It may not have a place in American jargon like the Ford F-150 or Chevy pickups, which have been featured in iconic songs and are two of the best-selling vehicles in the country.
But since its launch in 1999, the Toyota Tundra has cemented its position among the most reliable vehicles in the business, most recently being placed as the highest quality new full-size pickup in the 2021 JD Power Initial Quality Study.
Toyota on Sunday night unveiled an overhauled version of the Tundra, which is set to hit dealerships later this year as a 2022 model.
The 2022 Tundra comes with a standard 3.5-litre, twin-turbocharged, 6-cylinder engine that generates up to 389 horsepower. An upgraded powertrain generates up to 437 horsepower. Each will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
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The 8-cylinder engine available on the 2021 model will no longer be offered. Automakers are increasingly reducing cylinders in engine configurations as smaller engines become more efficient.
The company said it would release pricing details at a later date. The 2021 Tundra starts at $38,420.
Maximum towing capacity on the 2022 Tundra is 12,000 pounds, an 18 percent increase over the previous generation. Top payload capacity is 1,940 pounds, up 11 percent.
The vehicle comes in several different bed lengths, including 5.5 feet, 6.5 and 8.1.
A 14-inch touchscreen is available as an upgrade, continuing the trend of automakers installing bigger and bigger screens in their vehicles. The automaker also said that it has developed a new audio system to debut in the Tundra.
Safety features include a “Multi-Terrain Monitor” available to “allow the driver to check the immediate surroundings for potential obstacles, one for front-, rear- and side-camera views on the bus display.” Pressing the button,” Toyota said. .
A “panoramic view monitor” will use the cameras “to display a top-down view of the truck on a 14-inch monitor available for added visibility.”
The vehicle will be assembled at Toyota’s plant in San Antonio, Texas. Engineers and designers in California and Michigan collaborated on its design.
Tundra sales fell 2.2% to 109,203 in 2020. This is compared with the Ford F-Series selling 787,422 units, which includes the F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado selling 594,094.
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