2022 Toyota Tundra spied with big design changes in the making
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It's been over a year since we tested the next generation Toyota Tundra pickup, but that is changing today. New spy footage shows the big truck walking around in a thick layer of camouflage and disguise.
Just like the first time we discovered a next-generation tundra, these come with skirts, brushes, and other materials to block out the rear suspension. But the big news is that something completely new and different looks under cover. Both times we had spied the tundra before, it was still the same cab and the same truck underneath. Toyota didn't even bother covering the doors. This truck looks completely different, with a new cabin design, a completely different front end, massively different mirrors and new elements that you can think about anywhere.
These photos make it look really gigantic, with tall, plate-like shapes, massive back doors, and everything that has been enlarged. It looks like it will hold up better with major American competition than the current truck, which must be exactly what Toyota is aiming for. The gently sloping front hood is much flatter and ends abruptly. There are fewer angles at the back of the cabin than before to meet the bed. The front overhang still looks short, but it may be a little longer than the previous truck. Many of the covers hide the finer details, but there is no reason to confuse these with the old tundra.
The grille size seems to fit the current truck crowd. We can see through the camouflage here, and Toyota appears to be hiding large horizontal slats underneath. The headlights look like LEDs at this point, but are under deep cover. However, this lets us know that the truck is nearing start time.
We can't see any tire sizes, but this truck's wheels are massive. You can get 20-inch wheels on the current Tundra, but Toyota could push the frame for a more luxurious model to compete with the fleet of luxury trucks that Ford, Ram and GM sell.
None of the drivetrain rumors have changed recently. We still expect this truck to be equipped with a 3.5 liter twin turbo V6 hybrid. That would immediately catapult the Tundra into battle with the others and would also be a great competitor to the new F-150 PowerBoost.
We still don't know when the new Tundra will hit the market, but at this rate we see a potential model year 2022. Let's hope it comes soon because the current Tundra is really stretching its legs in longevity at this point.
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