The current-generation Toyota Tundra is one of the oldest full-size pickup trucks on the market. It was first launched in 2007 and was constantly updated to keep the truck looking fresh and modern over the years. But with competitors launching all-new models like the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and the Chevrolet Silverado Toyota decided it was time to introduce the next-generation full-size pickup.
Meet the 2022 Tundra.
It's all-new inside and out, including the platform. The new Tundra rides on Toyota's new TNGA-F body-on-frame platform, which will also underpin the next-generation Tacoma and the smaller Sequoia and 4Runner models. Unlike before, it uses a coil spring rear setup instead of traditional leaf springs, which improves ride and drivability. There's even an air suspension system for higher trim models.
Under the hood, the aging 5.7-liter V8 engine has been dropped from the lineup. In its place are two new engine options – a twin-turbo V6 and a hybrid twin-turbo V6. The “base” is the non-hybrid 3.5-liter V6 with 389 horsepower and 649 Nm torque, while the hybrid i-Force Max adds an electric motor and bumps total system output to 437 horsepower and 790 Nm torque. Both models come with a 10-speed automatic gearbox and are available in either rear- or four-wheel drive configuration.
Despite having a smaller engine, Toyota claims the 2022 Tundra can still tow 12,000 lbs or 5,443kg with a max payload of 880 kg. When in Tow/Haul mode, the i-Force Max system constantly operates to improve acceleration and torque for towing needs.
Apart from the new platform, the biggest change would be the design. The new Tundra looks nothing like the outgoing model and features a radical redesign similar to its competitors. There's a massive grille up front flanked by a pair of large headlights. Down the side, the sculpted fenders give the pickup a more rugged look, while new vertical taillights round up the design changes. Depending on the trim, there are various styles available to suit customer needs.
Step inside, and owners are greeted by a modern cabin. The most prominent feature is the huge (optional) 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It's the first Toyota model to use the new Audio Multimedia interface and even comes with a “Hey, Toyota” assistant. An analog instrument cluster is standard on lower-trim models but is upgraded to a 12.3-inch digital screen for higher trim models.
For the off-roaders, a TRD off-road package is available inclusive of a different set of wheels, grille, and additional skid plates. It's not just style, though. The package also includes Bilstein dampers and electronically locking rear differentials.
As cool as the 2022 Tundra is, there's very little to no chance Toyota Motor Philippines will offer it locally. But if you really want one, you can wait for the gray market units to arrive.