For nearly 15 years Toyota has sold the current generation of the Tundra but pickup fans can finally celebrate, an all-new Toyota Tundra is almost here. Throughout the year, Toyota has been teasing us with new features and images of the upcoming truck.
Now we know much more than we did even a month ago. When the previous generation Tundra arrived on the scene it shook up the market. Can this new model be as groundbreaking?
All signs point to yes.
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The 2022 Toyota Tundra Breaks From Tradition
One could say that typically, trucks sold in America today are a bit old-school. But that’s been changing for sure. Because the segment is feeling increased competition from all the ‘usual suspects.’ Plus electric vehicle entrants are reportedly coming soon.
So, Toyota’s new Tundra is advancing the all-new Toyota Tundra won’t be influenced by that ethos. For example, the rear suspension is used to leverage leaf springs. But now it will use coil springs.
That’s sure to benefit ride comfort and handling, a feat other big brands have yet to fully address. In addition, it seems as though Toyota is building the Tundra on an all-new modular truck platform.
And the same platform will likely be shared with other family SUVs like the 4Runner. We’ve also seen hints of interior amenities not seen in other trucks. Toyota also teased a giant panoramic roof. And that the rear cabin glass isn’t fixed. This allows passengers to lower it like any other window out of the way.
iForce Max Power Is Coming
Under the hood of the all-new Toyota Tundra, we’ve seen a badge with the word iForce Max on it. And this strongly suggests that the outgoing V8 powerplant will be replaced altogether.
We’ve heard a expect the twin-turbocharged V6 from the JDM Landcruiser will be the replacement. Or at least, one of them. It makes 28 more horsepower and 78 more pound-feet of torque. There’s also strong reason to believe that a hybrid engine is coming.
Bob Carter, the V.P. of sales for Toyota in America said that something is coming that “will blow you away”. And Toyota also trademarked the name “Hybrid Max” recently. The inclusion of a hybrid powertrain would compete with the hybrid Ford F-150 and the upcoming Silverado EV.
Expect the launch powerplant to feed power to the wheels through a 10-speed automatic.
Real Off-Road Performance Is Coming
For buyers that want to get out into the wild, this new truck should be more than capable. Beyond the updated suspension, we’ve seen numerous new off-road features.
And that’s because, through a combination of official and leaked photos, we know much of what’s coming in the all-new Toyota Tundra. First, there will be a rock-crawling mode available on the TRD Pro.
It will also get Fox dampers, a large center control screen that can be configured to display off-road information, and large Falken All-Terrain tires.
The TRD Pro trim in particular will feature a taller ride height much like the current Tacoma TRD Pro. All and all, the new 2022 Toyota Tundra should have all the capability it needs to change the pickup truck game on and off-road.
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