It’s been a long time coming, since the Tundra has only had basic updates since 2007. Its configurations have been slimmed down recently, and for 2021, it’s available only in Double Cab or CrewMax, and in 4×4 only (in the U.S., it also comes in 4×2).
It comes strictly with a 5.7L V8 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and while it makes 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, and can tow up to 9,700 lbs, it’s also rated at a thirsty 16.3 L/100 km in combined driving. Unique among truck manufacturers right now, Toyota’s the only one where its midsize model outsells its full-size truck; in the first quarter of 2021, Canadians bought 2,475 Tacomas, but only 1,548 copies of the Tundra.
We don’t know anything about what will be under the hood, but earlier this year when it released a new battery-powered concept SUV, Toyota said it “plans on bringing electrification to its truck lineup, including hybrid and BEV (battery electric vehicle) powertrains,” so we’re guessing the new Tundra is going to be part of that. We’ve also heard speculation that a turbocharged V6 will be part of the mix, too.
Toyota will be the only Japanese automaker with a full-size pickup in Canada, as Nissan has announced it will discontinue selling the Titan here at the end of its 2021 model year. All Tundras are built at Toyota’s plant in San Antonio, Texas. That plant also builds some configurations of the Tacoma, but later in 2021, all production of that midsize truck will move to two plants in Mexico.