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2022 Toyota Tundra Leak Reveals Chiseled 2021 Ford F-150 Rival

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The 2022 Toyota Tundra has been a long time coming, as the Japanese automaker hasn’t exactly had a full-size light-duty pickup that could credibly go toe-to-toe with the 2021 Ford F-150 since the late 2000s. While the current generation model isn’t exactly uncompetitive, it lacks certain features that make the Ford F-150 an easy choice for those looking for cutting edge technology in their trucks. And now, pictures of a non-TRD Pro model that were leaked to us show the redesigned model appearing quite svelte and very similar to its smaller sibling, the 2022 Toyota Tundra.

2022 Toyota Tundra

As Ford Authority previously reported, the 2022 Toyota Tundra reveal has been an extremely long and drawn out affair, with the company seemingly content on throwing out tiny morsels of information to the world, be it images revealing very little or posts that hyper focus on one specific feature. So far, no powertrain details have surfaced, but the company did make public a photo of its engine bay, which showed a cover emblazoned with an “iForce Max” badge. The current model features a 5.7L iForce V8 powerplant, good for 381 horsepower and 401 pound-feet of torque. That output compares unfavorably to the Ford 5.0L Coyote V8, which is newer, more efficient, and slightly more powerful in its current form, as it churns out a healthy 400 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque.

The most concrete information we currently have about the 2022 Toyota Tundra is related to the TRD Pro model, which is slated to receive an all-new coil spring suspension out back. That is a significant departure from the past, and if the new setup is limited to that specific trim level, it would mean Toyota followed a similar path to what The Blue Oval did with the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor, as the company ditched the traditional rear leaf spring suspension configuration for coil springs to give it better articulation during off-road excursions.

Unsurprisingly, Toyota opted to modernize the Tundra’s interior too, and as this new image highlights, the full-size pickup is set to receive a large touchscreen not unlike the units that Ford decided to equip on the 2021 Ford F-150. That said, the company is expected to carry over some popular features that make the Tundra stand out in the segment, like the full-width sliding rear window, a feature that has been a Tundra staple for quite some time and one that is not found on its primary competitors, including the Ford F-150.

Full-Size Pickup Truck Sales - H1 2021 - USA

MODEL Q2 21 SHARE Q2 20 SHARE YTD 21 / YTD 20 YTD 21 YTD 20
CHEVROLET SILVERADO 28% 24% +9.04% 291,322 267,166
RAM RAM PICKUP 27% 23% +27.13% 313,068 246,253
FORD F-SERIES 26% 36% -1.46% 362,032 367,387
GMC SIERRA 13% 11% +29.56% 138,412 106,833
TOYOTA TUNDRA 4% 5% -10.26% 43,865 48,880
NISSAN TITAN 2% 1% +45.75% 17,776 12,196
TOTAL +11.23% 1,166,475 1,048,715

Unlike most other segments, Toyota badly trails Ford when it comes to its full-size pickup sales. Elsewhere, the Japanese automaker currently holds an advantage over its American rival. For example, the 2021 Toyota Rav4 and Tacoma are handily outselling the 2021 Ford Escape and 2021 Ford Ranger, respectively, although the latter vehicle has made inroads into the mid-size truck segment as of late. Additionally, the Toyota Highlander tends to beat the Ford Explorer in retail sales on a regular basis. And that’s to say nothing of their passenger car lineup, which almost certainly was a mitigating factor towards the demise of Ford’s own sedan lineup over the past several years.

2022 Toyota Tundra

In any event, we’ll be keeping tabs on Toyota’s extremely long and drawn-out drip feed of information on the 2022 Toyota Tundra. The company is going to have a hard time rivaling the likes of the 2021 Ford F-150 Tremor and Raptor, not to mention the 2022 F-150 Lightning. That said, Toyota has remained a relentless thorn in Ford’s backside for decades, so this fight is bound to produce some major fireworks.

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Comments

  1. John17055

    Toyota will eventually bring out a new truck, then leave it unchanged for 15 years. Ford sells almost 10 times as many trucks,

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    1. Captain Picard

      Because Ford has a lot of products in their truck range and they sell commerical also? Common sense.

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  2. Barf

    Looks like a pile of feces.

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    1. Captain Picard

      Your name suggest you like those type of things.

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  3. NCEcoBoost

    This redo will actually hurt Toyota sales and help others because that is one ugly truck. I could stomach the current one but not this new one. And I’m a Toyota (and Ford) fan.

