Take a look at this exclusive 2022 Toyota Tundra prototype hunting video. Our very own Roman Mica captures these new Tundra prototypes towing trailers in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. By itself, that is not that remarkable, but these Tundra test trucks appear to be benchmarking against a late-model Lincoln Navigator and a Ford F-150 Hybrid.
It makes sense that Toyota would compare the new Tundra Limited and/or Tundra TRD Pro trucks to an F-150 PowerBoost hybrid. Toyota is rumored to offer a hybrid twin-turbo V6 powertrain in the upcoming new Tundra. One big question still remains. Why is the Lincoln Navigator in this group of test vehicles?
We have a couple of theories…
First up, the Lincoln Navigator is using a high-output 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with 450 horsepower that is also available in the Ford F-150 Raptor. Toyota may be benchmarking the Navigator to compare the power and driveability instead of the Raptor to be a little more discreet. Also, the 2022 Tundra is likely to offer an even more luxurious interior – so the nice interior in the Navigator could lead to more noise, vibrations, and harshness comparisons.
The second theory is that these Tundra test trucks may be using an independent rear suspension from the upcoming next-generation Toyota Sequoia and/or Lexus LX. Thus – this comparison against the Navigator can be directed more towards the SUV versions of the trucks.