Toyota’s latest design and technology have arrived in the marketplace with the all-new 2022 Tundra. It boasts many new features - and terminologies - to curb competition and stoke your buying excitement. Here’s a brief glossary of important terms and phrases to get you up to speed on everything that makes the Tundra such a great truck.
The new Tundra is based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture platform, which is the foundation for several of the company’s newer models. Toyota has called this platform “The New Foundations of Toyota Excellence.” It features major changes to many aspects of the vehicle, including weight distribution and chassis design.
Toyota says that one of the biggest changes with this new platform is using a suspension setup referred to as a Double-Wishbone Independent Rear Suspension. This setup is said to work well in most high-performance vehicles due to its ability to offer a precise handling feel and a comfortable ride.
This new suspension component is one of the Tundra’s best assets, along with its discreet steering and handling as well as secure road-holding on fast corners, just to name a few.
The 2022 Tundra is the most powerful pickup truck in its class, but it doesn’t just have a larger engine. In the new Tundra, the V8 engine has been replaced with a modernized twin-turbocharged V6 engine that maximizes power and torque throughout its operating range.
All Tundra models have an engine from this line: The twin-turbocharged 3.5L twin-cam V6 engine dubbed the V35A-FTS carries over from the latest Toyota Lexus LS. The V35A-FTS engine produces 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque for base SR models, though those with i-FORCE MAX technology get a bump to 348 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. It’s a single-engine configuration with two different output levels.
The second configuration is dubbed i-FORCE MAX, adding hybrid technology that increases power and torque without burning additional fuel. The integrated 5.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack recharges itself while driving, helping you save a bit of fuel versus the standard version. It all adds up to a more powerful vehicle, even if you don’t go with the top configuration for i-FORCE MAX, which provides 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque from under 2,500 RPM.
For the new Tundra, engineers changed the suspension to use a multi-link setup instead of leaf springs. This new suspension improves the towing capacity to 12,000 pounds, payload to 1,940 pounds, and ride comfort and handling.
To improve towing performance and damping, mounting points for the solid rear axle were optimized outside of the frame rails on the new truck. The rear lateral control arm also increases structural rigidity.
A key benefit comes while driving: there’s less of a tendency of the truck's rear to slip or skip over uneven surfaces on the improved Tundra, which contributes to a more refined and easily controlled ride.
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