The 2022 Toyota Tundra Has a Sharp New Face

by Gabrielle DeSantis

It’s hard to contain our excitement for the 2022 Toyota Tundra. This truck, which is often referred to as a dinosaur, is finally being redesigned. There are incredible upgrades to expect with the new Toyota Tundra. 

The 2022 Toyota Tundra is getting a new face 

2022 Toyota Tundra teaser | Toyota

While recent Toyota Tundra models still look great, they have carried over an older look for a few years. The last time that the Tundra had a full redesign was in 2007. That was 14 years ago. 

The Tundra did get a nice refresh in 2014 but has only had minor changes since then. In 2020 the Tundra got slightly updated tech, including an optional 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but it still feels behind. 

Now the 2022 Toyota Tundra is catching up to rivals, and we’ve finally received a little taste of what to expect. Toyota released a teaser image showing new LED headlights. It provides clues as to how the truck will be shaped and its size. 

What to expect with the new Toyota Tundra 

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According to Car and Driver, the 2022 Toyota Tundra shows bold new headlights, a light bar that stretches across the middle of the grille where the Toyota Logo used to be, and new amber marker lights above the grille. Also, two more LED lights sit under the grille, so this truck is bright. 

The amber lights suggest that the Tundra could be over 80 inches wide. Its configurations have been slimmed down recently, and for 2021, the Tundra is only available in Double Cab or CrewMax variants. The only spy shots that have been captured so far look like a CrewMax variant with a short bed. 

The third-generation Toyota Tundra is expected to ride on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform for body-on-frame trucks. According to Gear Patrol, the platform could convert the Tundra to lighter construction materials to improve ride quality and safety. 

In the spy shots, the Tundra has a covered rear end. This may indicate that Toyota is hiding a new suspension setup. Current Tundra models use a leaf-spring setup in the rear, but the new one could have coil springs, air springs, or an independent rear suspension. 

Will the third-generation Toyota Tundra have more power? 

2021 Toyota Tundra parked in a field in the mountains
2021 Toyota Tundra | Toyota

The 2022 Toyota Tundra will need updated powertrain options to survive. This doesn’t mean that the current engine is bad, but it’s a little thirsty compared to rivals. Current Toyota Tundra models have a 5.7-liter V8 engine that pumps out 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. 

It provides a powerful acceleration, and the Tundra can tow up to 10,200 lbs. But the 2021 Ford F-150 can tow up to 14,000 lbs, and the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 can tow up to 13,300 lbs, so the Tundra needs to catch up. 

The 2021 Tundra gets an EPA-estimated 13 mpg in the city and up to 17 mpg on the highway. But if the rumors are correct, the 2022 Tundra will receive a new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine, a new hybrid version, and an electric variant that could be in the works. The 2022 Tundra should make its debut soon, and we can’t wait to learn more.

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