Pandemic or not pandemic, the demand for vans is constantly increasing. The only thing hindering sales is the global shortage of semiconductor chips. In many ways, the conditions are ideal for Toyota to take this segment by its horns by unveiling the all-new Tundra. The Japanese automaker has revealed the specs, different finishes and new features, but unfortunately they’ve kept the price close to their chest and will unveil it in December of this year. The Tundra had its fair share of success and was one of the top 10 trucks in the country, but after whipping it for 14 years it caught up with it and as a result it failed to compete. with the big three – Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 – in terms of fuel efficiency and capacity. Toyota is famous around the world for its quality, durability and reliability and the third generation Tundra looks to add performance, comfort and technology and shake up that pickup truck shaft.
More than your regular workaholic
Toyota is not in the pickup truck business to make workaholic vehicles, absolutely not. The Japanese giant wants to bring a lifestyle element to this segment. Speaking to The Drive, Tundra chief engineer Mike Sweers explained that just because it’s a truck doesn’t mean he has to drive like a truck. He believes that the customers targeted by Toyota are not in the transportation industry but want to pursue their passion and tow jet skis, cycles, motorcycles and other sports lifestyle vehicles and just live their life. This is the reason why the Tundra has a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 pounds, which is 17.6% more than the previous generation, but it’s less than the competition like the Ram 1500 capable of hauling 12,750 pounds. , the Silverado 1500 goes one step further with 13,300 pounds. pounds and the most successful truck in the segment, the F-150 flexes a towing capacity of 14,000 pounds.
Focusing on next-generation truck buyers, Toyota has improved the Tundra’s capabilities and driving dynamics by introducing a new multi-link rear suspension, with coil springs, and not the proven leaf springs. By changing the setup, the Tundra has better handling, is nimble in turns and offers measured body roll. Traditional leaf springs would only provide a comfortable ride when the payload capacity is loaded, otherwise the truck will wallow. Now, with the coil springs, the Tundra will deliver a smooth ride at all times. This is the reason Ford improved the springs of the F-150 and the Ram 1500 comes with a multi-link rear suspension. To further improve straight-line stability and high-speed driving, the Tundra receives a new double-wishbone front suspension.
What would a Toyota muscle truck be without the famous TRD packages? The Tundra TRD Pro trim features Fox shocks designed to deliver the best ride, whether on tarmac, sand, gravel or mountain, as well as 18-inch all-terrain tires. It also comes with a new front stabilizer bar and aluminum front skid plate as well as additional underbody protection. The new chassis also comes with electronically adjustable shocks or, as Toyota calls them, an Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) system designed to automatically adapt to road conditions.
A pair of powerful V6s
It might seem like a sacrilege to many, but the Tundra is the only full-size truck that doesn’t offer a massive V8 or a diesel option. Does that mean Toyota has taken one step forward and two steps back? Let’s not judge the engine only by its displacement. What will surprise many is that at the entry level, the 3.5-liter V6 puts out an impressive 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, which not only makes it more powerful than the group. Outgoing V8 powerplant, but also the best in its class. Closest is the Silverado with 310 hp and 420 lb-ft, while the Ram 1500 is a bit lower at 305 hp and lacks torque with 269 lb-ft and the Ford rounds off with just 290 hp and 265 lb-ft. . pi.
Since Toyota does not offer a mid-range engine, we’ll move on to the high-end versions right away to see how the Tundra performs. For starters, the Japanese giant redefined the hybrid engine into a powerful and conquering beast, making it the leader in this class of pickup trucks. The i-Force Max has the same displacement of the 3.5-liter V6, but gets an additional 48 hp and 104 lb-ft of thrust from the electric motor, pushing total power to 437 hp at 5,200 rpm and a impressive torque of 583 lb-ft. With numbers like that, only the F-150 can overshadow the Toyota pickup by delivering 430 horsepower and 570 lb-ft of torque. The i-Force Max powertrain comes with Sport and Sport + for impressive acceleration and a tow / haul mode for the extra torque.
TRD Pro models come standard with a 4WD system as well as off-road options and Multi-Terrain Select settings to control wheel slip in various difficult conditions.
The all-new Tundra 2022 appears to be leaning more towards sustainability, which will delight EV customers.
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