The current Toyota Tundra has been around since 2007, an eternity when it comes to the ultra-competitive half-ton pickup truck market, but the Japanese automaker is finally getting around to working on a new model.
However, as these new spy shots of the 2020 Toyota Tundra reveal, the new truck will keep the familiar cab section that has been around for last 12 years. It will get refreshed front and rear ends, though, which will probably introduce Toyota’s sporty and modern new corporate look to the Tundra.
The most interesting aspect of the 2020 Tundra prototype pictured here are the brush-like elements attached to the rear and sides of the truck. Toyota wants to hide the underside of the truck, it seems, which means some major suspension changes could be in store. Toyota may have independent rear suspension coming to the Tundra, or probably more likely, an available air suspension system. Whatever it is, Toyota is keen to keep it a secret – our spy photographer says the engineers were “extremely concerned when we tried to get a shot (down low) near the rear of the bed.”
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The 2020 Tundra will continue with the same 4.6-liter and 5.7-liter V8 engines, most likely. Toyota’s new 10-speed automatic transmission may appear in the truck, though, which would give it a desperately needed boost in fuel economy.
You can expect the 2020 Toyota Tundra to make its debut sometime later this year.
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This article originally appeared on AutoGuide.com