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Did Toyota Just Reveal 2022 Tundra New Engine and Transmission?

Learn more about the newest powertrain combo that just might land in 2022 Toyota Tundra.


As we all wait for pretty much any new information and specifications concerning 2022 Toyota Tundra, we can look for clues along the way.

A big whopper detail on what to expect might have just been handed to us with the launch of another iconic Toyota model.

2022 Land Cruiser

2022 Toyota Land Cruiser profile view front end

Toyota announced the newest generation of its legendary Land Cruiser this week. Look for 2022 Land Cruiser to be completely redesigned.

Expect all-new styling, safety systems, an entirely modernized interior, and new technology features.

Plus, look for a brand-new powertrain. Start the 2022 Tundra talk.

Land Cruiser in 2022 will feature a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 for the first time in its truck and SUV lineup. A 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 diesel engine will be available as well.

This will be matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

A 2022 Land Cruiser with the 3.5-liter twin-turbo will give drivers 409 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. torque to work with. The 3.3-liter diesel should come with 304-305 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. torque.

Interesting. Quite interesting.

2022 Tundra vs 2022 Land Cruiser

2022 Toyota Tundra teaser picture front end

Of course, in the United States both Land Cruiser and Tundra have shared similar paths for many years.

Both are currently powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. torque.

Land Cruiser offers an 8-speed automatic transmission, while Tundra works off a 6-speed automatic transmission.

What can we take from the 2022 Land Cruiser big reveal?

2022 Toyota Tundra Specs

Toyota may have also given us an inner look at the newest Toyota Tundra engine and transmission "power couple."

It would make sense to see 2022 Tundra revealed with the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. I would also not be surprised to hear it has similar 409 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. torque.

If this comes to fruition, Tundra owners can expect an improvement of 28 horsepower and 78 pounds torque versus current 2021 Tundra specs.

This would make for a great base Tundra engine. With the possibility for bigger and stronger still.

Bob Carter, Toyota North America executive vice president of sales, recently told Motor Trend that we can expect at least two powerplants with 2022 Tundra. The optional (potentially larger and more powerful) engine option “will blow you away.”

We love the enthusiasm and the confidence here.

Now we need to see more details!

Time for your Toyota Tundra comments

Did the reveal of 2022 Land Cruiser get you a little bit fired up for more information on 2022 Tundra?

Also, do you think this will be the powertrain combination announced for next-gen Tundra?

A few notes here. I feel there will be some form of electrification with the optional Toyota Tundra engine. It would make sense to see this come out in one form of either Tundra Hybrid, Tundra Prime (gasoline/electric motor combo plus plug-in), or an all-electric version.

This would fall in line with the Toyota proclamation that every model will have some form of electrification by the year 2025.

Sorry Tundra diesel. I just do not feel this falls in line with the Toyota North American philosophy. Probably not going to happen.

What version would you like to see? How much top horsepower and torque do you think is necessary for Toyota to compete for supremacy in the full-size truck market?

Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I give details on Toyota next-gen multimedia system. Is it coming to 2022 Tundra?

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James Calvin B… (not verified)    June 11, 2021 - 9:51AM

I own a 2003 Tundra. This truck has over 200,000 miles. The only drawback is the gas mileage.
Toyota needs to match or exceed the other truck manufacturers in towing, mpg, hp, hauling cap.,and looks. My plan is to buy a new 2022 Toyota Tundra this year if Toyota meets my expectations..

Teon (not verified)    June 11, 2021 - 11:18AM

Well we need to know the hybrid powertrain. That’s all that matters to me. Also they need to make it quick. Everyone is announcing electric and hybrid trucks. I heard the reveal is next month. We will see if that’s true.

Daniel Hildebeast (not verified)    June 11, 2021 - 3:48PM

Do you guys thing that the "optional" more powerful engine will be the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine found in the overseas Land Cruiser?
I do not see this engine option being a base model engine.
I could image a naturally aspirated 3.5 engine (re-tuned HL engine?) as the base model engine, but honestly doesn't that seem underpowered for the size of the Tundra?
My currently equipped 2019 HL can tow up to 5,000 lbs with that 3.5 L engine.

In an ideal situation we'd see a mild Hybrid paired to the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine as the optional high powered engine.

