2022 Toyota Tundra Rumors – The announcement of a brand new half-ton pickup is cause for cheers around here, especially since the truck is replacing a model that has been in production with only minor changes over the best fifteen years. If that same truck comes with a choice of new engines, our curiosity is sparked into the top gear.
2022 Toyota Tundra Rumors
What’s New for 2022?
Toyota gives the Tundra the much-needed, comprehensive design overhaul following the previous generation that has remained largely the same since its debut in 2007. Although it was refreshed for the 2014 model year the Tundra struggled to take sales from its domestic half-ton competitors such as , for instance, the Ford F-150, the Ram 1500 and it’s Chevy Silverado 1500 in addition to the GMC Sierra 1500. The updated Tundra has yet to outsell any of those alternatives, but its myriad improvements will make it far more competitive and appealing once it hits the market this winter.
In the past, the Tundra was available only with the naturally-aspirated V-8 engine. For the year of the new model it’s the Tundra features a V-6 and it’s much more powerful than the old engine however it’s got two less engine cylinders. A 10-speed automated transmission replaces the earlier six-speed on all models.
A regular 3.5-litre twin-turbo V-6 produces 389 hp and 479 pounds of torque (compare it to the 2021 Tundra’s 381-hp, 401 Lb-ft V-8). For those who are looking for more power, they can combine this V-6 engine to an electric motor. With this option of a hybrid setup the output increases from 437 to 583 lb-ft of torque. These hybrid systems feature serious technological advancements.
The Tundra removes the old models’ option of an normally engineered V6 or V8 to make way for the use with two twin turbine 3.5L V6s. One is electronically augmented with an electronic hybrid system. The base V6 puts out 389 horsepower and 479 pounds of torque. Both are improved in comparison to the 5.7L V8 engine that drove the 2021 Tundra. It produced 381 horsepower as well as 401 pound-feet. A hybrid’s electric motor boosts the 2022 Tundra’s horsepower to 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed auto transmission is standard. It replaces the six-speed automatic that is in the ’21 model.
Truck makers like to thump their chests with the most towing and payload numbers even in the half-ton segment. This is why Toyota was all too eager to let us know that its new Tundra can tow 12,000 pounds when equipped in the new hybrid V6 and the proper towing systems. This is 20% more than the old Tundra and, of course, it’s a good thing. Statistics for small engine aren’t yet available.
Much like payload, a half ton vehicle’s engine and body shape influence its towing capacity. This is why we’ll select the largest hybrid powertrain four-door model at Ford and Ram to test against Toyota’s iForce MAX. In this context, look for an maximum of 12,700 pounds; on Ford as well as 11,560 pounds at Ram.