The all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra has a new composite bed. At a recent Toyota dealership meeting, Toyota demonstrated the strength of the new Tundra’s bed by dropping an engine from a crane into the truck’s bed. You can watch this demo in the video below.
This video comes to us courtesy of Milo Marcus on Youtube.
It’s unclear how much the engine and the wooden pallet weigh. The video title suggests that the engine weight is 500 lbs. This cannot be verified at this time. It appears that the crane drops this heavy pallet into the bed of the truck from a distance of around 12-15 feet. The truck’s suspension squats during the impact, but quickly rebounds and settles.
This video does not show the aftermath of this demonstration.
The 2022 Tundra has a maximum payload capacity of 1,940 lbs for a base double-cab 2WD model. A crew cab with options will have a lower payload rating. A 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro hybrid that we did a video with had a payload rating of 1,455 lbs. The GVWR of a 2022 Tundra i-FORCE MAX hybrid is 7,660 lbs.
The new Tundra’s bed is made of the latest generation of the Sheet Molded Compound (SMC) composite material. This is the next iteration of the composite bed that is also available in the current Toyota Tacoma. Toyota says that this composite bed is better than steel or an aluminum bed because it resists punctures, is relatively lightweight, and does not corrode.
The 2022 Tundra will offer truck configurations with 5.5-foot, 6.5-foot, and 8.1-foot bed lengths. All these bed lengths are made of a one-piece molded composite material.