The 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Max Aims for a Better MPG

Each passing day means that we’re getting closer and closer to seeing the new Toyota Tundra. We have been following each breadcrumb to put clues about the 2022 Toyota Tundra together, and now we’ve learned some new information about a Hybrid Max title. 

The 2022 Toyota Tundra might be the Hybrid Max 

The white 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD PRO
Toyota Tundra TRD | Toyota

Speculation about the 2022 Toyota Tundra gaining a hybrid engine is increasing. Toyota filed a trademark application for the Hybrid Max name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

Plus, Toyota has revealed clues about the new Tundra engine, known as the iForce Max. Toyota mentioned that it will offer each vehicle sold in the United States with some form of electrification, so the Tundra Hybrid Max could be the first hybrid truck. 

In the teaser image of the new iForce engine, the lettering is outlined in blue, which is a traditional hybrid color. For example, the RAV4 hybrid, Prius, and more all use pops of blue to flex their hybrid power. 

Would the Hybrid Max be an upgrade? 

2022 Toyota Tundra iForceMAX engine teaser
2022 Toyota Tundra iForceMAX | Toyota

The 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Max would serve as an incredible upgrade. Currently, the Tundra uses a 5.7-liter V8 engine with 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque. This offers plenty of power but loves to guzzle fuel. 

For example, the Tundra gets an EPA-estimated 13 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. Meanwhile, the Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and on the highway. This is only an improvement of four miles to the gallon, but maybe the hybrid Tundra will achieve better numbers. Going from 13 mpg to 25 would be great, though. 

Rumors suggest that the new Tundra could gain a variant of the new twin-turbocharged 3.4-liter V6 engine. In the Land Cruiser, it generates 409 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. We’re fans of more muscle. 

The 2021 Tundra can tow up to 10,200 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,730 lbs. The PowerBoost Hybrid can tow up to 12,700 lbs and carry a payload of up to 2,120 lbs. So, the Tundra needs to catch up. 

What else is new for the 2022 Tundra? 

Aside from highly anticipating a hybrid engine with the 2022 Toyota Tundra, we can expect a better ride. It will use the new TNGA-F platform that underpins the Land Cruiser 300. It’s also ditching the leaf springs for a coil-spring multi-link rear suspension for a smoother ride. The Toyota Tundra TRD Pro could be equipped with Fox dampers too. 

The interior will gain significant improvements. Old, outdated materials and hard plastics will be replaced with modern and more upscale materials. It could acquire a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, and we hope it gets Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

Teaser images display a massive panoramic sunroof and a power-folding rear glass window. The TRD-Pro model shows a flashy red interior color. The instrumentation is going digital while maintaining physical controls too. 

The 2022 Toyota Tundra is expected to debut around September 19th, which happens to be when the Texas State Fair begins. This makes sense as the Tundra is currently assembled in Texas. We don’t have to wait much longer to learn more.

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