2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid – In September 2021, the highly anticipated 2022 Toyota Tundra was unveiled at its world premiere at Plano, Texas’ North American headquarters. The MY2022 update to Toyota’s Ford F-150 rival is its first major redesign in 15 years.
2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Redesign
The new 2022 Toyota Tundra is packed with design improvements that make the pickup almost unrecognizable. The Tundra’s front end has a more rugged and high-tech appearance. The design highlights include a sleek, LED headlamp with a T-shaped LED RTL, a hexagonal grille with large honeycomb openings, two horizontal LED fog light, a chunkier bumper and a muscular hood. The sides have a new look. They feature a modern greenhouse, enlarged wheel arches, and stylish door panels that have a deeper recess at the bottom. Regular variants get a Tundra badge on their front doors, and two-tone alloy wheels. The 2021 model has five lug nuts while the 2022 model has six. This change could be related to the increased payload and towing capability. We’ll get to this later.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is more rugged with a dominant front-end featuring “Toyota”, in block letters, a large central LED light bar and three clearance lights. The hood features more aggressive styling thanks to the black TRD Pro plates. The TRD Pro version’s unique side features include the marker lights on the fenders, and the rugged tube steps. This specification includes 18-inch BBS forged tires (with a red TRD logo, a ring and a red ring), wrapped in wider 285/65 R18 Falken Wildpeak /T3W tires. The second-gen Tundra TRD Pro’s 285/65 R18 tires are a reference. The 2022 Tundra’s width is indicated by the three markers lights located above the grille. NHTSA regulations require that vehicles of 80 inches or greater in width must have front identification lamps to indicate that they are wide.
The interior of the 2022 Toyota Tundra feels more luxurious. Calty’s Toyota Tundra designers have adopted a horizontal layout theme. They also integrated the dashboard with the center console. The central console design is simpler but more practical. It retains essential functions such as volume adjustment and climate control. Higher trims have a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, while lower trims get a semi-analog cluster with a 4.2 inch MID. Optional features include a 10-inch head-up display.
The interior of the 2022 Tundra Limited is shown in the first photo, while the interior of the 2022 Tundra Gold is shown in the second. The cabin also features a 14-inch Audio Multimedia touchscreen infotainment screen with wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility and wireless Android Auto compatibility. It can respond to Hello/Hi/OK Toyota wake-up phrases and save profiles. The new central display is larger and offers a better view angle for the driver, as it is less slanted. The lower trims have an 8-inch Audio Multimedia touchscreen infotainment screen instead. The 2022 Tundra has a mobile phone holder/cum-charger located on the right side gearshift lever. It is smaller than the 2021 Tundra. This wireless charger conforms to the Qi standard and supports all Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone smartphones.
The 2022 Tundra’s main comfort features include a panoramic roof, heated steering wheels, heated and ventilated seating, rear sunshade, and power sliding rear windows. The large pickup can be parked easily with the 360-degree camera system. The 2022 Tundra features large vertical AC vents rather than the smaller circular ones. It has a large A-pillar driver-side grab hand, which is a big improvement over the 2021 Tundra. This would be a great feature for drivers who want to drive off the road. Toyota has also fitted an A-pillar grab handle to the passenger side, but this is not a new feature.
In the interests of ride comfort, the 2022 Tundra features a new rear suspension. Toyota offers it with a multilink suspension with coil springs, instead of a leaf spring suspension. The 2022 Tundra TRD Pro has a higher ground clearance thanks to Fox dampers and a red Anti-Roll Bar. The TRD Pro variant also includes a TRD-branded front skidplate. The Toyota Tundra was able to move from its TripleTech frame. It had previously been equipped with fully-boxed rails on the front, reinforced C-channels under the cab and an open C channel beneath the bed. It now has a fully-boxed frame which has significantly improved rigidity. The full-size pickup’s rear frame member has been widened to improve stability and towing capabilities.
