2022 Toyota Tundra V8 Release Date – 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.
2022 Toyota Tundra V8 Release Date
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.
For the 2021 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.
What will the 2022 Toyota Tundra feature?
However, that’s about to change. In 2022 this Orlando Toyota truck will be getting a full makeover from top to bottom, inside and out, bumper to bumper and Toyota of Orlando is here with the scoop on what you can expect when it arrives. Here are the highlights.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra will no longer feature a V8 engine option… like, at all. From now on, this best-selling truck will be sporting a V6 engine. Higher-end models will likely offer a 3.4L option that gets 416 horsepower, while lower models will most likely offer a 3.5L that gets 278 horsepower. It’s rumored that both will offer much-improved horsepower.
We may even see a hybrid option up for grabs in the 2022 model year as other makes make their way into the electric segment alongside it and Toyota continued to expand its hybrid lineup.
A new chassis is in play – the new Toyota Tundra will showcase body-on-frame construction with new high-strength steel that also lowers the overall weight of the truck. The chassis will reflect the TNGA-F design (Toyota New Global Architecture-F) which was recently introduced to the make.
Gone are the leaf springs once found in the rear – the remodeled version of this Orlando Toyota truck will have coil springs as well as a live rear axle. We expect that due to the new design and chassic, the new elements, and the new engine, this popular truck will see big improvements in terms of towing, hauling, and performance in general (right now it maxes out at hauling 1,730 lbs and towing 10,200 lbs).
The newest Entune infotainment system will be inside the cab, featuring a massive 12″ touchscreen interface and a head-up display option.
This new Toyota truck will also boast a full Safety Sense suite with the latest and greatest safety technology, including automatic lane centering, advanced radar cruise control, and more.
The interior and exterior of this much-loved Toyota truck will boast a complete redesign, including a larger grille and taller hood, as well as an evolution reflecting the current design trends of this decade.
When will it arrive? We expect to see this remodeled Toyota Tundra until mid-to-end 2021 and we haven’t gotten details just yet about price, trim-levels available, or additional features and accessories. But we’ll be sure to keep you posted!