2022 Toyota Tundra Silhouette – Toyota’s Tundra is, let’s face it, and the essence of an automotive relic. So much so that the origins of the current truck can be traced back to the last global financial crises (and ironically, they will see in the coming next).
Luckily for us isolated souls, the Japanese manufacturing giant is working hard to prepare its next-generation F-150 rival. Although his debut is some time off yet (and may even be delayed, depending on how the pandemic affects the economy), we take an illustrative look at what to expect in terms of design and everything else we know to date. Let’s take a deep breath and dive into all the details.
Styling on our speculative study is an unashamedly collective mix of RAV4 and the new Highlander. LED headlamps have C-shaped DRL signatures with high main beams. The detailed but imposing chrome trapezoidal frame of the grid shares the visual linage with the current truck and the upper air intake, which in turn leads around along with RAM-like hood power.
The view from the side is simple but muscular, while skipping sheet car employs tense tensions in the fenders and lower areas of the neck. For the point of difference, there are black fill segments at the bottom of the A-pillars and rear roof zones in the second visual node on the latest RAV4. Rear, it has a powered tailgate, Cadillac-style vertical LED tail lights, integrated bumper steps and an adjustable modular bed.
The basis of the new truck will be Toyota’s new F1 architecture shared with the next generation of Tacoma and Sequoia full-size SUVs. It’s good for a richer but higher quality cabin with a wealth of technology and amenities. If the latest Highlander is anything to go by, expect a 12.3-in touch-screen incorporating Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, 4G Wi-Fi connectivity, and JBL audio system at least.
Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 will also feature an employable suite of driver assists that include low-light pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane departure alerts with management assistance, lane tracking assistance, automatic high beam control, front & rear park assistance, and road signs detection.
The supposedly new Tundra will use an ever-present version in the Lexus brand, a hybrid 3.5-litre V6, and a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 under the ‘I-Force Max’ banner with the latter pumping 450 horsepower (335 kilowatts). Whether these hybrid engines will complement or fully replace the current 4.6-litre and 5.7-litre normally aspirated V8 units offered in the current truck remains unknown. However, we find it difficult for Toyota not to offer at least one V8 option for traditional pickup truck consumers.
The power supply should be fed to the rear wheels (or optionally, all four) via a six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission. The truck will have rear and air suspension capabilities, as well as dynamic torque vectoring with multi-terrain modes and tracks for those who regularly leave the beaten track.
The brand-new Tundra has a hard work ahead of her if she wants a bigger piece of pie for full-size trucks. Ford’s unstoppable F-150 will be bracing electrification soon, and Chevrolet’s Silverado/GMC Sierra and RAM 1500 are a worthy look too… oh and then there’s Nissan’s Titan (just in case you forgot), while Tesla is also looking to shake up the segment with a fully electric Cybertruck.
Ford’s new generation 2021 F-150 will be the one to beat in full-size trucks
Prices for all ratings from SR to TRD Pro (double cabin and CrewMax) is tipped to head up, albeit while still competitive with core competition.
An official (albeit delayed) debut is expected in the fourth quarter of next year, with sales tipped to start December 2021 as my2022 bid. His Sequoia full-size SUV sibling will also arrive about less than a year later.
Finally, what would you like to see from the next Tundra? Share your views in the comments below.