The 2022 Toyota Tundra pickup truck comes after a hiatus of 15 years, with a new chassis and suspension arrangement as well as interior and exterior makeovers and a new engine based on new technology.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra will be offered in SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 and TRD Pro trim levels, with production starting in November at Toyota’s San Antonio factory. The F1 platform features a high-strength boxed, steel-ladder structure, as well as aluminum to reduce the weight of the vehicle. Toyota claims that the ruggedness and off-road capability of the new generation Tundra is now much better than the previous model.
Toyota has dropped the V8 engine that powered the previous Tundra for the 2022 generation. Instead, two 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engines, one of which is a hybrid, have been installed by the Japanese automaker. Despite opting for a less powerful engine, the Tundra gets the benefit of the new platform’s lower weight, which makes it a more powerful performer on the road. The IC V6 engine produces 389 bhp and 650 Nm of peak torque, which easily beats the 5.7-litre V8 that powered the previous model.
A 288-volt 1.5-kilowatt-hour battery in an electric motor supports the hybrid powertrain. Its maximum torque is 790 Nm and 437 horsepower. If driven at a speed of less than 30 kmph, the hybrid powertrain could turn the Tundra into an electric-only vehicle. Both the engines are mated to a new 10-speed gearbox with a towing capacity of around 5,500 kg. A spring rear suspension is also installed, allowing for a maximum box load capacity of 880 kg. Some versions will also include rear air suspension with multiple modes of adjustment.
While exterior improvements are largely confined to the front end of the Tundra, which now features a newly engineered double wishbone system, the biggest changes have been seen inside. As standard, it comes with a panoramic roof, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a 14.0-inch infotainment screen. To keep the Tundra safe during off-road activities, there is a 360-degree camera that displays the outside from different perspectives. There are additional cameras to monitor the cargo in bed or on the trailer attached to the truck. Tow mirrors that expand and fold at the push of a button are also available. The touchscreen system also gets Apple Car Play and Android Auto integration with voice commands for some trims. There is also a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
The Toyota Tundra 2022 will be available for sale later this year, with a hybrid model to follow soon. It will compete with trucks like Ford F150 and Ram 1500. Pricing information will be released closer to the debut date.