Toyota has slowly been teasing out its upcoming redesigned Tundra pickup. Today the company is teasing an engine cover, which is shedding ever-so-little light on one important component of the new Tundra. For the sake of managing expectations: Toyota is providing little to no information here.
The teaser shows off an engine cover with the name ‘iForce MAX.’ There’s two reasons this is significant. The first is that it confirms previous rumors based on the trademark of the name, which occurred in 2020. The second reason this is material is because it is validating rumors that Toyota has plans for a fancy new engine in the redesigned Tundra. Apparently it is fancy enough to merit a new name.
So, what is the iForce MAX engine? Well, that’s anyone’s guess at this point. Rumors have suggested Toyota is working on a new turbocharged V-6 that has some form of electrification. The best guess at this point is that iForce MAX is referring to this rumored engine. It’s also worth noting that the new Toyota Land Cruiser just launched with a new 3.5-liter V-6 with 415 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. In today’s world, it seems implausible that Toyota would develop two new V-6’s for truck applications.
The caption accompanying the teaser also says this iForce MAX engine will “lead” the Tundra lineup. This certainly implies that it will be at the top of the hill in terms of Tundra power options, so expect another base engine.
What isn’t surprising here is that the new engine is wearing the iForce name. Toyota has leveraged the iForce badge for over 20 years now on the Tundra. Most recently the truck’s current 5.7-liter V-8 has worn the badge, but that engine is expected to be replaced by this new iForce MAX engine.