Toyota has ended nearly four years of rumors and speculative reports by announcing the availability of the latest generation right-hand drive Tundra, but only for Australia from next year.
Bringing the number of Australian-engineered tanks in North America to four after the Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and, from next year, the Ford F-150, the Tundra will be converted by long-time ex-Holden turner Walkinshaw Automotive, which handles the reconfiguration process for both the Ram and for Silverado.
It is most likely to be sold by the Ateco Group, rather than General Motors Special Vehicle (GMSV), which replaced the Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) division after the Holden brand was dissolved two years ago, a process Australian media say is pending. easy considering the Tundra’s components are identical to those of the model it’s based on, the Toyota Land Cruiser 300.
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It’s reportedly not just about the TNGA-F platform, which is also used in the Lexus LX and soon the next-generation Hilux/Tacoma, Fortuner and Land Cruiser Prado, but also the steering rack, gear lever, pedals and steering column.
“This is a dedicated re-engineering program led by Toyota Australia and made possible by our global partners and closely supported by our parent company and Toyota North America,” Toyota Australia vice president of sales and marketing Sean Hanley was quoted as saying. by carsguide.com.au as they say.
“It will employ levels of design, development, testing and componentry based on Toyota’s deep commitment to quality, durability and reliability. This project shows how seriously we at Toyota take quality.”
Despite sharing its architecture with the Land Cruiser 300, the Australian Tundra will follow the same path as the F-150, being offered exclusively with a hybrid powertrain instead of a turbodiesel or traditional gasoline V8.
That means it will get motivation from the 3.4-liter twin-turbo V6 used in the Land Cruiser 300, LX, and Lexus LS, which is designated i-Force Max and makes a combined 326 kW/790 Nm thanks to the inclusion of an electric motor integrated into the hub of the ten-speed automatic gearbox.
The setup will therefore make the Tundra more powerful than the Ram and Silverado’s 6.2-liter engines, as well as the 3.5 PowerBoost hybrid that the F-150 will use when it becomes available in 2023.
Toyota’s confirmation now leaves the Nissan Titan as the only “full-size” American bakkie not sold below, a trait unlikely to change following the report Automotive news claiming in June that Yokohama may end sales of the Tennessee-built model by 2024 or 2025 due to slower-than-expected sales.
Testing in Australia will begin next month ahead of sales. Pricing for the Tundra remains unknown, though it is expected to be similar to higher-spec versions of the Ram, Silverado and F-150.
Unsurprisingly, the Tundra, like the F-150, won’t be coming to South Africa, despite the presence in the local market of Thai firm RMA Automotive, chosen by the Blue Oval to carry out the conversion process Down Under.