Justin (not verified)    June 12, 2021 - 2:09PM

In reply to by Daniel Hildebeast (not verified)

Honestly sick of every manufacturer sticking a turbo on everything to make up for weak engines or to squeeze out more mpg. A truck this size needs at least the OPTION of a V8. If it needs twin turbo, then it is simply underpowered and while it would definitely make up for that, it is also absolutely going to wear out that engine faster which flies in the face of why people buy Toyota in the first place.

Sean Vandergriff (not verified)    June 11, 2021 - 10:14PM

To answer your question, yes it got me fired up! However, probably not in the way you meant.

I swear to gawd, these manufacturers and their stupid ass idea to stick a tablet on the top of the dash like an after thought. If they put that same ugly ass infotainment screen on top like they did on the Land Cruiser, Sienna, Camry, Highlander, etc., then I will just keep my 2019 Tundra.

I just don't understand why people think it looks good to have something sticking way up like that. It looks like something my 3 yr old would design.

As for the engine and transmission, yeah, sounds great hope it is close to what was revealed, and I think it will be.

BoDuke (not verified)    June 12, 2021 - 4:24AM

That diesel engine with those power levels or slightly higher would be perfect for the class. For the gas engine those numbers won't cut it. It'll have to best the EcoBoost 3.5 from Ford which has 430hp 500tq in its most powerful configuration. If that's the base numbers then it's a good start but anything less than 450hp and 525tq will be disappointing in top engine choice. We all know Toyota isn't big on frequent redesigns so if they don't go big now then it won't happen and other manufacturers will quickly jump way ahead again.

Big Rich (not verified)    June 12, 2021 - 11:46AM

I have been running a 5.7 crew cab long bed with headers and exhaust on 35"s with room for 37"s for over a decade (My chains are +3" diameter If run them). The new numbers don't impress me that much. I am one of the few that uses his truck like a truck though. Including offroading, hunting,camping and pulling a 20' boat to go fishing. I go out a few times a year in 5' plus snow. Aired down. Usually packing a few feet and riding on a few more feet. Daily commute of less than 20 miles. So I am not who Toyota builds trucks for. I didn't expect to be impressed until I read this would be a game ender for the truck markets. (Cough) really? Those numbers are good...but? On the lightest tundra with a supercharger they are putting down over 600hp to the tires..650 I think is where the transmission starts to let go.I think my mileage sucks but I actually almost match a big ford turbodiesel on 35"tires. So I'm not doing that bad really. Diesel has the most but per drop so for ultimate efficiency it's hard to beat one on the road off road an extra 800+ pounds in the front is not helpful to me. I know I don't get power without fuel consumption. Simple math..I would give up more mileage for more power. Give me a supercharged intercooled V8 with big rings in the pistons !!! With a straight axle in the front with lockers front and rear and get rid of the traction control that makes the truck dangerous. A real differential that doesn't use the brakes to (not) work properly. Terrible performance from the Toyota lotsa/slip differential..I would like 500hp 800 lb-ft for my towrig daily driver minimum. Premium gas. Your daily driver should excite you. I have plans for 1000/1000 in a 5k pound blazer. So again..I'm not the norm..why not a true long travel desert truck like other makes offer? Why not a straight axle or independent option on the same truck? Why not portal axles? Central tire inflation? Why not be able to plug your truck in at night if you want.? ..dual alternators, batteries moved to the bed. A brain to let you see your batteries and electrical systems better. Toyotas are always a trade off usually of something for reliability. I could tell you 10's of things I hate about the truck for my purposes. I accept those shortcomings for piece of mind. My wife might get one of the last new 5.7 Tundras. Or were building her a blazer. My next truck will be an older Chevy 3+3 on big tires (42") with a big block that should get around 6-8 mpg unloaded if I build it properly..
There was something to be said for my crew cab f350. I always knew I had enough truck for anything I was gonna hook up..I also knew if I ran it hard pulling trailers I would replace the transmission almost every year. Yup.

Michael (not verified)    June 12, 2021 - 3:56PM

Would love to see Toyota borrow from their Hino Hybrid / Diesel technology, bringing heavy duty towing power with fuel efficiency - game changer! Can't wait for the unveil.

Joshua R (not verified)    June 14, 2021 - 11:26AM

I own the 2021 Tundra crewmax limited. Love my truck but, the one thing that I don’t understand is how there is no 240 volt power outlet on this thing? They definitely missed the mark with that and is a bit frustrating to be honest. Hopefully the newer modtt egg is will be equipped with two at least in cabin in rear!