Toyota Tundra 2022, absolute powerhouse
Tundra was redesigned from the ground up. Designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S., there’s no question this is the toughest, most capable, most advanced Tundra to date. Improvements and enhancements abound, including its new high strength boxed, steel ladder frame, aluminum reinforced composite bed and fully redesigned multi link rear suspension. The outcome of development efforts gives the stout new Tundra an impressive maximum towing capacity of up to 12,000 pounds and a max payload capacity of 1,940 pounds.
Tundra will offer two different powerplant configurations. A new, highly efficient twin turbo 3.5 liter V6 engine offers impressive output by itself, producing up to 389 horsepower and 479 lb ft. of torque. When paired with a brilliantly engineered bell housing motor system called the i FORCE MAX, the result is a combined performance output of 437 horsepower and a whopping 583 lb. ft. of torque. Both configurations will be mated to a new 10 speed automatic transmission.
A new interior will offer creature comforts for driver and passenger alike, including an available panoramic roof, heated and ventilated front seats, rear sunshade, heated steering wheel and more. A host of new tech features are found throughout Tundra as well, such as towing aids, off road enhancements, an all new multimedia system featuring wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and over the air updates. Two different four door layouts are available, as well as various bed lengths including a 5.5 foot bed, 6.5 foot bed and an 8.1 foot bed.
The interior was meant to retain that “Technical Muscle” motif. Calty chose a horizontal layout theme as a departure from the vertical layout on most other trucks in the market. This complemented the design goal to integrate the instrument panel and center stack to flow with the interior layout. Premium materials were also a must for a truck with a strong pedigree like Tundra’s, especially in high contact areas, which is why wrapped armrests, pads across the dash, doors and other areas are employed on most trims. ■