2022 Toyota Tundra goes through a complete evolution
The Toyota Tundra has been dragging its current guise for more than 14 years now. While all the main American brands significantly upgraded their truck lineup in the past few years, the Tundra definitely needed a change. The all-new model has evolved completely, riding on a new chassis and with new engines.
It gets a completely new styling, making it look much more muscular than its predecessor. A colossal front grill is offered, and is lined with a thick silver trim along its perimeter, flanked by redesigned headlights.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra is only available in two body styles, both double cabs. The CrewMax model gets an extended cab with a 5.5-foot long bed while the regular Double Cab Tundra gets a 6.5-foot bed. The Double Cab can also be had with an 8.1-foot bed.
The 2022 Tundra, despite its utilitarian roots, gets a truckload of technology. The base model comes with an 8.0-inch infotainment system while a fully-kitted Tundra can sport a massive 14.0-inch unit. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all models. The interior design resonates the same language as the exterior, tough and sturdy. A thick, metal-like trim runs across the width, adding more macho appeal to the interior. There is also an optional panoramic sunroof to add more airiness to the cabin.
The tech does not end there. Toyota gives the new Tundra a hefty list of safety systems called Toyota Safety Sense 2.5. This includes automatic emergency braking that detects cyclists and pedestrians, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beam. Adaptive cruise control and active lane keep assist are standard even on the base models of the 2022 Tundra, making it a comfortable highway cruiser. Most of the competition needs you to step up to higher trim levels for active safety systems.
The biggest news behind that gaping grill is the departure of the V8. Toyota introduces two new twin-turbo V6 engines to compensate for the loss.
The base engine is a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 good enough for 389 hp. This base mill churns out 649 Nm of torque as well. Stepping it up, there is a hybridized version of the same engine, called i-Force Max. This pairs an electric motor with the engine to produce 437 hp and 790 Nm.
There is a fully-loaded Tundra TRD Pro for the off-roading enthusiasts. This trim is powered by the i-Force Max engine as standard. It also gets an off-road kit that includes 2.5-inch internal-bypass Fox shocks with piggyback reservoirs, and a lift of 1.1-inches, thanks to special TRD shocks. A TRD Stabilizer bar is also offered, along with electronic nannies including Crawl Control, and Multi-Terrain Select.
If you want some TRD capability on the lower trims, you can choose a TRD Off-road package. This adds Bilstein dampers, Crawl Control, and Multi-Terrain select.
The pricing and other details of the 2022 Toyota Tundra are not out as of now. These will surface closer to the launch of the new Tundra.