The Toyota Tundra Hybrid is the first Toyota Tundra model. The new i-Force Max powertrain pairs a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline engine with an electrical motor to create the electrified version. The hybrid powertrain generates 437 horsepower and 583 pounds-feet of torque. The power is channeled to the wheels by a 10-speed automatic transmission. The motor draws its power from the 288-volt Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery under the rear passenger’s seats. The motor delivers most of its power at low engine speeds. The engine will continue to operate even if the pickup speeds exceed 18 mph.
Toyota has no plans to introduce a Tundra diesel, as it did before. According to Toyota, the Tundra Hybrid is a good choice for potential diesel customers. Mike Sweers (the Tundra’s executive chief engineering) told Driving.ca he loves diesel engines, and that he would have preferred the lineup to include one. After the diesel gate scandal at Volkswagen Group, certification of a diesel engine in North America can take three years. Sweers stated that the hybrid engine, which isn’t from Lexus, provides a quicker response than a diesel engine.
Customers could enjoy a great balance between economy and power with the 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid, which is estimated to deliver an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of around 30 MPG. The official fuel economy figures and company estimates aren’t yet available. The maximum payload capacity of the third-generation Tundra is 1,940 pounds. This is an increase of over 11% over its predecessor. The new model’s maximum towing capacity is 12,000 pounds. This is 17.6% more than the second-gen Tundra. Motor Trend points out that this is not possible in the hybrid version. The hybrid variant’s maximum towing weight is 11,450 pounds. The Tundra Hybrid is one of the most refined Tundra models. Motor1 tested it and said that it feels more like a hybrid pickup than a gasoline one. However, it has plenty of torque and delivers smoother, quicker inputs than the gasoline version. It is quiet and provides a pleasant driving experience. Regenerative braking increases the stopping power of the discs, but that’s the only problem. Motor Trend’s review of the hybrid model found that it doesn’t have 48 horsepower or 104 lb-ft more torque. However, this does not make it significantly more powerful. For tech enthusiasts, the absence of graphics that display power flow and energy regeneration may be a problem. The inability to access an EV mode is a serious problem, even though Toyota likely figured that it wouldn’t be much of any use to customers driving every day.
2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Release Date & Price
The Toyota Tundra continues to roll out from the San Antonio (Texas), plant in the U.S. Toyota has announced that it has begun manufacturing the new Tundra there, with a production capacity of 208,000 vehicles annually. The Toyota Tundra Hybrid starts at USD 52.300 and can go up to USD 73.530. There are five variants available in 14 configurations. Customers can choose from RWD or 4WD depending on the length of their payload. The prices listed below have been released by the manufacturer. They do not include shipping, processing or handling fees.
Base Limited Crewmax variant is priced at USD 52,300 and comes with a standard 5.5-foot bed. Customers will pay USD 3,000 for 4WD, and USD 330 to get a 6.5-footbed. The Capstone and TRD Pro are both feature-rich models. The Capstone comes with off-road equipment such as an electronically controlled locking rear differential, multiple terrain modes, all-terrain wheels, Fox shocks and suspension lift. The Capstone also features self-leveling rear suspension and 22-inch wheels, as well as power running boards, acoustic glasses, and premium interior trim.
Toyota has taken steps to prevent production setbacks on the 2022 Tundra. However, customers might have to wait a while to receive their deliveries. According to a CarsDirect report, the wait time for 2022 Tundra deliveries in California could be as long as four months. TRD Pro is the most available variant. Some customers might even decide to purchase the next model year (MY2023) Tundra TRD Pro.
Toyota announced that the hybrid version will be available in Spring 2022, as part of its production commencement announcement. Below are the 2022 Tundra colors:
- Super White
- Wind Chill Pearl
- Magnetic Gray Metallic
- Celestial Silver Metallic
- Midnight Black Metallic
- Super Sonic Red
- Army Green
- Lunar Rock
- Smoked Mesquite (Limited Edition and 1794)
- Solar Octane (TRD Pro exclusive).
The U.S. sales of the Toyota Tundra saw a 24.9% decline in 2021. This could be due to a limited supply of the truck, a shortage of semiconductor chips, or the anticipation of the redesign. In 2020, Toyota sold 109,203 units, but it was only able to sell 81,959 in 2021. The Tundra could have a better year in 2022 with the new model now on sale and expected to be widely available in the next months.