In 1999, with the launch of its first Tundra, Toyota cut its slice of the large truck pie. Today, after more than two decades of competing against the F-150 and Silverado, the 2022 Toyota Tundra presents its third generation, with which it promises even more capacity and durability, despite giving up what was believed indispensable in the category: a V8 engine.
His radical transformation begins in the guts. Everything is new in the 2022 Toyota Tundra, including the platform. Its ladder-type chassis is now stiffer and supports new solutions to improve ride quality and performance, such as hydraulic cab mounts — reserved for more equipped versions.
A key point of this third generation is the introduction of an independent rear suspension, which not only allows more sophisticated work when talking about damping but also improves dynamic behavior and towing capacity. The 2022 Toyota Tundra can tow up to 5.4 tons, 17.6% more than its previous generation, and carry 879 kg. In addition, for the first time, the option to a variable adaptive suspension is offered.
As expected, the range of versions maintains the TRD Pro variant, which not only features a more adventurous appearance and red painted parts; Toyota introduced 2.5-inch FOX internal shocks, which raise the front axle 28mm to improve off-road capability. There is also a specific stabilizer bar, Falken off-road tires, and special underbody protection equipment.
Goodbye V8 Engine
The 2022 Toyota Tundra surprises by eliminating the V8 engine from the range. From now on, all versions will use a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that, at 389 hp and 479 lb-ft, outperforms the previous generation eight-cylinder powerplant.
Toyota did not pass up the opportunity to hybridize the Tundra. The third generation debuts an alternative propulsion system, called i-FORCE MAX, which combines the same twin-turbo V6 as the rest of the range, with an electric motor and generator that takes care of starts – it can operate in electric mode up to 29 km / h – and to recover energy. The total power of the system is 437 hp and 583 lb-ft.
2022 Toyota Tundra Interiors
The cabin of the 2022 Toyota Tundra also takes a significant leap from the previous model. The design now looks much fresher and more muscular thanks to multiple raised surfaces, the option of two-tone upholstery, and a better selection of materials. The brand speaks of a premium feel on high-contact surfaces such as armrests, knobs, and buttons.
Throughout its versions, the equipment of the Toyota Tundra offers a screen of 8 to 14 inches for the infotainment system, a digital instrument of 12.3 “or a screen of 4.1” to the trip computer, a panoramic roof, front seat heating, and ventilation, among others.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra will begin production shortly at the brand’s facilities in San Antonio, Texas, to start its sales in the United States before the end of the year, where it will offer three sizes of the pan and a wide range of driving aids. Everything indicates that we will see it in Mexico during the first half of 2022.