UPDATE 7/13/21: Toyota shared a short video showing the new Tundra’s moonroof and sliding rear window.
CORRECTION 7/9/21: This story has been revised to clarify Tundra and Ford F-series sales numbers.
Toyota is getting ready to introduce the next generation Tundra full-size pickup, and it’ll need to make a statement to compete with popular American pickups such as the Chevy Silverado, Ford F-150, and Ram 1500. It sold nearly 110,000 Tundras last year. Ford sold 787,422 F-series trucks although that number is for the entire Ford F-series truck lineup, not just the F-150. In order to catch up with those trucks, the new Tundra will need to be more attractive than the current generation, which debuted over a decade ago, have a nicer interior with a larger touchscreen, and potentially even offer a hybrid powertrain. Toyota has already shared a few details on the 2022 Tundra, including this official photo of the off-road-focused TRD Pro model, and this is what we know so far about the new truck, which should arrive by the end of the year:
Toyota shared a teaser image of the new Tundra’s interior, and it shows a large center-mounted touchscreen displaying Apple CarPlay. The current Tundra has an available 8.0-inch unit. A large infotainment screen is important because the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 both offer 12.0-inch screens. This teaser image, likely of the off-road-focused TRD Pro model’s cabin, also shows a JBL sound system and a red strip atop the steering wheel, likely unique to the TRD Pro.
Another interior improvement compared to the current model is a panoramic sunroof that should be available on higher trim levels. Here it’s shown on what we think is the TRD Pro model Toyota continues to tease. Its rear window will also roll down just like the old truck and 4Runner SUV.
The new Tundra is expected to use a new twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine. A version of this engine makes 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in the new global Land Cruiser. A hybrid drivetrain could also be available as suggested by blue “MAX” lettering on this teaser image Toyota shared of its new iForce MAX powertrain, which would help it compete against the F-150’s PowerBoost hybrid. Toyota also announced that an electric pickup is coming, too, but we’re not sure if it’ll be a Tundra. The current-generation Tundra uses Toyota’s 5.7-liter iForce V-8 engine, which produces 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque.
Toyota shared an image of the new Tundra TRD Pro, and it has a huge grille with three integrated LED light bars, which we think are TRD Pro-specific. A previous leaked photo showed a different grille design. There are also three amber marker lights above the “Toyota” script, which is also expected to be unique to the TRD Pro, suggesting that the new Tundra could be more than 80 inches wide. The current truck is 79.9 inches wide. The texture on the front bumper (where it says “Tundra”) is also found on the fender flares on this TRD Pro model.
The Tundra TRD Pro in the official image Toyota shared is equipped with 285/65 Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires and a new set of TRD Pro wheels. This photo also gives a clearer look at the textured fender flares.
Dealer images leaked before Toyota shared the first official image of the Tundra TRD Pro, and they showed a debossed “TRD Pro” logo spreading across the entire tailgate. The previous model had the script stamped into the rear quarter panel. The black texture from the front bumper and fender flares is also found on the rear of the TRD Pro. The current Tundra has the option of either a 5.5-foot, 6.5-foot, or 8.1-foot cargo box.
The current generation Tundra debuted in 2007, and it’s available in SR, SR5, Platinum, Limited, and TRD Pro models in crew- and extended-cab configurations. We expect a similar lineup for the 2022 model. The current truck uses a 381-hp 5.7-liter V-8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and we expect the new truck’s twin-turbo V-6 to make over 400 horsepower. It’s also expected to ditch the old leaf-spring rear suspension setup in favor of coil springs, air springs, or even an independent rear suspension. The Tundra’s outdated looks, powertrain, and interior should improve drastically with this new generation, and we’ll have all the details in the coming months.
From: Car and Driver
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