Toyota Tundra Takes Another Run at Fullsize Truck Segment

Trying yet again to break the stronghold on fullsize pickup trucks held by Detroit brands, Toyota reveals the all-new ’22 Tundra pickup, set to begin production in November at its plant in San Antonio, TX, and reaching first customers in December.

Tom Murphy, Managing Editor

September 20, 2021

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This represents Toyota’s third generation of the Tundra, which first arrived in 1999 and followed the T-100 pickup, which had been available in the U.S. starting in 1993.

The ’22 Tundra springs from Toyota’s new F1 Platform engineered to underpin other body-on-frame vehicles such as the Land Cruiser and Lexus LX SUVs. It is not clear if the Toyota Sequoia, which arrived in 2000, was redesigned for 2008 and has shared its architecture with the Tundra, also will switch to the new platform.

The Tundra will no longer offer the V-8, replaced by a twin-turbo 3.5L i-FORCE V-6 rated at 389 hp and 479 lb.-ft. (649 Nm) of torque as the base engine. That twin-turbo V-6 also will be offered as a 400V i-FORCE MAX full hybrid rated at 437 hp and 583 lb.-ft. (790 Nm). A new 10-speed automatic will be standard with both powertrains. The automaker expects 75% of models to sell with the non-hybrid powertrain.

Two four-door cabs will be offered. The Double cab comes with a 6.5-ft. (1.9-m) or 8-ft. (2.4-m) bed, while the CrewMax can be had with a 5.5-ft. (1.6-m) or 6.5-ft. bed. Until now, CrewMax was only available with the 5.5-ft. bed.

The new bed is made of aluminum-reinforced composite, under which Toyota carries over the solid rear axle of the previous Tundra. Leaf springs at the rear have been replaced with coil springs for better ride and handling.

Inside, the Tundra interior was designed to feel “clamped together” for rugged durability and to accommodate different lifestyles. While a larger percentage of Ford, General Motors and Ram pickups are used for work, Toyota’s Tundra has a broader following for lifestyle and recreational purposes.

An 8-in. (20-cm) multimedia touchscreen will be standard, while an all-new 14-in. (36-cm) display screen will be available, sitting horizontally across the instrument panel and providing access to infotainment features and vehicle settings. Directly in front of the driver will be a standard 4.1-in. digital multi-information screen or the available 12.3-in TFT display with digital gauge clusters.

Both Toyota and Nissan have come up short in repeated efforts to compete more directly with Detroit fullsize pickups. Through July of the ’21 model year, Toyota sold 76,254 Tundras and Nissan 24,812 Titans, according to Wards Intelligence data. For context, Ford sold 504,450 F-Series pickups, Chevrolet sold 463,118 Silverados, Stellantis sold 456,856 Rams and GMC sold 216,783 Sierras.

About the Author(s)

Tom Murphy

Managing Editor, Informa/WardsAuto

Tom Murphy test drives cars throughout the year and focuses on powertrain and interior technology. He leads selection of the Wards 10 Best Engines, Wards 10 Best Interiors and Wards 10 Best UX competitions. Tom grills year-round, never leaves home without a guitar pick and aspires to own a Jaguar E-Type someday.

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