Toyota is close to releasing the next-generation Tundra, and it could be the first member of the current class of American full-size pick-ups to be built in right-hand drive for Australian sales.
While mid-size pick-ups are increasingly popular Down Under, their full-size siblings sold overseas are piquing local interest, as shown by the growing Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ‘remanufacturing’ programs, among smaller-scale conversions.
Having launched in 2007, the current Tundra hasn’t been subject to a large-scale conversion program locally due to its age, but its lack of right-hand-drive availability could change soon.
Citing a leak from a Toyota dealer conference, Allcarnews reports the new Tundra is due to be released in America in the fourth quarter of next year. And if factory right-hand drive materialises, it could launch in Australia sometime in 2022.
That said, Toyota Australia still needs to establish a business case for the Tundra, with its vice-president of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, recently telling CarsGuide it’s yet to reach the point where it knows it will be viable.
Either way, the Allcarnews report corroborates a previous one from Automotive News, with both claiming the Tundra will move to Toyota’s new TNGA-F platform.
Given it too will use the TNGA-F platform, it’s likely the related next-generation Tacoma mid-size pick-up will go down the same road upon its launch, which Allcarnews says will take place in 2024.
And speaking of the Fortuner, it and the HiLux mid-size pick-up it is based upon are expected to move to new architecture upon their replacement, as per the previous Automotive News report.
As far as the next-generation Tundra is concerned, though, Allcarnews reports its 231kW/443Nm 4.6-litre and 284kW/543Nm 5.7-litre naturally aspirated V8 petrol engines will dropped in favour of hybridised 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6.
Article Source: Cars Guide MagazineMarch 26, 2020 9:03 am