2022 Toyota Tundra to be a “world-beater”, have a hybrid variant

It is not news that the Toyota Tundra undergoes a complete makeover this year. Now, Robby Findlay, Chairman, Toyota National Dealer Advisory Council, has told autonews.com in an interview that the 2022 Toyota Tundra will be a “world-beater.” Findlay’s claim strengthens hopes for revolutionary changes in the 2022 Toyota Tundra. With the model change, Toyota will “really go toe-to-toe with the domestic trucks,” Findlay added.

Last month, YouTube channel TRD JON had posted a clip showing a 2022 Toyota Tundra test mule parked between the Toyota Sienna and Toyota Venza. The spied truck could be the rumored Hybrid variant, and as pointed out from a leak previously, it has vertical tail lamps.

Video Source: youtube.com/TRD JON

In November, pictures of the new Toyota Tundra, possibly the 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid, had leaked from what was presumed as a dealer preview, courtesy pickuptrucktalk.com. The 2022 Toyota Tundra will be the third generation of the Japanese automaker’s full-size pickup. Design changes for the third generation will be significant, aimed at giving the Ford F-150 rival a front end that looks not only aggressive but upmarket.

The same website had posted another photo on its facebook page that clearly revealed a sharp hexagonal grille radiator, sleeker headlamps with tall vertical DRL and horizontal LED fog lamps inside the radiator grille. One of the leaks showed the rear fascia of the 2022 Toyota Tundra with vertical tail lamps that are reminiscent of the Hyundai Palisade and a redesigned tailgate with three clearance lights. The same picture suggests a marker light placed on the wheel arches.

Expect significant changes on the inside including a cleaner center console, an intuitive infotainment system and a larger driver information display. Various new convenience and driver assistance (Toyota Safety Sense) technologies should be part of the full model change and among the expected factory-fitted gizmos is a 360-degree camera system.

Toyota Tundra Hybrid

The next-gen Toyota Tundra would be underpinned by the same platform as the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser, the next-gen Toyota Prado and the 2022 Lexus LX. Developed for body-on-frame vehicles, the ‘TNGA-F’ is internally called ‘F1’. It is reported that the ‘F1’ is not designed for a V8 engine, and the 2022 Toyota Tundra will likely come with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with 450 hp and 500 Lb.-Ft. instead. The Toyota Tundra Hybrid, with an electrified version of 3.5L could offer customers a nice balance of economy and power, delivering an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30 MPG.

Meanwhile TFL Truck is speculating that there could be more than one hybrid variant of the Tundra. A plug-in hybrid is speculated to be part of the variant mix, and if that indeed is the case, the Toyota Tundra Prime would give company to the Prius Prime and RAV4 Prime. While Toyota has said nothing about a Tundra PHEV, it has confirmed that the launch sequence in 2021 includes a plug-in hybrid besides two battery-electric vehicles.

The first-ever Toyota Tundra Hybrid would rival the Ford F-150 Hybrid, and may cost upwards of $40,000. It should go on sale around fall this year.

2022 Toyota Tundra FAQs

What is the 2022 Toyota Tundra release date?

Toyota will likely put the all-new Tundra on sale in late 2021.

Will Toyota offer the 2022 Tundra as a Hybrid?

Toyota is likely to offer a Tundra Hybrid in the U.S. this time with a 3.5L V6 engine.

What will be the 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid price?

Toyota may price the base Tundra Hybrid between $40,000-45,000.