Controversy over Next-Gen 2022 Toyota Tundra New Powertrain
I have been experiencing this phenomenon for fifteen years since I have been reviewing vehicles.
When a popular model is redesigned, or even refreshed, current owners and enthusiasts speak out on both sides of the love / hate meter.
Some will absolutely fall in love with the changes, while others will not care for them at all.
These new changes and updates are polarizing.
Like 2022 Toyota Tundra.
Everything new for 2022 Tundra
2021 Tundra 1794 Edition Magnetic Gray Metallic
I recently wrote a story for Torque News detailing fan feedback on a potential new transmission coming for 2022 Toyota Tundra.
It is like a Star Trek movie. “Toyota Tundra: The Next Generation.”
Why is this one so special, though? Not the movie, the truck.
Well, Toyota Tundra has not been fully redesigned since 2007. This was the year where Tundra instantly became “Truck of the Year.” Tough. Reliable. Dependable. Still going strong.
But it has been nearly 15 years in one body. That is 83 years old in human years according to almanac.com.
In short, it is time, and we cannot wait.
Everything will change on Tundra. New interior styling. Completely new exterior styling. More features than we have ever seen in a new Toyota truck.
And a new powertrain.
2022 Toyota Tundra rumors
The first point I can make about next-gen Tundra is that no news has been released by Toyota on either the engine or transmission being used.
I would not be allowed to reveal specifics anyway until Toyota releases this information. As the Mandalorian states, “This is the way.”
However, I can tell you some of the rumors I am hearing all over social media.
A 2022 Tundra may come with both a gasoline-only and a hybrid engine. I have been hearing talk of either a 3.5-liter or 3.7-liter V6 twin turbo engine. Probably no more 5.7-liter V8 engine, although many fans would like this to stay as an alternative.
As for transmission, Tundra next-gen could come with either an 8-speed or 10-speed automatic transmission. There is plenty of chatter pointing to the 10-speed, at least for the gasoline-powered 2022 Tundra. Not sure what a Tundra Hybrid will come with.
I do think whatever Toyota chooses, we will see a big increase in horsepower, torque, mpg and towing capacity.
We might even see a new 2022 Toyota Tundra cab configuration.
Toyota Tundra powertrain
There will be a controversy no matter what powertrain combination is revealed by Toyota.
Since my story was published, I have gotten plenty of feedback and opinions and suggestions related to 2022 Tundra. Here is a sampling.
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Tron commented. “All I want is a hybrid version with close to mid 20’s mpg. If I get that then I’m fine. I feel everything else they will work out. I’m on the edge. I love the new Highlander. I’m holding out for this to be announced. They are making it really hard.”
Lycanit wrote. “For the love of peanut butter.... people...grow up! Do or don't! Performance is awesome..own it.!!! yes it's a fuel..it's liquid entertainment...buy it.... the sound of waking up a beast.... That ...that is amazing....If you don't feel good reading that.. hearing that sound.. Then...well then...you are part of the problem and not the solution, good day to you!!!!”
“I have had 4WD Tundras since 2006 my current truck was bought new in 2012 and has 70k miles. Why would I think of myself as being more qualified to choose a tranny than the Tundra team? Tundra is a wonderful vehicle and at age 75 my current Tundra may be my last-who knows? In any event, if I buy a new or not, I hope the folks at Toyota don't listen to some fanboy.” Said Bjorn.
Kirk stated. “No need for a 10spd. It aint a da** semi truck”
“I work for Ford. 10spd suck. New F150/Mustangs/Expeditions in the shop all day long with issues. No thanks.” Commented Brandon.
YOU MAY ENJOY: Watch my review of 2021 Tundra 1794 Edition.
Ramon is going 8-speed with his pick. “The 8 speed from the Lexus SUV is fine.”
“Hope they stick with 8 like what is in the Land Cruisers. The zf 8 speed has proven that 8 is just right.” Replied Pranav.
“10 speeds in the Ford F series trucks have been pretty awesome.” Added Harold.
“I personally hope for a 10 speed, I’d also like to see 25-30 mpg out of this thing.” Logan is hoping for a big jump in fuel economy.
“I'd prefer 8. Too much seeking for the right gear with 10. But I'm keeping my 2019 forever so my opinion doesn't matter.” Your opinion definitely counts Patrick.
Allen is in a different but popular camp. “They need a diesel to compete. I’d be sold if they came out with a 12 valve Cummins Tundra.”
“If Toyota does a 10-speed they’ll do it right I’m just hoping they keep the 5.7 or do the next generation of the iforce v8s.” Adam had great suggestions.
Chris said. “If it’s not broke don’t fix it.”
“Nope, going to a Turbocharged 3.7L V6.” Predicted Adam.
“I’m all for a 10 speed if it’s reliable. If it turns out like the one in the Ford F-150 I’m running the other way.” Warned Luke.
Time for your Toyota Tundra comments
Thanks for reading everyone.
It is clear that opinions are running strong in many different directions over Toyota Tundra next generation.
Do you have a guess or a hope for either 2022 Tundra engine or transmission?
How about a Tundra Hybrid? What type of mpg ratings do you need to see in order to have interest in the Hybrid?
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