Spotted by fans and quickly appearing in many other corners of the internet, these images – which are presumably smartphone photos taken from a computer screen and carry the email address of a dealership that is now certainly responding. to pointed out questions from Toyota executives – show the lengths at which Toyota will face the Detroit Three in a never-ending battle for truck supremacy.
The shape and placement of various light signals match what we’ve seen in dark official teasers and from the lens of spy photographers who have caught camouflaged testers roaming public streets.
There’s more than a hint of Tacoma in this front end, especially around the grille. This is not a bad thing, since Taco is still very popular despite being older than Methuselah. Those amber side lights – similar to those on a Raptor or TRX – reappear, suggesting that at least one variant of the new Tundra will be over 80 inches wide. A trio of light bars appear on its nose which, if this is standard equipment, will require a genius legal description in places like California, where all-terrain lights have to be concealed by an opaque cover when shooting. driving on public roads.
It’s very likely that a machine over 80 inches will be the TRD Pro trim, packed with wide fender flares and all kinds of beefy off-road kits. In fact, the red pickup shown in the leaked dealer images has this trim name hammered straight into the tailgate using dizzying lettering, taking inspiration from other automakers who have led the charge with this feature of particular style. While some Keyboard Warriors criticize the look, this author thinks this is a striking package – although it must be said that I deeply appreciate the over-the-top and boring outgoing-looking packages.
While we don’t know the official skinny on Toyota’s next full-size, we can say with some confidence that there will be some major changes to the truck’s powertrain and rear suspension. Spy photos from the start of the year reliably showed test mules with additional camouflage under the cargo box, strongly suggesting that Toyota is hiding the development of coil springs or even independent rear suspension. The latter would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, but the new F-150 Lightning has proven that the presence of an IRS doesn’t necessarily negate all semblance of towing and hauling capability.
We shouldn’t wait long. The 2022 Toyota Tundra, which is expected to contain V6 horsepower and perhaps some sort of hybrid powertrain, is expected to drop later this year.