2022 Toyota Tundra Concept Capacity – Way back in 1986, Toyota built its first car on U.S. soil in the guise of a Corolla at the Fremont manufacturing plant that’s currently operated by Tesla. Just about 13 years later, the Japanese automaker rolled out the Tundra full-size pickup truck. As opposed to the commercial success of the Corolla in this part of the world, the Tundra has failed to capture the American public for pretty obvious reasons. First of all, Toyota doesn’t have the experience of and won’t catch up with domestic automakers in this segment. But most importantly, the Tundra is prohibitively expensive for many customers.
While we’ve known about a new generation of the Toyota Tundra being under development for over a year, the pickup hasn’t shown up in many spy shots. Now, photographs are providing the best look yet at the future pickup.
The front end of the new Tundra appears to retain the grille layout of the current model by using thick, horizontal crossbars. The headlights occupy a fairly small portion of the truck’s face. Given the location of the white covering over them, we wonder if the turn signals sit vertically below the lamps.
This truck has Toyota’s four-door CrewMax cab. There are no spy shots of the Double Cab configuration yet, making us wonder if the company might offer the truck in only one body style.
Toyota’s covering does a great job of concealing the back end. The vertically oriented taillights are barely visible at the outer edges of the body. The wheels now have six lugs, rather than five, and the exhaust exits sideways behind the rear axle.
According to our spies, Toyota’s engineers did not want them to snap photos of the Tundra’s rear suspension. Maybe, this is just the team being cautious, or there could be some big changes back there that require hiding.
Also, the Tundra didn’t sound like it had a V8 under the hood, according to the people who heard it. This fits with rumors of Toyota offering the truck with a twin-turbo V6. There might even be a hybrid version of the miss available in the pickup.
Toyota has developed the new F1 platform for all of its body-on-frame vehicles worldwide. Naturally, the Tundra is among them. The company is engineering the new underpinnings with the ability to accept electrified powertrains in mind.
Look for the new Tundra to go on sale for the 2022 model year. According to a rumor, the arrival at dealers is not until December 2022.
For the 2022 model year, the $33,675 starting price gets you the double cab with the standard bed, rear-wheel drive, a six-speed automatic, and the i-Force V8 with 381 horsepower at the crankshaft. As far as standard features are concerned, the entry-level SR trim has got you covered with day-to-day essentials such as touchscreen infotainment and the TSS-P safety suite.
Although it’s good value for the money at first glance, the Tundra can’t compete with the F-150, Ram 1500, Silverado, and Sierra in terms of starting price, available configurations, payload and towing capacities, and off-road shenanigans. The reliability record isn’t excellent either, and it baffles me to see how little this truck has changed in the 7 years since the last redesign.
For 2022, however, Toyota is launching an all-new truck with all-new underpinnings and no V8 option. Reports in the Japanese media suggest that all of the automaker’s V8 development programs have been canned in favor of turbos and electrified powertrains, and this gets us to the F1.
Also known as the TNGA-F, the ladder-frame chassis of the 2022 Tundra isn’t designed with eight-cylinder mills in mind. At most, you can look forward to six cylinders, forced induction, and hybrid assistance for the full-size pickup.
Not that long ago, an “inside source” let it slip that the Tundra would get the 3.5-liter engine from the Lexus LS 500 in combination with the lithium-ion battery and electric motor of the Lexus LS 500h. The tipster also said that 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet are doable, along with 30-plus MPG.
Until Toyota comes clean about F1-based models like the half-ton workhorse, Russian motoring publication Kolesa has treated us to a speculative rendering of the next-generation truck. The bling-bling grille flanked by small headlights is complemented by a big-rig hood in the style of Ram, the side profile is more American than ever, and the tailgate is beautifully minimalist in design.
Even the rear bumper has been rendered with utility in mind, and the accent line on the sides of the bed and front fenders adds to the visual appeal of this truck. Whatever the future holds in terms of exterior design, Toyota has to make a case for a lower starting price. Without entry-level retail customers and the deep pockets of fleet operators, sales figures will never take off with so many competitors fighting for the same pool of prospective buyers.
As a brief refresher, the Tundra finished 2019 with 111,673 sales in the United States. The Ford F-Series moved 896,526 examples, Ram finished second in the rankings with 633,694 trucks, and the Chevy Silverado sold 575,569 units.