With the announcement of the Toyota Tundra pick-up truck development for the Australian market, it means that potentially its hybrid technology could flow into the Land Cruiser
Toyota has today announced that it is developing the Tundra pick-up truck for the Australian market.
The big news from the Japanese global manufacturer is that it will be bringing the 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine to Australia in the Tundra, and the best part? It will utilise the hybrid system currently used in the Tundra sold in the US.
Toyota calls it “the most advanced and fuel-efficient powertrain available on this model”.
But here at Chasing Cars, we can’t go without speculating the possibilities of this powertrain once it is in the Australian market.
It is very likely that a future Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series could be fitted with a hybrid V6 powertrain sometime in its lifespan.
We have previously speculated that the Land Cruiser 300 Series might just gain a hybrid setup after it was revealed that the US-market Toyota Sequoia would feature the same ‘I-Force Max’ hybrid system as the Tundra.
The Sequoia runs on the same TNGA-F platform as the Toyota Land Cruiser that is sold in several variants in Australia.
This 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6 engine makes outputs of 325kW/790Nm in the Sequoia.
For the US-only-for-now Tundra pick-up truck, the base I-Force petrol V6 has outputs of 260kW/550Nm, while the top-of-the-range I-Force Max produces 325kW/790Nm – just like the Sequoia.
Likely, yes, as the 3.3-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine currently installed in the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series is already quite a large unit.
However, one of the main differences between these two engines is the placement of the turbochargers. For the diesel engine, the two turbos are placed in the ‘hot vee’ of the engine, while the twin-turbo petrol V6 places the turbochargers on each side of the engine, making it a wider package.
Adding the hybrid V6 engine will of course add more weight and complexity, however if the Sequoia has managed to make it work, we can’t see how it couldn’t work successfully in the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series.
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