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The most American of Japanese pick-ups, the Toyota Tundra abandons the V8 and converts to the hybrid.
Most American automakers have jumped into the electric pickup segment like crazy. But no question of forgetting the hybrid engines, necessary to ensure a smooth transition in a fairly conservative segment. It is the choice of the Ford F-150 Hybrid, but also that of Toyota with its new Tundra.
In its i-Force Max version, the most American of Japanese pick-ups offers a 3.5-litre biturbo V6 combined with an electric motor sandwiched between the thermal block and the 10-speed automatic transmission. The set offers a power of 443 hp for 790 Nm of torque, and is powered by a nickel-hydride battery of unknown capacity.
One of the strongest in the land of Uncle Sam
More technically modern and technologically updated, the new Tundra abandons its V8 to prove itself more robust against its American competitors with a higher torque value. With the exception, of course, of sports versions such as the Ram TRX or the F-150 Raptor, which it is close to, however, even with a difference of 91 Nm and 99 Nm respectively.
For the rest, the new Toyota Tundra uses the usual recipe in the segment by playing the big guns where the dimensions (almost) do not count. It will be available in Double Cab and Crew Max versions offering a 1.98 m or 2.4 m tipper in the first case, or 1.67 m or 1.98 m with the second version. This pick-up will not see the light of day in Europe through official channels.