Next-Generation 2022 Toyota Tundra Debuts With Hybrid Engine Option, Big Tech Upgrades

2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
A black A-pillar gives the 2022 Tundra TRD Pro a unique appearance. Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

The next-generation 2022 Toyota Tundra improves upon its predecessor in nearly every way. This long-awaited update delivers buyers a Tacoma-like body style, powerful engine options, added creature comforts, and an abundance of high-tech features.

Toyota will sell the third-generation 2022 Tundra in SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 and TRD Pro grades.

For Tundra's next act, Toyota has given it the body of a grown up Tacoma. A variety to standard and available equipment and feature packages allow the truck to ride on 18- or 20-inch wheels.

Buyers can choose from 11 body paint colors. Not all colors are available on every Tundra grade.

Toyota will sell the Tundra in the buyer's choice of two different four-door layouts (DoubleCab or CrewMax) and three bed lengths. A 5.5-, 6.5- and an 8.1-foot bed are available. DoubleCab models are available with the larger two options while Tundra CrewMax trucks are available with the smaller two.

The steel-framed truck has supports designed to increase the Tundra's rigidity. A multi-link rear suspension in the 2022 version replaces the leaf springs in the 2021 model, and works with the truck's lateral control arm and freshly placed shock absorbers - a move designed to increase ride comfort and straight line stability.

The truck's double wishbone front suspension also aids in stability. Body roll is significantly reduced compared to the outgoing Tundra generation.

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An air suspension system is available. It features automatic and manual leveling functions and three ride height modes: High, Low and Normal.

Two- and four-wheel drive versions of the Tundra will be available to customers. Those with 4x4 will comes with Multi-Terran Select drive mode settings. Crawl and downhill assist control limit the truck's speed and allow the driver to focus on steering.

New structural support increases the Tundra's towing capacity 17.6 percent over the outgoing model. It can now tow 12,000 pounds and has a 1,940-pound maximum payload rating.

Power extending and folding tow mirrors with integrated turn signals, heating functionality and blind spot monitoring notifications allow for better views while towing.

Drivers can take advantage of Trailer Back Guidance and Straight Path Assist technology that work together to ensure that the Tundra and its trailer stay centered in the driving lane. Blind spot monitoring technology takes into consideration the truck as well as any trailer.

Owners can release the tailgate by pressing a button on the key fob.

The base power plant in the 2022 Tundra is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. That's better than the 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque that the 5.7-liter V8 under the hood of the 2021 Tundra gives drivers to use.

An upgraded version of the engine, called the I-Force Max, adds an electric motor and nickel-metal hydride battery (located below the second-row seats) to the equation boosting the output to 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Tundras equipped with this engine will come with a Tow/Haul, Tow/Haul+, Sport, Sport+ drive mode and allow for electric-only driving.

Both engine options are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is only available with the I-Force Max engine.

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The interior of the model reflects the "Technical Muscle" motif chosen by Toyota's Calty design team. Its design follows similar Tundra styling but pushes it into the modern age.

A 14-inch infotainment touch screen is available, an 8-inch screen is standard. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard.

The Tundra is the first model to come equipped with Toyota's new infotainment operating system. The Toyota Audio Multimedia system features crisp visuals and a look wholly different than its predecessor. It processes information five times faster than the previous operating system and has a screen that reacts like a smartphone with pinch and zoom functionality.

Tundra models equipped with the I-Force Max engine and all Platinum, 1794 and TRD Pro models get a 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster. Other Tundras have a more traditional cluster set up with a 4.1-inch driver information screen at its center.

Toyota offers the Tundra with 4G connectivity for up to 10 devices when buyers choose to use their vehicle as an AT&T hotspot. Apple Music and Amazon Music subscriptions can be linked to the infotainment system.

Toyota has kept physical controls for some infotainment and climate control functionalities. This includes a large audio knob that is designed to be used with gloves.

National voice commands utilize "Hey/Hi/Hello/Okay Toyota" to signal choices and commands.

The system's cloud-based navigation is designed to allow real-time over-the-air updates for mapping and points of interest. Drivers and passengers can use the voice-activated commands and touch screen inputs to control the Google data and need not be connected to the internet to use the system.

Drivers can create their own user profile that can be linked to a smartphone, key, table, or manual login.

Cameras allow for a surround view of the Tundra. Tundra TRD Pro models and those with the TRD Off-Road package come equipped with a Multi-Terrain Monitor, which allows drivers to choose from front-, rear-, and side-camera views. The Panoramic View Monitor allows an overhead view of the truck and the surrounding terrain.

Additional camera views allow drivers to see in to the bed to check on cargo, a rear split view that shows the far sides of a trailer, and a hitch view.

Every Tundra comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5, a suite of driver assist and safety features. The models have forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, rear seat reminder, lane departure alert, and road sign assist.

Additionally, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are standard.

Each new Tundra will come with a 36-month/36,000-mile new vehicle warranty and a 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. A 60-month corrosion warranty is also standard.

Toyota's maintenance and roadside assistance plan, ToyotaCare, is complementary for the first 24-moths/25,000 miles of the vehicle's life.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra goes on sale later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the model's on-sale date.