Everything we know about the 2022 Toyota Tundra so far
Evolved after nearly a decade, the flagship truck of Japanese automaker tycoon Toyota is about to hit the streets with plenty of surprising features.
Evolved after nearly a decade, the flagship truck of Japanese automaker tycoon Toyota is set to hit the streets with plenty of surprising features at the end of this year.
The last version update for Toyota Tundra was the second generation of 2008, which was a huge success. Toyota has sold more than 1,960,000 units worldwide, and the vehicle’s groundbreaking sales record remains intact. Surprisingly enough, however, Toyota did not modify this vehicle further, giving its rivals an open field to excel in all aspects of the truck segment where Toyota has failed. This was clearly reflected in Tundra’s still declining sales in the years after 2008.
To this day, the Toyota Tundra still lags far behind its rivals in terms of high-tech capabilities, payload capacity, off-road functionality and speed. However, after a long period of drought, Toyota has finally announced good news for its loyal customers. The Japanese automaker has announced the third generation Tundra, and it claims the automobile will be the best thing the truck segment has ever seen.
New Toyota Tundra is expected to be refined in several aspects, such as styling, interior, powertrain and payload capacity, to regain its status in the market. Without a doubt, it will face stiff competition from seasoned trucks like Ford F-150, GMC Sierra, and Ram 1500. But the expected modifications from Tundra should be tough enough to help the truck find its way to the top.
The Toyota Tundra is set to rule the streets at the end of this year in a new avatar and with massive upgrades, and here’s what the truck will deliver.
A muscular and heavy look
The new Tundra will come in a more macho and heavy look on the outside with a significant improvement to its internal skeleton as well. If rumors are to be believed, the new Tundra will be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture-F (TNGA-F) chassis-mounted body frame made of high-strength steel and lightweight materials. This new chassis will give the truck more structural rigidity while moderately reducing weight.
The fairing of the truck is expected to be beefier with a more aggressive design that may include a massive grille accompanied on the edges by cleverly designed LED headlights with daytime running lights. Below which, the car will feature a huge body-colored bumper with LED fog lights. The hood can gain a certain height compared to its predecessors, with an integrated air intake. The new Tundra will be available with four different grille styles.
The essential improvements expected from the vehicle concern the suspension system. The current model has truck-style leaf springs, but to compete with its highly advanced rivals, the Tundra 2022 can be fitted with coil-spring suspension for a comfortable, jerk-free riding experience. Some other improvements may include increasing payload and towing capacity over current figures of 1,730 pounds and 10,200 pounds, respectively.
Versatile interior design
Focusing on passenger comfort and experience, the 2022 Tundra will feature premium upgrades in its passenger cabin. Although the interior of the current model is decent enough, the new generation of the truck will step up the game to meet customer demands for an SUV-like interior.
So far, the new Tundra is expected to feature all new seats and high quality materials for upholstery with optional choices. The front seats will be electrically adjustable in 12 directions and all seats will be equipped with heating and ventilation systems, with an electronic panoramic sunroof in the ceiling. The cabin size should be 6.5 feet which is much larger than the current Tundra CrewMax model. The car will offer 42.3 inches of legroom for rear seat passengers.
It is also believed that the Tundra 2022 will feature the state-of-the-art Entune infotainment system, consisting of a 12-inch touchscreen and a large display. The Google-based navigation system will be standard, and like the current model, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard with Bluetooth connectivity. The infotainment system will be powered by Amazon’s Alexa support and SiriusXM, connected to a high-end audio system. A two-zone air conditioning system will control the weather inside the car.
The new V6 engine
Considering the fuel economy, a drastic change is also expected under the hood of Tundra. The 2022 Tundra won’t have the traditional V8; instead, it will feature a V6 that is both fuel efficient and powerful. As expected, the next-generation Tundra will be powered by a twin-turbo 3.4-liter V6 with rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive powertrains. The vehicle must be able to produce a gigantic power of 416 horsepower.
The new engine will be controlled by a 6 or 8 speed automatic transmission and will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7 seconds.
Enhanced security features
In keeping with today’s safety concerns and the expectations of a premium truck, the Toyota Tundra 2022 can equip several advanced safety features. This may include dynamic radar cruise control, child safety locks in the rear doors, engine immobilizer, 8 airbags, stability control, deactivation of the occupant detection of the airbag, passenger, remote anti-theft alarm system, automatic shut-off and twilight-sensing headlights, tire pressure monitoring, traction control, pre-collision safety system, post-collision safety system and brake assist emergency.
The truck segment of the automotive industry has seen massive progress from major truck manufacturers such as Ford, Ram or Mitsubishi. While Toyota hasn’t been at the top of the charts in its truck segment over the past decade, the Japanese giant aims to conquer the market again with its latest generation Tundra. If the truck comes with the features expected in the 2022 Tundra, then there is no doubt that Toyota will regain its status as the world leader in the truck segment.
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