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Toyota Tundra to get turbo V6 hybrid with 450 hp?

by Justin King

The rumored powertrain is expected to achieve 30 mpg.

The upcoming Toyota Tundra update may get a hybrid powertrain that nearly doubles its fuel efficiency.

The automaker will repurpose the Lexus LS 500h's twin-turbo V6 hybrid powertrain for the next-gen pickup, retuned for 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, a source has told TFLTruck.

The insider claims the configuration could bump the pickup's fuel economy to 30 mpg or higher. In contrast, the current Tundra tops out at 16 mpg combined with a naturally aspirated V8.

Recent spot shots showed a Tundra test mule hiding extensive front-end body changes, while the camouflaged rear hints at a new tailgate design.

Rumors appear to disagree on whether the company is preparing a mid-cycle refresh for the 2020 model year or a full redesign for 2021. The latest report points to the latter, claiming that the revamped body cab and bed are not yet finalized.

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