The third-generation Toyota Tundra has formally premiered. The automaker will start deliveries to the US market by the end of 2021. The all-new hybrid powertrain is one of 5 major innovations in the new Tundra. But not only that…
The Toyota Tundra is now in its latest third generation. Its formal debut took place on September 19, 2021. The automaker has released the information about the new pickup. Let’s highlight 5 main facts.
1. i-Force Max powertrain
The new hybrid i-Force Max powertrain is available for trims other than entry-level SR and SR5. It delivers up to 437 hp and 583 lb.-ft. The base Tundras SR gets an i-Force 3.5-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder one that produces up to 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.
Both versions will be compiled with a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
2. 2022 Toyota Tundra’s towing capacity
The new Toyota Tundra’s maximum towing capacity is up to 12,000 pounds, and a max payload capacity is 1,940 pounds. Moreover, a significant update for the 2022 model is the adoption of a coil-spring multilink setup in the rear instead of leaf springs.
3. Cab configurations
The 2022 Tundra is available in crew-cab and extended-cab configurations. Customers can select from three lengths of the bed. The grades are SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794, and TRD Pro. Each comes in certain exterior color, with grade-specific 18- or 20-inch wheels.
4. A big 14.0-inch touchscreen as option
The new interior features an 8.0-inch touchscreen (standard on SR and SR5) or a 14.0-inch one of Toyota’s new Audio Multimedia system. The latter has voice-activated commands, and it is optional for the SR5 trim and standard on higher trims. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard now.
A 4.1-inch-screen instrument panel is standard on lower trims, while a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster displaying one of five national parks on startup is available for Limited and higher.
5. When the new Tundra goes on sale? Market odds
According to an official press release, the third-generation Tundra will go to US dealers by the end of 2021. No pricing information is available yet, but the current model starts at $34,025. We assume the new generation will be more expensive, given the i-Force Max hybrid powertrain, new drivetrain and new infotainment system.
The Toyota Tundra is entering the highly competitive segment where it meets strong rivals such as the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, Nissan Titan.
We can add that Toyota Tundra has been produced since May 1999. The pickup is designed primarily for the United States and manufactured in that country.
The predecessor of the Tundra was the T100 pickup – also developed for the USA. However, after its market launch, it was criticized.
The Toyota T100 was too small, had no extended-cab version. The most important criticism was the lack of a V8 engine. The replacement to the T100, Tundra, did not have these shortcomings.