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Wow: Details Falling into Place for Next-Gen 2022 Toyota Tundra

Everything we know so far about 2022 Tundra. We are in for big surprises.


I feel a little giddy right now as I write this story. You see, I am detailing everything there currently is to know about next-gen Tundra. It is an exciting time because we all want to know as much as possible.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra.

And this “everything” I speak of really is not a lot at all. Toyota is not ready to release full details to the public. Being one of the most close-to-the-vest, hold your cards tightly, do not look behind the curtain corporations in the world keeps things mysterious that way.

However, information has been circulating throughout Toyota social media circles for weeks and months now. We are starting to build a clearer picture of what we will see with 2022 Tundra.

Here is what we think we know so far (in no specific order):

More aggressive exterior styling

Toyota Tundra will have an even tougher stance for 2022. Spy photos taken during Tundra testing show a rugged and prominent front end. Although it looks similar to the current generation, the terms “bold” and “beefier” come to mind.

A Longer Tundra CrewMax

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Camouflaged next-gen Tundra trucks have been spotted while test driving. We can clearly see four full doors like current Tundra CrewMax, but we see a longer bed. Perhaps a 6 ½ foot bed?

Toyota Tundra LED lighting

I have no reason to think this, but it would not surprise me to see standard LED headlights and daytime running lights on every 2022 Toyota Tundra trim level.

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This would follow the precedent set by 2021 4Runner in adding brighter and more modern lighting to the full lineup.

Bird’s Eye view camera

We knew there would be more technology and safety systems than ever before, but there have been visual signs in photos that we may see the Toyota Bird’s Eye View Camera for 2022 Tundra.

This gives drivers a full 360-degree view of their Tundra in front of, along the sides of, behind, and overhead. It would not surprise me to see a setup like Toyota Tacoma with its Multi-Terrain Monitor.

I would want this tech for any full-size truck. Especially in parking lots, at boat launches, and along the trails.

Coil Spring Rear Suspension

Toyota Tundra appears to be swapping out its current leaf spring suspension for coil spring rear suspension. There are a couple generally accepted benefits to this type of vehicle suspension.

First, coil spring provides a smoother ride. This is designed to be flexible and absorb more impact. Expect it to improve ride comfort on even the bumpiest of roads.

Also, coil springs are made to support a great amount of weight. This could help boost current Toyota Tundra towing specs.

I'll Take "Lug Nuts" for $600 Please

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Expect to see 6 lug nuts on each 2022 Tundra wheel for this upcoming generation. Current Tundras come standard with 5 lugs.

Evolving into this 6-lug design should improve both payload and towing capacity. 2021 Tundra currently comes with a 10,200-pound maximum tow capacity.

I would be shocked if this figure does not increase tow ratings dramatically.

Different 2022 Tundra Grille Designs

Look for Toyota to incorporate multiple front grille patterns and designs into its various trim levels.

I would expect to see the Toyota signature grille on at least one 2022 Tundra grade.

Twin Turbo Tundra Engine

There have been no rumors of Toyota sticking with its trusted 5.7-liter V8 engine. That might be gone for good.

We should plan on seeing something like a 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 engine.

A Tundra Hybrid is expected as well. Look for gasoline engine Tundra first followed by Tundra Hybrid a few months later.

New Tundra Transmission

Out with the old and in with the new.

Gone is the 6-speed automatic transmission. The most prevalent talk at the Toyota water cooler is the launch of a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Of course, we could see an 8-speed automatic transmission instead.

Time will tell. Sooner than later, we hope.

Time for your Toyota Tundra comments

What details and specs are you most looking forward to with 2022 Tundra?

Are there any specifications you are hoping to see for sure?

Also, what features do you hope will remain from current 2021 Tundra?

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Kerry Klempnauer (not verified)    April 2, 2021 - 2:09AM

I just hope they don't put super aggressive bolsters on the seats. I am currently truck shopping and the Ford Chevy and Dodge are all too narrow a seat for me. The bolsters feel like to punch me in the kidneys

Harry Lem (not verified)    April 2, 2021 - 6:52AM

Bring back folding rear seats and grab bar on driver side. We had a 2008 Crewmax and the storage was great. Now it’s non existent. Grab bar on drivers side helped with access to the rooftop.

