Report: Toyota Tundra, Tacoma to Share a Platform

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
report toyota tundra tacoma to share a platform

What is it with all of this pickup news today? Where are all the new sedans?

Oh right.

Anyway, in a burst of efficiency-minded thinking, Toyota is reportedly developing a single truck platform to replace those found beneath the midsize Tacoma and ancient, full-size Tundra. Sources at the automaker say it’s close to completion, and will make its debut beneath the larger of the two vehicles.

This hot bit of info comes by way of Automotive News, which learned the platform carries the codename “F1.” Toyota has not confirmed or denied the report.

Moving both models (as well as, presumably, the Sequoia SUV, which rides atop a Tundra frame) to a single, versatile platform stands to save the automaker in development costs, while greater parts sharing would streamline the production process. On the unibody side of things, Toyota put a lot of effort into its TNGA architecture, which now underpins an increasing number of cars and crossovers. The sources claim the truck platform would eventually find use in all Toyota truck models, regardless of market.

Earlier this year, what appeared to be a next-gen Tundra (or test mule) appeared in spy photos with a very concealed undercarriage.

Despite its relatively consistent U.S. sales volumes (the product of industry-leading loyalty among buyers), the Tundra’s advanced age is apparent to everyone. The current generation first appeared in 2006 as a 2007 model, gaining a significant refresh in 2014. Last year saw sales rise 1.7 percent in the U.S., only to fall 4.6 percent in the first three months of 2019.

AN‘s Toyota sources suggest the new truck platform could be ready next year for use on 2021 models. The Tundra would be first in line; the hot-selling Tacoma, last revamped for 2016, would follow some time later.

[Image: Steph Willems/TTAC, Chris Tonn. TTAC]

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  • Salmonmigration Salmonmigration on Apr 08, 2019

    Everybody's talking about the Tundra getting smaller but we all realize that it's going to go the other way right? Models ALWAYS get bigger. Maybe we're looking at the end of the midsize pickup in the US.

  • James Charles James Charles on Apr 09, 2019

    I wonder if Toyota's IMV platform will be used? This would make more financial sense than just a US centric option. The Hiluxes IMV platform is a strong chassis.

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