The world is waiting. Waiting and watching. For what, you ask? Well, for many things, I would imagine. However, in this case I am referring to the big next-generation Toyota Tundra.
We turn our attention this time, my friends, to the rumored 2022 Tundra. For a couple years, the word around the gigantic automotive world water cooler was we would be looking at a new 2021 Tundra. But this has been pushed back to an all-new 2022 model year. As of now, we think we will see a completely redesigned Tundra at the end of calendar year 2021.
Now for the good stuff. What we would like to see.
A new powertrain for 2022 Tundra
This is one of the most polarizing topics surrounding Toyota Tundra these days. Especially with manufacturers temporarily suspending production all over the world. We need things to talk about folks. The all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra will surely come in with a new engine-transmission pairing.
It looks as though the current, very reliable and trusted 5.7-liter V8 engine will be gone. I expect the 6-speed automatic transmission to be replaced as well.
The most current rumor is we can expect to see a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. Not sure of the transmission yet. Perhaps an 8-speed automatic transmission?
Yes, it will be sad to see this incredibly reliable V8 engine disappear from the Tundra lineup. However, what if we are looking at power expectations of around 450 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. torque? Will that pique your interest a little?
2022 Tundra redesigned interior
One of the main beefs we have with newer Toyota Tundra models is that we are generally looking at an interior that feels a little outdated. It is time for a more modern, technology-rich interior cabin.
Toyota did a very good thing by refreshing the 2020 Tundra with larger multimedia touch screens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Also upgraded with these applications are 2020 Tacoma, 4Runner and Sequoia. We need and expect to have technology in our cars, trucks and SUVs.
Tundra is no exception.
Toyota has almost always shied away from leading the pack with “extra technology” features in place of making sure they get it right before introducing it to the public. This is clearly a drawback and area for improvement in the eyes of most consumers.
You can also look at this as one reason Toyota is known for long-term reliability and dependability. They want to ensure things will go smoothly before we sit in and it and test it and purchase it.
What features would you like to see technology-wise?
A new exterior for next-gen Tundra
Does it feel sometimes like we have been staring at the same body style Toyota Tundra since 2007? In some ways we have. Sure, it has been refreshed over the years and tweaked here and there.
We are ready for something new.
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I expect we will, in the next year or so, start to see glimpses and more spy shots for our new Tundra. Will it have a more streamlined look such as we see in the all-new 2020 Highlander? Will it be chunkier and bulkier and meaner looking? It is all just speculation on my part for now. But it does need to change.
A longer 2022 Toyota Tundra CrewMax
We currently have variations of Tundra Double Cab and CrewMax configurations. You can buy a Double Cab with 6.5’ and 8.1’ bed lengths. You can also find CrewMax its its lone 5.5’ bed choice.
People have been asking for a longer CrewMax variation, and I strongly feel they will get their wish. Rumors have been circling the automotive world that Toyota is tinkering with a CrewMax that will also feature a 6.5’ bed length. You can have amazing rear seat passenger space and also the bed area to do the work you need it to do.
A 2022 Tundra Hybrid
This is a near certainty. Some trim levels of the next-gen Toyota Tundra will be available with a hybrid power plant. This is the way Toyota is going.
By the year 2025, Toyota will produce at least 1 of every 4 vehicles with a hybrid or alternative fuel option.
Truck fans and enthusiasts will need to be confident that a Tundra Hybrid will have the power they need, improved MPG and towing capabilities worthy of the Tundra name.
Time for your thoughts on next-gen Tundra
Can you handle the wait for a new next-gen Tundra? This is the main question we need to ask ourselves first. Then, what are some “wish list” items that you want to see when the shiny brand new next-generation Tundra comes out?
How did my list compare with yours?
Thanks for reading everyone. See you next story when I compare 2020 Toyota RAV4 vs 2020 Honda CR-V.
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