Auto123 puts the 2021 Toyota Tundra to the lengthy-time period exam. These days, Part three: What’s a purchaser to do?
See also: 2021 Toyota Tundra Long-Phrase Review, Part one of three
See also: 2021 Toyota Tundra Long-Phrase Review, Part 2 of three
Research the earth, in truth research the overall cosmos, proper down to the GN-Z11 galaxy positioned about 13.four billion gentle-many years from Earth, and you’ll obtain only 1 location making the Tundra: at Toyota’s plant in San Antonio, Texas. This is likely wise of the automaker, because the population of the Lone Star condition contains 1000’s of die-tricky enthusiasts of the huge pickup, even though as an alternative of stuffed die hanging from the rearview mirror you are more very likely to obtain a rifle – or two – prominently displayed.
The Japanese producer wants to assemble its truck in the coronary heart of a region where the comprehensive-measurement pickup has been elevated to the rank of deity.
In Rome, do as the Romans do. To promote vans to People, construct them where they are king.
Intellect you, that hasn’t prevented the U.S. Huge A few from assembling at the very least some F-one hundred fifty, Ram and Silverado/Sierra vans in Mexico, in addition to working vegetation in Michigan, Indiana and Missouri.
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This led me to question Romaric Lartilleux, Toyota Canada’s public relations supervisor, the subsequent: “When will you prevent output of the 2021 Tundra?” His solution: “Sometime in 2021”.
Which is imprecise as imprecise can be. It is about as handy as using the placement of Venus in the 3rd quadrant relative to the Black Moon to program your day.
Undeterred, I go on with a outstanding adhere to-up dilemma: “Will this be the signal to start out output of the 2022 Tundra in the exact same location?”
“I can not solution that dilemma.”
“When is this 2022 design envisioned at your dealerships?”
“I can not solution that dilemma.”
“When will you introduce the 2022 Tundra to us, your journalist close friends, those who do the job 24/seven to make your goods superior acknowledged to Canadian shoppers?”
“I can not solution that dilemma.”
For the gain of young viewers who aspire to be automotive journalists when they mature up, this is a typical response in our excellent marketplace, but do not permit it bother you or make you take into consideration turning into a monk as an alternative. Part of our position is to go on to question inquiries that the producer will only solution if it has decided that the timing serves its top secret agenda.
From time to time, we remind ourselves that we continue to have a decision: hold out with zeal for the substantial priests of the piston to finally open up the floodgates of information so we can feed our information-hungry viewers, or climb a tree with a telephoto lens close to our neck to survey the area close to the Texas plant in hopes of photographing a camo’d exam car that could be the 2022 Tundra.
On the other hand, you might not be entirely mistaken in imagining that you’d endure much less obfuscation if you put in your time interviewing politicians.
Usually, my colleagues and I sit in front of our computers and hold out for the information to tumble from the sky. But we listen to tales of some automotive paparazzi accumulating huge checks when they get a scoop. Which is perfectly-deserved I guess because sitting up on tree branches can be a risky endeavour.
And so, from the protection of my residing room, I went for 1 final salvo that, surely, my opponent in this chess match couldn’t resist: “Basically, Romaric, what can you inform me about the 2022 Tundra that is not going to charge you your position?”
“Nothing at all!”
At that, my close friends, you only have 1 alternative remaining if you are not prepared for the tree branch: snoop close to on the net.
In accordance to rumour
“O magical Web, what fantastic items can you inform me about the 2022 Toyota Tundra?”
The sources are a lot of, and frankly most repeat the exact same rumours that circulate in a loop. So you might as perfectly depend on MotorTrend, dwelling to a workforce of seasoned journalists and battered and bruised tree-climbing spies applied to coming up with dust. In accordance to them:
– The V8 (also discovered less than the hood of the Sequoia, the Lexus LX 570 and the legendary Land Cruiser, not offered below), will bow out and be replaced by a collection of V6s, the initially borrowed from the LS five hundred limousine, the next (the Tacoma’s?), more economical, and likely a 3rd that would showcase the science of hybrid powertrains that Toyota has mastered like no other. 1 thing’s for confident, the fourth-generation Tundra is not going to be in a position to go on to be contented with a gas-intake rating of 17.0L/one hundred km even when you treat the throttle with the gentleness of a mother cat in direction of her new kitten.
– When I obtain the simplicity of the latest dashboard effortless to navigate and like that the touchscreen audio method is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Vehicle, the 2022 design will have no decision but to offer a more-modern multimedia method, 1 in which an optional 12-inch display screen really should get pleasure of location even though deploying the ultimate model of Entune infotainment software program.
– The exterior of the upcoming Tundra will search even more rugged, based mostly on a brief online video produced in Could, in which the truck’s grille can be witnessed via a veil of fog, and then via images smuggled out from a dealer meeting. Given that even Lexus’ SUVs now activity distinctive front finishes, we be expecting the huge pickup to have a construct deserving of inclusion in a Mad Max go.
– But that is not going to prevent it from delivering a fantastic travel. The outdated-fashioned leaf springs in the back will definitely give way to coil springs that really should remove any bouncing.
– Given that the latest 2021 Tundra is now loaded with driver aids and electronic safeguards (Security Feeling, Star, a myriad of airbags, and so forth.), which Toyota is now spreading during its lineup of equally automobiles and vans, the 2022 is specific to be upgraded in this regard.
– For the time staying, because you can get, for instance, a base F-one hundred fifty with a V6 and a two-door cab, even though an entry-degree Tundra arrives only with a V8 and four doors, it is not stunning that the cheapest selling prices are in the Ford truck’s favour: $36,000 for the the very least pricey F-one hundred fifty and $forty seven,000 for the most economical Tundra. The 2022 model really should decrease this charge of entry.
Derived from the SR5 Plus, the “new” 2021 Tundra Trail CrewMax 4×4 model that I’ve been driving expenditures $51,320 (plus shipping and planning). For that you get unique darkish grey TRD off-street wheels, Predator managing boards, the exact same grille as the 1794 Edition with a color-matched body and black fabric seats with brown stitching.
All right, so the dilemma for a purchaser is this: a 2021 now or a 2022 later?
“Our Texas plant is managing at one hundred per cent ability and every single truck staying designed is offered without us having to offer significant incentives,” claims Romaric Lartilleux.
The 2021 Tundras envisioned by Pierre Larose, sales advisor at Gareau Toyota in Val-d’Or, Quebec, are all pre-offered. He’ll be receiving more in July, and you may have to pray tricky to get the model of your dreams in the inventory.
If you make a decision to go for the 2022 Tundra about the 2021 now in its twilight, 1 thing’s for confident: Toyota will go on to contend with the People by offering a huge truck that’s made in the U.S., but place together with the attention to element you be expecting from the Japanese automaker.