Here is another look at the next-generation 2022 Toyota Tundra prototype truck. It shows a bit more headlight detail and what appears to be a thin light bar mounted in the front bumper. This crew cab prototype also looks large on a street near Pittsburgh.
Big thanks to Joe @GoldenPlatipus for sending us this image.
Joe says that this particular prototype was also closely followed by a Ford F-150. Presumably, Toyota is testing the all-new Tundra and comparing its performance to the Ford truck. Manufacturers often use competitor’s vehicles during development and testing, in order to get accurate real-world comparisons.
Which power plant may be lurking under the hood of this prototype? Many rumors suggest it’s a version of Toyota’s latest 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine. It may be a standalone turbo-V6 or a combination of this engine with a hybrid-electric system. The maximum power output for the top-of-the-line hybrid V6 is rumored to be between 450 – 500 horsepower.
The recent debut of the Lexus IS 500 F Performance and its 5.0-liter gas V8 (with 472 horsepower) sparked new rumors that Toyota may put a version of this V8 engine in the new Tundra as well. We will have to wait and see what Toyota will actually offer in the end.
While the prototype that was captured in Pittsburgh appears to have standard side mirrors, other such prototypes have been seen with unique towing side mirrors with wider reach. Toyota may be putting a stronger emphasis on payload and maximum towing capability.
Take a look at footage of this Tundra prototype towing a trailer in the Rocky Mountains.