The new Toyota Tundra has recently been spotted in a rather unusual camouflage in Michigan (USA). Judging by a sound the vehicle made, we deal with a hybrid version of the popular pickup truck.
A photographer who made spy shots of the 2021 test mule, affirms he heard an electric hum when the truck was starting from a traffic light! It looks like Toyota is testing a version with a hybrid powertrain that possibly comprises a V6 engine returning 30 mpg.
To date, the most efficient motor available to the Tundra is a 4.6-liter 8-cylinder mill, which develops 310 hp and consumes min 15.68 mpg. Well, the carmaker decided it was time to try something more economical.
Apart from disguised front and rear ends, the lower part of the prototype is covered up too. Besides, an unusually-looking fringe under the rear bumper certainly appeared for a reason.
According to rumors, the hybrid Toyota Tundra will be powered by a 3.5-liter gasoline engine it inherits from the Lexus LS 500h sedan, and a couple of electric motors.
The LS 500h’s total output is 354 hp. In the case of a heavier Tundra, the power may be increased by 100 hp.
For all its next pickup trucks, Toyota is going to use the unified plaform to fit electrified powertrains.