The time has finally come for an all-new Toyota Tundra, and the next generation is expected to be bigger and offer a much different powertrain. The 2022 Tundra TRD Pro that Toyota revealed an official photo of has an exaggerated front-end design with distinct lighting elements. It also has three amber running lights integrated into the grille, which are legally required on vehicles that are more than 80 inches wide. Under the hood, we expect Toyota to replace the old truck’s 381-hp V-8 with a twin-turbo V-6 that generates over 400 horses. A hybrid powertrain could be available, too. The new Tundra will also likely feature a redesigned rear-suspension setup for an improved ride, and there’s a chance it could get an all-electric model to combat the Ford F-150 Lightning and other upcoming EV pickups.
What’s New for 2022?
Toyota is giving the Tundra a much-needed, total redesign after the previous generation went largely unchanged since its debut in 2007. Although it was refreshed for the 2014 model year, it struggled to steal sales from domestic half-ton rivals such as the F-150, the Ram 1500, the Chevy Silverado 1500, and the GMC Sierra 1500. The new Tundra still isn’t expected to outsell any of those alternatives, but its myriad improvements should make it much more competitive and desirable. We expect it to officially debut within the next few months and hit dealerships near the end of the year.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We don’t yet know how much the 2022 Tundra will cost, but we think it’ll be slightly more expensive than the outgoing model, which started at $35,620. Once Toyota releases official pricing, including the available trim levels and their accompanying standard and optional features, we can recommend which one to buy.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2022 Tundra could be the only full-size pickup truck not to offer a V-8 engine. Instead, we think Toyota will supplant the previous generation’s 381-hp naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V-8 with a twin-turbocharged V-6 producing upwards of 400 horsepower. Based on a teaser image released by Toyota, the Tundra could be available with a hybrid powertrain, too. Of course, whatever power source is motivating the Tundra, it’ll be specifically tuned for pickup-truck duty. Also likely to change from its predecessor is the rear suspension, which previously utilized a leaf-spring setup. We think the next generation could ride on more refined coil springs, air springs, or even possibly an independent rear suspension. The off-road-oriented TRD Pro that Toyota showed off rides on a unique set of black 18-inch wheels mounted on all-terrain tires.
As more information becomes available, we’ll update this story with more details about:
- Towing and Payload Capacity
- Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
- Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
- Infotainment and Connectivity
- Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
- Warranty and Maintenance Coverage