The Last Hope Has Died – No 2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel

The 2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel is not in the plans of the Japanese carmaker. While the Tacoma diesel is not denied yet, the larger truck is getting the same V8 drivetrains. Instead of a diesel model, we could see the twin-turbo V6. The same engine is coming for the Land Cruiser and LX SUVs.

The new generation of the pickup is coming in 2023, so we won’t see any big updates, even if the 2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel appears. The company turns to smaller models, and when they are done in these classes, the focus shifts to bigger models. Tundra and 4Runner are the first units to arrive as all-new vehicles.

2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel

Which Are the Options for the 2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel?

This was one of the most interesting questions about the 2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel. Since all the full-size US trucks got new units recently, we believed Tundra would go the same way. FCA, GM, and Ford are using a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine. Toyota can install a 1KD-FTV drivetrain with 190 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. It is still behind the main rivals (250-280 hp and 440-470 lb-ft).

Another option is a 4.5-liter V8, used by Land Cruiser overseas. It is good for 200 hp and 320 lb-ft. It is still a way shorter than Tundra’s main rivals in the United States.

land cruiser diesel engine

Pros and Cons

Emissions are the main reason why we won’t see the 2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel. The company would have a lot of jobs before they tune an abovementioned engine to meet the EPA requirements. Efficiency is the key nowadays.

On the other hand, the 2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel would deliver more torque than the standard unit. This means a meaner work and off-road capability. Towing capacity gains the most and the current rating would get the biggest enhancement. The V8 can produce 380 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, while the towing capacity is 10,200 pounds.

2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel TRD Pro

Imagine combining the 2021 Tundra Diesel with the TRD Pro package. Well, this could be the dream truck with a lot of off-road upgrades. New suspension, shocks, and exhaust systems are there. A combo Tundra + gasoline engine + this package is a big rival to Ford F-150 Raptor. Other companies cannot match the offer. The truck will take you almost anywhere.

2021 Toyota Tundra Diesel engine

New Generation and Diesel Engine

The new Tundra is due for 2023. In 2022, we will see if the diesel engine is going to appear in the next generation. The company didn’t close the door for good. So, we are eager to see this happening.

Huge changes are on the way. Besides the diesel motor, we could also see the new petrol unit, and eventually a hybrid engine. Changes in trim levels and more options will be available. Crew Cab is definitely going to offer the most features and the new Tundra will be the first model to hit the new generation. Soon after this one, we will see the next series of 4Runner SUV. The other Toyota’s truck, Tacoma, is among the last to receive the redesign.

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