Packed with hybrid power and a new redesign, the 2022 Toyota Tundra also has a tech punch for the man who wants more in his cab.
Fox News said the new truck came out Sunday night with its first full-size truck redesign since 2007. Full pricing for the truck will come out later this year.
Motortrend is predicting the truck will start at $35,000 with the fancier trims coming in at $55,000.
Maybe the redesign move is a grand attempt at keeping up with the other truck makers in its style class. The Tundra shares size and power similarities with the Chevy Silverado, Ford F-150, GMC Sierra and Ram 1500.
What it doesn’t share is this model’s boxier, more bombastic style. According to CNET, the 2022 Toyota Tundra will be available in SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 and TRD Pro trims.
The Tundra sits at fourth among best-selling full-size trucks in the U.S.
Like the Ram 1500, the Tundra is going to coil springs for better ride comfort, tossing away its leaf-spring rear suspension.
This model also will have the two-door double cab or four-door CrewMax versions for companies. The Double Cab gets a 6.5-foot or 8.1-foot bed while the CrewMax takes either the 5.5-foot or 6.5-foot bed.
As for engine style, Toyota booted the V8 and went to two 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged i-Force V6 powertrains. The V8 was very popular with owners so we’ll have to see how that fares.
While the standard i-Force has 389 horsepower with 476 pounds-foot of torque, the i-Force Max’s electric motor is different. It will have a 10-speed tranny with 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft.
While the i-Force Max has more power than the Ford F-150 Powerboost, it can’t match the on-sight generator capability that the F-150s have.
Towing A Mystery
Towing estimates are anyone’s guess. Toyota said the i-Force Max trucks can go in all-electric mode up to 18 mph while the engine is fully engaged. What does that mean for fuel consumption? We don’t know yet.
Those figures will be key in learning how far the i-Force can go with its top tow rating of 12,000 pounds with the SR5 Double Cab and its rear-wheel drive. The 6.5-foot bed and the i-Force Max are limited to 11,500 pounds.
Other Tundra features come with the standards: the Toyota Safety Sense has the electronic driver aids of automatic emergency braking, collision avoidance steering, cruise control adaptation, and keep in your lane alerts.
Tech Stuff Impressive
The Tundra comes with its fair share of bells and whistles.
The digital instrument center has a 14.1-inch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration stuff. That’s an upgrade from an 8-inch display.
Also, a 360-degree camera is an option. Do with that with what you may, like for offroading and precision parking, but it’s not a standard feature.
Adjustable air springs, an adaptive suspension system, and a panoramic sunroof for specific models’ power roll-down rear window are among certain features for the new models.
Maybe the most straightforward option may be a tailgate button. Instead of cramming your fingers under a handle, a side button will be all you need to release the tailgate. Maybe Toyota doesn’t think you need a fancy, adjustable tailgate as GM/Chevy does with its steps and stuff.