2022 Toyota Tundra Diesel Release Date United States – The current Toyota Tundra impressed us enough to earn the MotorTrend Truck of the Year award…in 2008. Since then, the Japanese automaker has merely put coats of lipstick on its aging pickup while rivals such as the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, GMC Sierra, and Ram 1500 received at least one full-on redesign. In other words, the Tundra’s been left in the dust. However, Toyota finally is doing something about it.
Toyota is nearly ready to show a new version of the full-size Tundra, as evidenced by these spy photos and leaked images of the new pickup truck. The 2022 Toyota Tundra will mark the truck’s first full redesign since 2007, when it grew in size in an attempt to better compete with domestic full-size trucks from Ford, Chevy, and Ram.
Above, we’ve mashed up a spy photo showing a camouflaged Tundra prototype and a leaked photo of the Tundra’s uncovered headlight to imagine what the front end might look like. It appears to have an imposing grille and an interestingly shaped headlight assembly. Not much is visible of the rear end in the spy photos, but the pictured prototype looks to be a crew-cab model with a short bed.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra is due to ride on the company’s latest truck chassis. Reportedly coined Toyota New Global Architecture-F (or TNGA-F), the Tundra’s body-on-frame underpinnings ought to benefit from greater use of high-strength steel and other weight-saving materials. Like the Ram 1500, we anticipate the next-gen Tundra will adopt coil springs—in place of the current truck’s leaf springs—to go with its live rear axle. Such a setup will surely improve the truck’s ride quality. Likewise, we expect the lither 2022 Tundra to notably improve upon the outgoing model’s maximum 1,730-pound payload and 10,200-pound towing figures. Of course, it will have to, with more-modern light-duty competitors offering capacities that far outstrip those dated numbers.
Say goodbye to the Tundra’s V-8 engines, because Toyota’s big pickup will reportedly enter the world with a V-6-only powertrain lineup. Look for higher-end Tundra variants to utilize a variant of the 416-hp 3.4-liter unit found under the hood of the Lexus LS500. Lesser Tundras will likely employ the naturally aspirated 278-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine of the Tacoma (possibly massaged to produce more than 300 horses).
Given Toyota’s hybrid history, the brand may offer the 2022 Tundra with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain option, putting it on the vanguard in a segment that is just now warming up to electrification. Such a setup will allow the Toyota truck to properly compete with the 2021 Ford F-150 and its available hybrid powertrain.
Despite its relatively radical mechanical changes, the 2022 Toyota Tundra is anticipated to evolve upon the styling of today’s truck. That’s no bad thing, as the current Tundra has finally grown into its skin—the original version looked like a four-wheeled fish of some sort—and comes across as innocuous enough, if not fully handsome. Still, look for the big Toyota truck to sport a brasher front-end design incorporating a large grille and tall hood, providing the new Tundra with a flashier mug.
We’ve speculated previously that the skirt obscuring the rear underbody may be hiding a new suspension setup, possibly coil springs, air springs, or even an independent rear suspension. These photos also show six-lug wheels.
The new Tundra will also feature big changes under the hood, as a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 is likely to replace the current model’s naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V-8 as the top engine choice. This V-6 makes 416 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque in the Lexus LS500 luxury sedan, but will surely be tuned differently for a truck application. A hybrid version of this powertrain may also be offered to compete with the new 2021 F-150 hybrid.
Toyota has yet to officially confirm the existence of the new 2022 Tundra, but a spokesperson did tell C/D, “Full-size pickup trucks remain an important segment for Toyota and our customers, and while we cannot confirm future product details, we are excited for what’s to come.” Look for more information soon on this new pickup entry, which we expect to debut within the next few months.
Inside, the new Tundra will welcome Toyota’s latest Entune infotainment technology. This includes an available 12.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a large head-up display unit. Toyota’s full Safety Sense suite of goodies are sure to be available, too, including automatic braking, advanced radar cruise control, automatic lane centering and lane-keep assist, and much more.
Although we expect Toyota to unveil the 2022 Tundra before the middle of next year, we don’t anticipate the model rolling forth from Toyota’s San Antonio, Texas, factory and reaching dealerships until the end of 2021. When it arrives, the 2022 Tundra may sport a base price close to that of the current truck’s approximately $35,000 figure, or the brand might reintroduce lower, less-equipment-rich trim levels to the lineup in an attempt to capture fleet or entry-level buyers. No matter what, opting for four-wheel drive, more technology, a larger cab or bed, and more powerful or advanced powertrain options will raise the truck’s cost. Plan to spend north of $55,000 to get into the 2022 Tundra’s pricier trims.