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    1. Captain Picard

      How sad?

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  4. Stalkbroker94

    I am genuinely relieved. Seems the same moron that did design for GM got hired on for Toyota. There’s a lot of stuff going on, but it’s not cohesive and doesn’t lead towards anything. It’s like the visual version of throwing a Hellcat engine into things to distract your customers into thinking you’ve done something.

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    1. Captain Picard

      And it is going to last longer than any ford.

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      1. Stalkbroker94

        Turns out, Toyota reliability is among the most exaggerated in the industry. If current Tundra engines are anything to go by, reliability isn’t actually all that great. It’s not poor, but it’s not much above average. It’s something Toyota spends a LOT on anually to keep on the down-low.

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  5. a face only a mother….nope, not even a mom can love that face

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  6. Ant Farm

    I get it, Toyota is trying to stand out I will wait to see it in person before I judge the looks.

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  7. Steve

    What I can’t understand is the Nissan numbers. I think this sales study is way off. There is no way you can convince me that REAL truck people would spend more the 5 bucks for a Nissan pick up. That is, hand down, the ugliest most disgusting looking truck ever to have rolled off the line.

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    1. The Gentle Grizzly

      Maybe at least some truck buyers aren’t looking for pretty. And, in these times of car lots that are bereft of inventory, Joe Carpenter, or Mike Plumber, or Jane Painter needs a pickup to replace the one that was stolen, burned up in a fire, crashed, or failed an annual inspection due to frame rot. At that point, vanity doesn’t enter into things nearly as much as what can be had NOW.

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  8. The Gentle Grizzly

    Let’s see: a size-queen grille; a hood so flat and high that one can’t see what is close in front; an interior with a chest-freezer-size, knee-room-robbing console; a dashboard with eleventy-two nooks, crannies, creases, corners, and ledges to attract and retain dust… Yep, a truly practical, well thought out truck. Just like their Detroit counterparts. Monkey see, monkey do.

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    1. Mike Stefanovich

      As always it will be better quality than anything Ford has ever built.

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      1. The Gentle Grizzly

        Because it says “Toyota” on the badge?

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    2. Scott

      So, in your opinion, what is a good half ton truck? You don’t like domestics and you don’t like Toyota? Maybe you’re a Titan guy?

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      1. The Gentle Grizzly

        Me? I am not a FAN of any of them anymore.

        Every single one of them, without exception, has these ridiculous high hood-lines, obstructing near forward vision. That is both a safety consideration in school zones, and a manoeuverability (or however one spells “manooverability”) at construction sites and close turns into alleys and the like.

        They are all trending to cramped, passenger-car style interiors with tens of poorly-marked buttons, or depend on the touch screen to do something as simple as change fan speeds. Gew-gaws like folding shift handles in the console are especially silly, and I am pointing squarely at Ford for this one. “But, that’s to give room for a portable desk!” How about put the shifter back on the column, or use the on-dash handle originated in the 1955 MoPars, and used later in several MoPar and Japanese vans? Or, a dial like my Pacifica has, that anyone with any manual dexterity at all can master on about 5 seconds. No… gotta have needless complexity for the sake of it.

        Now. If I “had my d’ruthers”, the GM series that included the ’92 would be my choice, as long as it is late enough to not have the “Spanish fan” gauge pointers, but instead used regular pointers like in the ’92. Or, at the latest, the truck series from which the 2001 came.

        If I REALLY had my d’ruthers, a gen 2 Dakota with today’s drive train and brakes would fit my requirements to a T.

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        1. shawn

          well i would suggest for you a F150 Regular cab XL. 3 seats up front, gear selector on the steering column, knobs and buttons for your HVAC, and no gimmicky gear shift, weighs 31 pounds less than your revered 2001 chevy and has many more safety features, like back up camera so you don’t run over some childs toy that was left right behind you truck where mirrors cant see it, and it’s 29,290 vs 18,300 of same chevy(adjusted for inflation is 28,209).
          Grizzly, your truck is still available today brand new!

          https://www.in2013dollars.com/us/inflation/2001?amount=18300

          https://shop.ford.com/build/f150/#/config/Config%5B%7CFord%7CF-150%7C2021%7C1%7C1.%7C100A.F1C..YZ…XL.RCAB.RETAIL.SS6.%5D

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          1. The Gentle Grizzly

            I would consider Ford, but for the FACT the local dealers are horrible. One of them sees me as some rube who even long before Covid theater and the chips shortage, quoted “adjusted market value” pricing and $300 for nitrogen tire fill.

