Toyota Strikes Back with the 2022 Tundra
And it's an absolute powerhouse
Bold. That's the word that describes this truck, not just because of its styling, but because of its character. What it offers and what it does is bold; which is arguably a refreshing change from the outgoing Tundra.
The first example of the Tundra's bold choices is its engine. Toyota got rid of the old V8 and brought in two highly-potent V6 variants. The standard i-FORCE V6 produces 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. If for some reason that isn't powerful enough, Toyota developed a hybrid system dubbed the i-FORCE MAX, which ups the power to 437 horsepower and boosts torque to 583 lb-ft. The hybrid system is contained of a 288V Nickel-Metal Hydride battery, which if needed, will work alone so long as the truck is under 18mph. Sure, there might not be a V8 under the hood, but there is a more powerful and more efficient V6 that does better than the outgoing V6. Paired with those two V6 variants is a 10-speed transmission which is newly developed for the 2022 Tundra.
At its best, the new Tundra offers a maximum payload of 12,000 pounds and a maximum payload of 1,940 pounds. Both rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive are available for the 2022 Tundra.
The Tundra is an all-new truck, meaning there's a lot of new components to talk about. The first of which is the new chassis which sports a new multi-link rear suspension with coil springs. As for the front, you get a new double-wishbone front suspension. Also new in the suspension department are electronically-controlled adaptive dampers and air springs which can lower and raise the truck depending on what you need.
While certainly more restrained than the exterior, the interior does feature a massive 14-inch touchscreen. Standard with the new Tundra is wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Not only that, but an equally massive 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is also available with the new Tundra.
Features-wise, you get a 360-degree camera, voice-activated commands, over-the-air navigation updates, and wireless charging, among many others.
And of course, the exterior demands attention. The prior generation of Tundra debuted 15 years ago and hadn't been redesigned since, and because of that, the Tundra has fallen back on sales. Now, Toyota is hoping that the over-the-top styling will help sway buyers from Ford, Chevy, and Ram, and bring them to the Tundra.
Bed sizes are plentiful, with crew-cab models coming in either a 5.5 or 6.5-foot bed, and extended cab capable of being equipped with a 6.5 or 8.1-foot bed.
The new Tundra can be had in a multitude of trims, with the SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794, and TRD Pro all available trim options. Pricing is unknown at the time of writing this article, but it will be released closer to the on-sale date.