The 2022 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup truck entered production in San Antonio, Texas.
Only trucks powered with the standard twin-turbo 3.4-liter V-6 have started production, as the new hybrid powertrain won't arrive until the spring.
Pricing starts at $37,645. Trucks will start arriving at dealerships starting this month.
After nearly 15 years, the Toyota Tundra is officially entering a new generation as the 2022 trucks have started being produced at Toyota's plant in San Antonio, Texas. Expect to see them at dealerships starting this month, Toyota says.
The new Tundra is significantly improved for its third generation to compete with domestic trucks from Chevy, Ford, and Ram. A new coil-spring rear suspension setup improves its ride, its more modern interior has an available 14.0-inch touchscreen, and there's a new iForce MAX hybrid powertrain offering. However, the only trucks that are currently being produced are equipped with the standard twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V-6 engine, as trucks with the hybrid powertrain, including the hybrid-only TRD Pro model, will arrive in the spring of next year.
That twin-turbo V-6 engine replaces the old generation's 5.7-liter V-8 and produces 348 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque in the base SR model and 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in the higher trim levels. Tundras can tow up to 12,000 pounds, which is 1800 more than the previous-generation truck, and its max payload is rated at 1940 pounds.
Rear- or four-wheel-drive models are available in either crew- or extended-cab configurations with the choice of 5.5-, 6.5-, or 8.1-foot beds. Pricing starts at $37,645 for the base SR model, and SR5, Limited, Platinum, and 1794 models are also available now. You can see how a few Car and Driver editors would spec their new Tundra here.
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