If you want a minivan with a hybrid powertrain, Japanese manufacturer offers one. The upcoming 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid is one of a few models in the minivan segment that comes with a hybrid variant. Moreover, this is one of the best minivans you can find in the markets. This is not everything. New Sienna will be the first minivan that will use Uber’s self-driving technology.
Toyota and Uber teamed up in creating this system that will become available next year. Of course, everything is still on a trial basis, but the first impressions are more than promising. Besides that, Sienna will gain additional exterior and interior changes.
2021 Sienna Hybrid Exterior Facelift
The all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid will get a couple of upgrades. Toyota is delivering mid-cycle refreshments to most of its 2021 models. Sienna is no exception, and you can expect a more modern appearance for this minivan. However, Uber’s new technology is putting the exterior in the second plan. From what we know, Sienna Hybrid won’t depart from the regular gasoline version.
Moreover, a new model will look more modern, and it will gain a couple of sporty cues. That includes new 19-inch wheels and small changes on the hood. The rest of the exterior should stay intact. Remember, Sienna is offering a power liftgate feature and sliding doors system.
Uber’s Self-Driving Technology
The news came as a huge surprise. New 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid will use Uber’s brand-new Self-Driving system. According to Uber, it is a revolutionary technology that will be offered by many automakers in the future. Total investment costs $500 million, and this tech will be integrated into Toyota’s new vehicles. Sienna is just one of the first models to get this type of system. This ride-sharing network became so popular over the years that it seems Toyota can’t fail with this partnership.
Sienna will use Toyota’s Guardian Technology as well. Thanks to that, safety is also a priority for the Japanese manufacturer. The Guardian tech comes with numerous driver-assistance aids such as lane-keeping assist. With these two systems and a hybrid powertrain, Sienna minivan seems to be the leader of the segment.
The forthcoming 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid won’t get an all-electric powertrain as some reports speculated. However, a hybrid powertrain is certain. Toyota will combine 3.5-liter V6 and an electric motor. Moreover, the battery pack should provide a good driving range.
Total output delivers around 330 horsepower, which is superb for a minivan. Fuel efficiency is another strong category, and Sienna Hybrid will be rated at 35 mpg combined. However, some reliable reports are suggesting even better fuel efficiency for 2021.
2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid Price and Release Date
Unfortunately, for most of the customers, the new 2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid won’t be affordable. Sienna is getting a drastic jump in price, and a new model will cost around $40,000. Thanks to the numerous trim levels, the price can go over $50,000 with ease. New Sienna minivan is going on sale in the last quarter of 2020.