Success in the full-size pickup market has been elusive for Toyota so far, but the automaker is putting its A-game to the fray with its 2022 Tundra, a muscular new truck that has the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500 in his views.
The top-of-the-line Tundra model will be the first pickup to benefit from Toyota’s legendary hybrid technology to increase fuel economy and performance. The ’22 Tundra, which is completely new and goes on sale in late 2021, will also have a towing capacity of 12,000 pounds and independent rear suspension like the Ram 1500.
The Detroit Three’s pickups are moving targets, however. Ford is already in blitz mode to promote the upcoming electric F-150 next spring. News of a matching electric Silverado and a GMC Sierra is expected soon. Gasoline-powered pickup trucks will remain the vast majority of sales for at least the rest of this decade, but Toyota remains less enthusiastic about electric vehicles than Ford and GM.
However, the improvements to the Tundra are significant, bringing new capabilities, convenience and comfort.
“From the start, our design goal was to create the most powerful, rugged and sophisticated full-size pickup that will take the Tundra to a whole new level,” said Kevin Hunter, President of the Design Group. American Toyota. “Because recreation and an outdoor lifestyle are at the heart of the Toyota truck identity, we set out to create a muscular, chiseled and athletic design that also appears to be able to meet the toughest towing demands. “
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Prices, fuel consumption and other information will be announced closer to sales. Tundra 2021 prices started at $ 35,365. 2022 is expected to start a few hundred dollars away.
The new collection bed can carry more
The new Tundra will offer a pair of four-door cabins and 5.5, 6.5, and 8.1-foot beds. It has a fully boxed high strength steel frame and an aluminum reinforced composite bed. Toyota engineers widened the frame at the rear to improve driving and towing stability. The frame also has more and larger cross members for greater rigidity.
Higher trim levels – Limited, Platinum, 1794 and TRD Pro – benefit from hydraulic cab mounts for added comfort.
Toyota claims the Molded Sheet Composite (SMC) bed is lighter and more dent resistant than metal.
In addition to the increase in towing (to a maximum of 10,200 pounds on the Model 21), payload – the amount the truck can carry in the bed and cab – increases by 210 pounds to 1,940.
The front suspension gets a double wishbone layout.
Prices are to be determined.
Toyota Tundra 2022 trim levels
- Platinum limited
- TRD Pro
Toyota built its pickup reputation on the off-road performance of its small Tacoma pickup, and the Tundra offers plenty of off-road benefits, including Bilstein monotube shocks.
The top-of-the-line TRD Pro model increases the bet with Fox 2.5-inch off-road racing shocks, which also result in a 1.1-inch increase in front lift. An electronic system that manages the brakes, accelerator and traction – freeing the driver from all obligations except steering – is available.
An optional air suspension has self-leveling capability and three heights – normal, high for off-road, and low for easy loading. The suspension automatically returns to normal height when it reaches the programmed speeds: 18 mph at high speed, off-road, and 8 mph when it begins to move after using the lower to load cargo.
Two powerful turbo V6 engines
The Tundra abandons the choice of previous models of V6 or normally aspirated V8 in favor of two twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6s, one electrically augmented by a hybrid system.
The base V6 produces 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Both are improvements over the 5.7L V8 that powered the 2021 Tundra. It produced 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque.
The addition of a hybrid electric motor brings the power of the 2022 Tundra to 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque.
A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard. It replaces a six-speed automatic transmission that is in the ’21 model.
The Tundra is the first vehicle that Toyota offers an in-house developed infotainment system.
Using an 8- or 14-inch touchscreen, the system responds to smartphone-like movements, such as pinching to zoom. There is also a dial for volume, but none for adjustment. The temperature and fan speed are controlled by toggles.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless are standard.
Toyota’s new virtual assistant responds to wake-up commands, including “Hey / Hi / Hello / OK Toyota”. These choices seem to invite false positives, which I’ll check out when I review a Tundra in a few weeks.
The navigation system uses cloud-based data for locations and points of interest. Toyota says the system will detect approach areas with poor connectivity and cache directions before losing access to the cloud.
User profiles for air conditioning and audio are also saved in the cloud.
Safety and driving assistance
Standard safety systems include pre-collision alerts with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and alerts for oncoming pedestrians and vehicles when making a left turn at an intersection. The system also stabilizes the driver’s steering action while avoiding a pedestrian, cyclist or vehicle.
Other features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts and lane balance.