After a long wait, Toyota is stepping out of the shadows, a little bit, before their all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra reveal. With its official scheduled revealing set for sometime in September, leaked photos have given us some idea of what we can expect.
To be clear, nothing is set in stone until the official 2022 Toyota Tundra reveal. But that said we know a little more than just a week ago. And that’s the above exterior picture. Plus the below partial dash image looking through the windshield.
So, overall, it’s hard not to compare it to a much bigger Tacoma. With a much larger grille along with LED headlights gracing the front-end of the full-size pick-up.
Also, the most recent official picture released by Toyota shows the Tundra in its TRD Pro Off-Road trim. So the light running across the front grille just under the Toyota nameplate may be specific to that trim. We just don’t know for sure.. :0)
2022 Toyota Tundra Expected Powerplant
Most likely the recent 5.7-liter V8 engine will be replaced with the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that was recently released in the Land Cruiser. That’s called the iForce Max, it produces 409 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque. But Toyota’s executive V.P. of U.S. sales, Bob Carter says that there will be more powerful options after the iForce Max, and also to expect hybrid and electric powertrains to follow.
New Rear Suspension Likely
The 2021 Toyota Tundra currently rides on a leaf suspension, but we suspect that setup will change. At the 2022 Toyota Tundra reveal, we think we’ll see a coil spring or air spring set up, or even an independent rear suspension setup. The hope would be for a more comfortable and capable off-road ride.
First Tundra Redesign in 14 Years
This will be Toyota’s first major redesign to the Tundra since 2007. And the company is stating they are “in it to win it” when it comes to the full-size pickup truck market. And most would agree that truck manufacturers have been scrambling a bit. Because when you consider recent announcements from other factories it seems to make the current Tundra even older somehow.
For example; GMC’s Hummer Supertruck and SUV and Chevy’s Electric Silverado. Plus Ford’s Lighting. So the always hot segment is even hotter at the moment. But Toyota reps say the new Tundra will blow consumers away with what’s to come… And we’ll see.
Serious Contender – 2022 Toyota Tundra
However, it’s hard not to be a Toyota truck fan. And on a personal note, I find my 2019 Tacoma to be too small inside. So, I’m looking forward to the Tundra – it just feels like a new generation of the Toyota full-size is way-way overdue.
Nevertheless, the competition is fierce. Because the full-size pickup truck market is crowded with stiff competitors. Ford and Chevy are always putting out great products. And recently both factories seemed to have upped their games. Plus RAM is winning over drivers with its latest product updates.
And that’s before we get into the EV world with Tesla’s Cybertruck, Lordstown Motors (if they survive), and other outliers. Like Rivian and Bollinger.
With that said, Tundra has a plenty-loyal base. And when you add Tacoma drivers like me that are wanting more cubic feet inside, demand will likely be high. Just a little longer – September-ish is what they’re saying.
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