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The Next-Gen 2022 Toyota Tundra is Here, Along with a 437 HP Twin Turbo Hybrid V6

The new 2022 Toyota Tundra is another strong entrant in the increasingly competitive full size pickup truck market. (Image/Toyota)

The last generation Toyota Tundra was released in 2007. If you’re keeping track at home, that pre-dates the Marvel Cinematic Universe by a year. So, save for a mid-cycle refresh in 2014, pickup truck buyers have been anticipating an all-new Toyota Tundra for a while now.

…And it looks like the wait may have been worth it.

Redesigned all the way around, the 2022 Tundra’s got a new high-strength boxed, steel-ladder frame, aluminum-reinforced composite bed, and freshly-tweaked multi-link rear suspension. (Image/Toyota)

2022 Toyota Tundra Engine Specs & Performance

You’ll probably be most interested to hear what’s going on under the Tundra’s hood. For starters, the old V8 is gone, replaced by a base twin-turbo 3.5 liter i-FORCE V6 making 389 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque—that’s (checks notes) better than that outgoing V8, by the way.

While those numbers are pretty darn impressive, there’s an optional i-FORCE MAX V6 making 437 horsepower and 583 lb.-ft. of torque. Better yet, this i-FORCE MAX is a hybrid powerplant. Squished in between the engine and transmission is a motor generator which, Toyota says, does the bulk of the low-speed propulsion without much help from the gas-powered V6.

The new twin turbo V6 beats the outgoing V8 in several vital performance metrics. (Image/Toyota)

Speaking of transmissions, both engines are connected to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

But what does that mean in a practical world? In the proper configuration, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra has a 1,940 payload capacity and can tow up to 12,000 pounds.

The new 2022 can tow up to 12,000 pounds. (Image/Toyota)

TRD Packages & 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Like it has in previous trucks, Toyota’s performance arm, Toyota Racing Development, had some involvement in the new Tundra. For starters, there’s a TRD Sport Package that comes with 20 inch TRD wheels, TRD grille, TRD lowered sport suspension, and a TRD leather shift knob.

Then, there’s the TRD Off-Road Package, which gives you either 18 or 20 inch TRD wheels (depending on the truck trim), TRD grille, TRD off-road suspension, skid plates, mud guards, and TRD leather shift knob. 4×4 models will also gain an e-locker in the rear, Multi-Terrain Select (MTS), and Crawl Control.

The new Tundra TRD Pro offers a unique suspension system and special off-road protection, like this skid plate. (Image/Toyota)

Finally, we’ve got the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro submodel. It boasts 2.5 inch diameter FOX internal bypass shocks that give the truck about a one inch lift up front. The TRD Pro is also outfitted with a new TRD Pro front stabilizer bar, red painted suspension parts, TRD aluminum front skid plate, and unique all-terrain tires.

Other Vital 2022 Toyota Tundra Specs & Details

You can get the 2022 Toyota Tundra in one of two four-door cab configurations: Double Cab and CrewMax. Opting for the Double Cab means you can get either a 6.5 foot or 8.1 foot truck bed, while the CrewMax cab can be fitted with either a 5.5 foot or a 6.5 foot bed.

Inside, the Tundra’s loaded with some high-tech wizardry like a cloud-based navigation system and an instrument panel that’ll let you access safety features, audio controls, off-road features, and towing functions. (Image/Toyota)

Thanks to new construction methods, Toyota also says the 2022 Tundra’s cargo box is lighter and stronger then the previous model. It’ll also resist dents, impact dings, and rust better than a traditional steel bed. Oh, and the new Tundra’s got a nifty tailgate that can be released with a button right on the key fob.

Both two-wheel and four-wheel drive models will be available, and the 2022 Toyota Tundra comes in several trims: SR5, Limited, 1794, and TRD Pro.

You can expect the new 2022 Toyota Tundra to arrive in dealerships late this year. Get the latest updates on the 2022 Toyota Tundra here.

The Tundra TRD Pro comes straight from the Toyota Racing Development shop. (Image/Toyota)
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2 Comments

  1. Will the hybrid be available with the SR5 TRD Sport model?
    Thanks

    • Doesn’t look like it. Here’s what the press release says:

      “TRD Pro will also return to the Tundra lineup, but it will only be offered with the i-FORCE MAX powertrain, whereas i-FORCE MAX will be an option on Limited, Platinum and 1794.”

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