            Another dealer just refused to even greet me and offer assistance.

            The third one I was just plain warned away by three neighbors with Fords.

            The one dealer with a good reputation closed the doors last year.

            My “revered” 2001? No, not “revered”. I just liked it because it was trouble-free and did the job for which it was purchased.

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        2. Ryan

          The biggest driver of the tall hood is the cooling packages for the larger and larger engines. Yeah they could tone down the styling and I certainly wouldn’t mind but as the horsepower and tow ratings continue to increase, gotta keep increasing the size of the cooling package as well.

          I can’t see squat over the hood of my 2020 F250, but I also just hauled a car through the mountains in New Mexico in 100 degree weather and the transmission/engine temp needles never moved. There’s design tradeoffs for everything.

          And as Shawn said, a basic truck is still available. Mine is column shifter, bench seat, no touch screen, manual HVAC controls, pretty standard truck.

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          1. The Gentle Grizzly

            And, I towed a car trailer from Henderson NV, via Salt Lake and onward to eastern TN in 2017 with a 2016 Tahoe that one COULD see over the hood just fine. Temperature? Went up somewhat on the long climbs but never anywhere near the red marks, and it performed flawlessly. The tall hoodlines are not for cooling allowance; it is a style gimmick as useful as tail fins in the 1950s.

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          2. Ryan Fletche

            a 2016 Tahoe was rated at 355 HP. A 6.7 Powerstroke is rated at 475. That’s 33% more horsepower, plus you have an intercooler and such.

            Even a 1500 Silverado can be had with 420 HP. Bigger engine means you gotta keep it cool. It’s not like you open the hood on new trucks and there’s just empty space behind the grill, it’s full.

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  9. Roy Chile’s

    Toyota know UGLY well

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  10. Gary B kempf

    Could they make the front grill any larger? It does look as though they hired the GM designer. One ugly truck!

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    1. The Gentle Grizzly

      That is the styling trend now. Hugh, high grilles, and pool-table-level hoods. You can’t see over them for near vision, they have the aerodynamics of a concrete block unless they add complex things like air dams and other “stuff”.

      The benefit? The truck buyer can present he’s driving a “big rig”.

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      1. Captain Picard

        You want power, you want efficiency then you have to get a bigger hood to replace that old clunky v8. The older Tundra had a big grill too. This one is just painted to the base. In newer trucks you sit higher so you see over the hood so your “looking over the hood” is incorrect.

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  11. JW

    Looks like a real truck.
    Besides it’s how well it’s built
    Toyota will out last any of them

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  12. Danny

    The difference between ford and toyota is 1 the tundra has won every reliability award there is to win on the planet and 2 toyota sells every truck they make vs ford who doesn’t. Ford will never even be close to competition for toyota…. lol

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    1. Roy Chile’s

      Your kidding right? Toyota builds 250k Tundras a year, FORD build and sells over 800k F150 a year 🤣

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      1. Gary B kempf

        Not only that, I’ll bet my 2004 f150 supercab which has worked hard for me coming up on 18 years now ! I’ve spent less for repairs then Toyota owners over th same period.

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  13. GuzGassler

    It looks even worse than last gen, and it is probably even more egregiously priced than the last Tundra. What’s next, they get rid of the V8 and replace it with something that gets even more abysmal gas mileage

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    1. Captain Picard

      You mean better gas mileage? There will be a hybrid powertrain and twin turbo V6. V8s are dying already.

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      1. Stalkbroker94

        Wow, Toyota is so inventive. I wish someone else had come up with a twin-turbo charged V6 that also came as a Hybrid, optionally. Who cares if Toyota cultists the world over mocked it when Ford did it, it’s apparently genius now.

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  14. Jim

    That Thing is hideous and won’t come close to the F-series. It’s as ugly as the chevy trucks!

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    1. Captain Picard

      And the F-series are beautiful…no thanks

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  15. Chuck Jonkle

    Photoshop.. Stretched hood. Fake looking out of focus headlights and a gas cap that’s molded into the bed flare? No way that’s real..

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    1. Dan Stark

      This is the actual 2022 Tundra. It’s real.

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      1. Chuck Jonkle

        Where did the pics come from? An anonymous Ford fan? lol… I’ll believe it when it’s revealed. Until then, it’s all internet magic.

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  16. Derek

    100% Ford is the best !

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