping the big V8 engine from the latest redesign of its Tundra full-size pickup truck.

It indeed comes as a bold move in a market that appreciates big, powerful engines. A base 389 horsepower 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 or an optional gas-electric hybrid system with 437 horsepower will replace the 381 horsepower, 5.7 liter V8.

The change is due to the stronger U.S. fuel economy requirements that are expected to be imposed under President Biden’s leadership.

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It will be a move to scrap Donald Trump’s rollback of the regulations. As far as mileage is concerned, the old V8 just got 13 miles per gallon within the city and 17 on the highways.

Although Toyota, as of now, hasn’t disclosed the estimated mileage of the new engine, it is expected that they are going to be more powerful and efficient than the previous V8’s.

Manufacturers such as GM, Ford, and Stellantis dominate the U.S. big pickup market and still offer V8 engines which are a preferred source for towing and hauling.

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The F-series pickup from Ford remains the top-selling vehicle in the country. The new Tundra, according to Toyota, can tow up to 12000 pounds and also haul 1940 in its bed.

The six-speed transmission will be replaced by a more efficient 10-speed version. The hybrid system in the vehicle will add more power during towing, and it will have a 288-volt nickel-metal hydrate battery placed under the rear seat of the passenger.

When it comes to the price, nothing is revealed yet.