Toyota is Planning a Shared Platform for its Next Trucks

Toyota seems to have a pretty good thing going with its new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) modular platform. From sedans like the Corolla and Camry to SUVs like the RAV4, the company’s latest products are greatly benefiting from it, especially in terms of driving dynamics, safety and efficiency.

But what about trucks? As it turns out, Toyota is putting the final touches to a shared platform—known internally as “F1”—for the next-generation Tacoma and Tundra.

Officially, the Japanese manufacturer has nothing to announce at this time, but unnamed sources within Toyota spilled the beans to Automotive News.

It appears the first truck based on the new platform will be introduced for the 2021 model year, meaning we could see it at an auto show next year. That would likely be the Tundra, which is way past due for a complete redesign as the current generation dates back to 2007 (although a significant update was made for the 2014 model year).

Of course, Toyota will never catch up Detroit’s Big Three on sales charts, but with the Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra all launching a new generation for 2019, the pressure is mounting heavily. Spy shots of a Tundra prototype have recently surfaced, adding further credibility to the report.

The Tacoma, meanwhile, received a full overhaul for 2016 and a mild refresh for 2020 was presented at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year.

Building the Tundra and Tacoma on the same architecture would definitely help Toyota reduce costs at its San Antonio assembly plant in Texas, where both trucks are manufactured. Also, keep in mind that the Sequoia full-size SUV currently shares its underpinnings with the Tundra, which means a brand-new version of that model could be introduced in the near future, too.

Share on Facebook

More on the subject

Chicago2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Bows in Chicago
The Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro trucks have all been revealed at the Chicago Auto Show, with slightly enhanced looks and additional features. The 2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro rides once again on 2.5-inch Fox Internal Bypass shocks which, according to the …
Test Drives2018 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport V6: Officially a Legend
It’s fascinating what the appearance in a cult movie about time travelling will do to a vehicle. That and the best reliability rating on the planet also helps. Ask anyone looking for a second-hand Toyota truck or head onto Kijiji and look for one yourself, you’ll quickly realize that they’re …
NewsCalifornia Hero Gets his New Toyota Tundra
A few weeks ago, we shared a story about a nurse in California who saved patients from a burning hospital during the fires in Paradise City, just outside of Los Angeles. Allyn Pierce almost lost his life during the stunt, and his Toyota Tundra in which he carried the victims …
Chicago2020 Toyota Tacoma Introduced at the Chicago Auto Show
The Japanese automaker unveiled the 2020 Toyota Tacoma in Chicago, and although it states the midsize pickup truck received “changes across the board,” it will take a keen eye to spot a 2020 model from previous model years. Changes to the Tacoma are in fact more than skin deep, although …
Comments