Toyota releases teaser of its gigantic-looking all-new 2022 Tundra pickup

Jun 30, 2021

Toyota has teased an image of an all-new Tundra that’s coming for 2022, and while it’s pretty hazy and with nothing alongside it for scale, it seems like this automaker is not going to be the one to start a trend toward smaller full-size pickups.

It looks big, and given the trend toward truck supersizing, we expect this new Tundra to keep pace with its large competitors from Ford, GM, and Ram.

In the 2022 Toyota Tundra teaser – try saying that fast five times – the truck has a centre light in its grille, L-shaped headlamps and LED running lights, and what appear to be amber clearance lights. Toyota says it’s an all-new, next-generation truck that’s “reengineered with uncompromising power and loaded with advanced tech,” and that “this body-on-frame beast is eager to hit the road roaring.”

It’s been a long time coming, since the Tundra has only had basic updates since 2007. Its configurations have been slimmed down recently, and for 2021, it’s available only in Double Cab or CrewMax, and in 4×4 only (in the U.S., it also comes in 4×2).

It comes strictly with a 5.7L V8 engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and while it makes 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, and can tow up to 9,700 lbs, it’s also rated at a thirsty 16.3 L/100 km in combined driving. Unique among truck manufacturers right now, Toyota’s the only one where its midsize model outsells its full-size truck; in the first quarter of 2021, Canadians bought 2,475 Tacomas, but only 1,548 copies of the Tundra.

We don’t know anything about what will be under the hood, but earlier this year when it released a new battery-powered concept SUV, Toyota said it “plans on bringing electrification to its truck lineup, including hybrid and BEV (battery electric vehicle) powertrains,” so we’re guessing the new Tundra is going to be part of that. We’ve also heard speculation that a turbocharged V6 will be part of the mix, too.


Toyota will be the only Japanese automaker with a full-size pickup in Canada, as Nissan has announced it will discontinue selling the Titan here at the end of its 2021 model year. All Tundras are built at Toyota’s plant in San Antonio, Texas. That plant also builds some configurations of the Tacoma, but later in 2021, all production of that midsize truck will move to two plants in Mexico.