The Toyota Tacoma and Tundra may share the same platform. A inside source told Automotive News, that the next-generation Toyota Tacoma and Tundra will have a common platform used in all the automakers trucks. Toyota has almost completed development on the common-platform pickups, hopefully making the first trucks available as early as next year for 2021 models.
The purpose of this move is an economical one, reducing complexity and saving money. The Japanese automaker is already involved and benefiting from the Toyota New Global Architecture, which underpins a variety of models including the Rav4, Corolla, Camry, and Avalon. Toyota said, by 2020, half of all new Toyota vehicles (globally) will benefit from TNGA. Moving both trucks to a single platform ensures efficiency by sharing parts, which lowers costs and complications.
Currently, the Tacoma and Tundra share an assembly line in San Antonio, Texas, and additionally the Tacoma production takes place in Mexico. The Tacoma had a complete redesign in 2016, but will receive a small update for 2020 featuring a new grille and taillight design, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and other technology upgrades. The Tundra hasn’t had a redesign since 2007, with only a refresh in 2014, so it’s long overdue.
Toyota hasn’t made any official statements regarding the platform news. However, the next-generation of the two trucks will offer some form of electrification. The trucks will most likely receive a 48-volt mild hybrid system like the Ram 1500. Toyota is looking ahead at creating an efficient product line.
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