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New front end teased! Next-Gen 2022 Toyota Tundra official images

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This is the new front end for the 2022 Toyota Tundra, and this teaser image is official since it was from Toyota. (Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales)

An all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra is on the way, and as part of the build up, new front end images were teased by the automaker.

In my opinion: So far, so good on the new Tundra.

First unveiled back in 2007 and redone for 2015, the Tundra is poised to be a big change for 2022 with a ground-up redesign, which should make the long-awaited truck much more competitive. Also, a full redesign will make Toyota fans happy (OK, most Toyota fans happy), and it is expected to have some new powertrain changes as well.

2022 Toyota Tundra front end

First, let’s look at the image. We can see a lot going on here from the new tear drop kind of shape for the front headlights, which should be LED or HID lights. Second, there are a lot of lights around the front of the grille with rectangle lights along the bumper (new fog lights maybe?) and what looks to be a light bar embedded in the grille.

Then, you have the orange clearance lights on the hood. These orange marker lights are typically reserved for trucks that are 80 inches wide, and this makes it a commercial vehicle designation. However, it has become trendy for off-road 1/2-ton trucks to have them as well.

Our guess is this image is for the TRD PRO version of the Tundra, which would be a Raptor and TRX competitor — and both of those trucks have marker lights.

2022 Toyota Tundra engines

One of the biggest rumors for the new truck has to do with engine options. While early news pointed to a diesel engine, lately the rumor mill has talked about a twin-turbo 3.5-liter engine with a hybrid electric starter and battery setup. This is basically the same idea Ford uses with its PowerBoost system on the 2021 F-150.

The idea is you get lots of torque at 570 pound-feet for the Ford as well as better fuel economy (in the mid-20s range). About the only thing you give up is the exhaust note of the naturally aspirated V-8 as well as a tradeoff with a more complex engine.

We remain one of the few outlets that thinks Toyota will still offer a V-8 engine, since doing without it would mean they would be the only full-size manufacturer without a V-8 — something even Ford can’t do without. While the days of a V-8 are numbered, the timing doesn’t seem quite right to us.

Other changes

As far as the rest of the truck is concerned, you can expect to see big changes for the interior, a new rear suspension setup with coil springs and new technology throughout the truck as well as the latest safety equipment.

We also expect Toyota to keep its current lineup of trims and likely expand the number of trucks it builds now that the Toyota Tacoma is being built exclusively in Mexico.

Lastly, there is some talk of a crew cab truck with a 6.5-foot bed, and this seems likely since there are no capacity issues anymore.

The bottom line on the 2022 Toyota Tundra

A new Toyota Tundra is a big deal for many truck buyers who put reliability above all else. While Toyota remains a small player in the U.S. truck market, it has a very loyal following, and we expect this to continue with the new truck.

It is our thought that we will drive this new truck the first week of June 2021, and details will follow quickly afterward.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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