2022 Toyota Tundra Pickup Comes into Clearer Focus

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Photo credit: Brian Williams/cars_secrets via Instagram - Car and Driver
Photo credit: Brian Williams/cars_secrets via Instagram - Car and Driver
  • The next-generation Toyota Tundra is likely to arrive soon as a 2022 model.

  • We've seen spy photos and leaked images of the new truck, and it looks like it will be very different than the current model.

  • Expect a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine rather than a naturally aspirated V-8.

Toyota is nearly ready to show a new version of the full-size Tundra, as evidenced by these spy photos and leaked images of the new pickup truck. The 2022 Toyota Tundra will mark the truck's first full redesign since 2007, when it grew in size in an attempt to better compete with domestic full-size trucks from Ford, Chevy, and Ram.

Above, we've mashed up a spy photo showing a camouflaged Tundra prototype and a leaked photo of the Tundra's uncovered headlight to imagine what the front end might look like. It appears to have an imposing grille and an interestingly shaped headlight assembly. Not much is visible of the rear end in the spy photos, but the pictured prototype looks to be a crew-cab model with a short bed.

Photo credit: Brian Williams - Car and Driver
Photo credit: Brian Williams - Car and Driver

We've speculated previously that the skirt obscuring the rear underbody may be hiding a new suspension setup, possibly coil springs, air springs, or even an independent rear suspension. These photos also show six-lug wheels.

The new Tundra will also feature big changes under the hood, as a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 is likely to replace the current model's naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V-8 as the top engine choice. This V-6 makes 416 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque in the Lexus LS500 luxury sedan, but will surely be tuned differently for a truck application. A hybrid version of this powertrain may also be offered to compete with the new 2021 F-150 hybrid.

Toyota has yet to officially confirm the existence of the new 2022 Tundra, but a spokesperson did tell C/D, "Full-size pickup trucks remain an important segment for Toyota and our customers, and while we cannot confirm future product details, we are excited for what’s to come." Look for more information soon on this new pickup entry, which we expect to debut within the next few months.

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