2022 Toyota Tundra First Look – The launch of a new half-ton pickup has been a cause of excitement in our household, particularly when the vehicle in question is replacing a model that has been in production with only small changes for the better fifteen years. If that same truck comes with a choice of new engines, our interest levels really go into the high gears.
2022 Toyota Tundra First Look
What’s New for 2022?
Toyota offers the Tundra the much-needed, comprehensive revamp after the previous generation went largely unchanged since its release in 2007. Even though it was refreshed in 2014 for the model year however, it was unable to take sales from domestic half-ton rivals such as such as the Ford F-150, the Ram 1500 and it’s Chevy Silverado 1500, or the GMC Sierra 1500. The new Tundra will not surpass any of the other options But its many enhancements should make it much more competitive and appealing when it reaches dealerships this winter.
Before, the Tundra was available only with the naturally-aspirated V-8 engine. In the new model year it’s the Tundra gets a V-6, and it’s more efficient than the older engine however it’s got two less engine cylinders. The 10-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous six-speed for all models.
A normal 3.5-litre twin-turbo V-6 produces 389 horsepower and 479 Lb-ft of torque (compare with the 2021 Tundra’s 381-hp, 401 pounds of torque V-8). Buyers who want more power can connect their V-6 engine using an electric motor. With this option of a hybrid setup output boosts up to 437 horsepower and 583 pounds of torque. These hybrids offer top technology.
The Tundra eliminates the earlier models’ choice of normally in-line V6s and V8s in favour dual twin-turbo 3.5L V6s, one which is electrically enhanced with the hybrid system. The base engine produces 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Both are improved against the 5.7L V8 that powered the 2021 Tundra. It was able to produce 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. The addition of a hybrid’s electric motor makes the 2022 Tundra’s horsepower to 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. An automatic transmission with 10 speeds is standard. It replaces a six-speed automated that’s in the 21 model.
Truck makers love to beat their chests with the best payload and towing numbers even in this half-ton range. This is the reason Toyota was all over the moon to tell us its new Tundra can carry 12,000 pounds of towing when it is equipped using the hybrid V6 as well as the proper towing systems. It’s nearly 20 per cent more than the original Tundra, by the way. Figures for this smaller engine aren’t available at this time.
Like payloads too, a half-ton vehicle’s engine and body layout play a big part in the towing capacity. That’s why we’ll choose the most powerful hybrid powertrain four-door available at Ford and Ram in order to compare it to Toyota’s powerful iForce MAX. In this context, look for a maximum of 12,700 pounds; when you go to Ford at 11,560 lbs at Ram.