Joe (not verified)    April 2, 2021 - 10:04AM

I really hope you don't need to slam the doors shut like my 2021 tundra crew cab. Very disappointed in the quality

Hugo (not verified)    April 2, 2021 - 3:57PM

Everyone know Toyota makes great cars and trucks but not good looking trucks. Hope Toyota will beautify its trucks and people will buy

Dennis (not verified)    April 2, 2021 - 4:13PM

Hope they bring back the voodoo blue for TRD pro and/or make it available for the highest end version. And hope they have plenty of blackout trim options! I'm already saving for one! Can't wait to see the mpg.

J Heck (not verified)    April 2, 2021 - 5:00PM

Bought mine in 2018 don’t expect I’ll need another. Don’t plan on trading it for another 18 years, at which time I’ll be 88. So this will be my last truck. The new one does look interesting.

Jason Nabbefeld (not verified)    April 2, 2021 - 7:25PM

Improved gas mileage would be nice, will the twin turbo provide that? I love my 2012 Rock Warrior except for the gas mileage.

Jeb (not verified)    April 2, 2021 - 8:33PM

I'd love to see usable storage under the rear seat of the crew max. Makes no sense that the small rear door Tundra has under seat storage but my 4 door Tundra doesn't.

David N (not verified)    August 2, 2021 - 12:10AM

In reply to by Jeb (not verified)

Agreed. That is the main reason I went with a GMC. Need storage for some tools, jack, pump etc. Toyota needs to get out of the office and see how trucks are used in the real world and not just on paper.

Matthew Charle… (not verified)    April 3, 2021 - 2:46AM

It better be magnificent, I had a 2008, and I now have 2015. Nothing different between them. My gas mileage is awful. It has to be better then anything on the market 30+ mpg with towing close to 15k. And options like a Lexus and not just on the 1974 and platinum editions.

JGinNJ (not verified)    April 3, 2021 - 4:45AM

I am in the market for a new truck.
The comments about "more aggressive, bolder" front end scare me off. If anything I want something that is more feminine looking - I don't want to terrorize pedestrians.
I hope they continue with the availability of a rear window that cranks down, making it completely open.
A camera is not a substitute for straight visibility. Especially up front, would like to be able to see over the hood better.
Is it too much to ask for a bench seat in the highest trim levels? Hopefully without a dip in the dashboard to soak up the space in front of a middle seat.
I can tolerate a large TV screen, just so long as the size is big in the width, but the screen is not very tall.

Shawn (not verified)    April 4, 2021 - 1:07AM

In the market end of year also . Don’t ruin this with a twin turbo . So , so expensive to fix . I agree with other comments needs to have 15 k towing and hit that 20/25 MPG . Up front seating needs to be plush and wide. So tired of side of seats pushing into my sides . 360 cameras are great options as well as cooled seats and backrest is a must in AZ. Optional place for an alternate or extra battery for extra power while of the grid would be FANTASTIC . My wish list could go on for ever . Hope to be a owner

Oliver (not verified)    April 5, 2021 - 10:58PM

Just hoping the hybrid if it's real has a no turbo option. Turbo is just another part that breaks or slows down your vehicle. Living in -20C winters turbos just increase idling engine wear in this climate.

Karen Campbell (not verified)    April 6, 2021 - 12:07AM

What I am looking forward to on the 2022 Tundra:

#1 is the hybrid engine!!!
#2 is the lunar rock color
#3 is the 360 view camera to help me with parking front in first
I so hope all this comes through!!!

Curt Fritz (not verified)    April 13, 2021 - 10:05PM

1997 Toy SR5 and 2007 Toy Tundra owner. Upgraded in 2016 to Ford as the 16 Tundra was very underwhelming and well behind the competition (basically it was the same truck).

Hoping the new Tundra can compete, but my guess is they will still be 5 years behind the big 3.

Paul V (not verified)    April 25, 2021 - 10:30AM

In the market, but I really hope they reduce the size of the backseat on the crew max, or at least adjust the size of the rear passenger windows. It seems to dominate the look of the cab in the current crew max Tundra and makes it almost look like a van with a truck bed.

Chief (not verified)    July 22, 2021 - 11:26PM

Gas mileage is the biggest issue. Part of that is the 430 gears. The 5.7 L Hemi gets around 24 mpg. The Tundra should have a gear option. I would go with 373s as a good all around compromise. Other than that, a 6-6.5’ bed on the TRD PRO.