Toyota Tundra fans may have gotten more bad news recently. The Tundra has been around for many years, and some say it is in desperate need of a redesign. It continues to satisfy enthusiasts, though, with tons of safety features, large back seats, and straight-up trail tackling capabilities. However, this recent bout of disappointing news has fans and critics shaking their heads. We dove in to find out more about this potential setback.
Toyota’s success with Tundra over the years
Since the Japanese automaker began production of the Tundra in 1999, people have responded favorably for the Toyota contender. It has always delivered with legitimate off-road power and serious under the hood rumble with its proven V8. New for 2020, consumers will enjoy a standard 5.7-liter on all versions.
The Tundra SR5 has a few key features like leather and push-button start. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are available this year on most models too. It’s easy to identify Toyota’s efforts for continuous improvement. But, to really keep up, a redesign is in order.
Toyota plans a redesign for Tundra
Toyota is well aware of the public calls for a redesign. After all, it’s been 13 years. The full-size pickup powdered its nose for a refresh in 2014, but just enough to keep things interesting. It’s time for a next-gen introduction, and Toyota has hinted that it’s coming soon. Unfortunately, they haven’t given consumers much to drool over just yet. And, the experts can only speculate as to design and function upgrades at the moment.
The frustrating bad news
Making news recently, an inside source told CarBuzz.com that a redesign wouldn’t happen until 2022. This incites frustration to fans, as previous hints indicated a redesign would be introduced in 2021. So now, everyone continues to wait. There doesn’t seem to be a reason for the delay in production. But the announcement has everyone shaking their heads.
If Toyota expects to keep up with its stylish and tech-loaded rivals, it’s going to need to do something fast. This latest announcement implies we may start seeing next-gen 2022 Tundras by December of 2021.
Can Toyota Tundra be expected to compete?
Sales have been dropping, and Toyota is reeling from competitive pickups hogging the market. If it plans to compete with the likes of Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram 1500, it may need to consider another refresh while we wait for the new design. Toyota may opt to make a few upgrades to 2021, to bridge that two-year gap. There is a silver lining here. Making everyone wait might help build anticipation and enthusiasm for a 2022 model.
What will a redesign look like?
There haven’t been releases or comments about what a redesign for Tundra would entail, but some have suggested a few guesses. A few of the experts say consumers can expect more power, more tech, and an overall better-looking pickup.
Others guess the grille might remind us of the Tacoma TRD Pro with marriage to RAV4’s headlights. From the renderings that have been spotted and discussed so far, the experts all agree Tundra will be the edgy beast everyone expects from Toyota.
For now, we will have to sit tight for another year or so. The 2020 Toyota Tundra is undoubtedly a powerful and capable full-size truck. But, if you were holding out for a 2021 redesign, you might want to reconsider. You may need to go ahead and pull the trigger on a purchase this year. Otherwise, you’ll be waiting for two years to see a new one.