Spied: New 2022 Toyota Tundra Prototype Is Caught Towing a Trailer in Colorado

What's under the hood?

images: Jake Ebert

Here are some new images and video of the next 2022 Toyota Tundra prototype towing a trailer in the Colorado mountains. We have not heard much or seen much on the next-generation Tundra in a few months. Toyota is generally very good at keeping their new vehicles secret before the company is ready to make an official announcement. It’s the same case with the new Tundra.

Huge thanks to Jake Ebert for getting this video and images of the prototype.

2022 Toyota Tundra

The prototype you see here appears to have the same cab as the current generation Tundra. The front and rear of the prototype are camouflaged. Does it mean the next-gen truck will continue to use the same crew cab construction? This is unlikely. This appears to be an older prototype truck that is very similar to what we saw about a year ago. It’s likely testing the latest version of the powertrain.

What’s under the hood? Will the 5.7L V8 stay? There is no official information on this yet, but all rumors point to the new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 in the next Tundra. Toyota and Lexus have been using this turbocharged engine. The current Lexus LS engine produces 416 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque in a RWD orientation. The new 2021 Ford F-150 has its own updated 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with 400 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. If Toyota wants to seriously compete, then the Tundra needs to be close to this power output and have a similar payload and towing capability.

The 2021 Ford F-150 is rated to tow up to 14,000 lbs. The next Tundra may not need to go that high on maximum towing ratings, but it does need to have between 12,000-13,000 lbs of capability in order to be competitive with Ford, GM, Ram, and Nissan.