The new Tundra is on the way. The latest reports suggest it will hit the market in the next year and there’s no doubt it will bring a lot of novelties. Expectations from the new model are huge and truckers expect improvements in so many aspects. That’s no wonder, considering that the current generation has been around for a very long time, almost 13 years. We count on a new platform, new styling, new interior design, tech goodies etc. Still, there is one thing that seems more important than any other. Of course, we are talking about the 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid, which is about to be one of the biggest novelties of the upcoming redesign.
At this point, we are still waiting for the official confirmation but according to experts, this powertrain is a certain thing. As we’ve just mentioned, the new model should come next year.
2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Powertrain
Toyota is a master in making hybrid powertrains and there aren’t many carmakers that are able to compete with it these days. Therefore, expectations from the 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid are huge. At this point, we are still waiting or the official details, but many reports suggest a configuration that seems perfectly fine for this occasion. Yes, we are talking about a familiar system, which can be found under the hood of Lexus LS 500h.
It is a system based on a twin-turbo V6 engine, which gets significant help from a couple of electric motors. The total output goes up to 367 horsepower. That’s a quite nice amount of power, but we expect much more from the 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid. According to most reports, this system will get a significant power boost and the max output, in this case, will go all-away up to 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque.
What are the benefits of 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid?
The benefits of such a version will be numerous. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is fuel economy. The current Tundra isn’t particularly great in terms of fuel efficiency. Moreover, it features the lowest mpg ratings in the class. With the new hybrid powertrain, things will drastically change. The new system should provide some pretty impressive mpg ratings and various reports suggest more than 30 mpg in certain conditions (read highway), which is something you can’t get from any other full-size pickup truck at the moment, including diesel versions.
Another thing that comes to mind is towing capacity. If you look at the numbers, there is no doubt that the new 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid will be a highly capable machine. Add to this a fully-framed design and there’s no doubt that the new model will be able to mark some respectable numbers in this class. We expect to see a max towing capacity of around 13.000 pounds, which is the number became a class-standard in the past few years. This seems like a significant improvement over the current model, which can tow up to 10.200 pounds, which are subpar ratings compared to most rivals.
Finally, another thing that plays a vastly important role is the price. We don’t say that the 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid will be cheap, but there’s no doubt it will be much more affordable compared to various electric pickup trucks that are coming these days. Also, the price should be lower compared to some PHEV truck we might see in the future.
V8 Engine Remains
While the new 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid seems like a certain thing, experts are also speculating about alternatives. We have no doubt that this won’t be the only powertrain option in the offer. Moreover, we know that there is still a huge number of drivers that love that old and super-reliable V8 engine. It may be thirsty, but the current 5.7-liter engine is powerful, more reliable and more durable than any other engine in the class. Of course, we would expect a couple of improvements, particularly in terms of fuel economy, though a slight power boost doesn’t sound bad either.
There is room for another engine option, according to many experts. That would be a non-hybrid version of the twin-turbo V6, which seems like a perfect unit for an entry-level model. At this point, more precise details are still unavailable.
2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Release Date
Although many expected to see the new Tundra already this year, we will have to wait for a little bit more. The 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid will come in the second half of 2021 and besides new powertrain, it will bring all other kinds of novelties as well. This includes the new styling, which is still under heavy camouflage. Still, you can check some interesting rendering photos here and make a pickup of what the new truck might look like.