The all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra pickup is set to hit dealerships in the next week or two. You would think that in anticipation of its release Toyota queued up a lot of them to satisfy demand. But now there is word that the waiting list for Tundra pickups is four months to over a year. Yep, a year in some parts of the country.
Even with cash in your pocket you can’t get a Toyota Tundra
This news came through a Longo Toyota salesperson at the El Monte, California, dealership. He told CarsDirect that even if you’ve got the bread you can’t get one immediately. And that’s after the $1,200 price increase over the previous Toyota Tundra.
Longo is the largest Toyota dealership in the world, located just south of Los Angeles. So how many Tundras do you think Longo will be getting for the next three months? Longo says only 61 will be shipped to the Los Angeles region in all. That’s not 61 to the largest Toyota dealership in the world, but to the entire region.
Supposedly, the ongoing supply problems are to blame. The most sought after, and so the hardest one to find, is the Tundra TRD Pro. It’s the fully-loaded version of the truck. The wait time is from nine months to over a year and a half.
What about the Toyota Tundra Capstone?
Toyota isn’t even saying anything about the Capstone version. That’s its most luxurious Tundra, which is tiered at the top, above the SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794 Edition, and TRD Pro. Yes, there are seven models for the Tundra in 2022.
Estimates are that since the TRD Pro will list for north of $60,000, the Capstone will be in the $70,000 range. It’s targeted at the Ford F-150 Limited and GMC Sierra Denali segment. So the Capstone is considered the top dog, even though the TRD Pro comes with more off-road features.
All of this indicates that Toyota is expecting big things from its full-size pickup offerings. Though it has sold around 100,000 units for the past several years, it comes nowhere near the sales of Ram, Chevy, and Ford trucks. So maybe Toyota thinks that with the right truck, there is more room for it in the marketplace?
What does Nissan killing the Titan mean for Tundra sales?
There also might be more room as Nissan just announced it is killing its full-size pickup. Nissan’s Titan has sold poorly for years. The company continually takes away options and configurations, adding to its unpopularity. If a buyer specifically wants a Japanese manufacturer’s full-size pickup, the Tundra just became it.
In any case, we won’t be holding our breath next week to see when we can get a glimpse of the new Toyota Tundra. It seems like that may not happen for a while. And while inventories of full-size trucks are small, you can buy a Ram, Silverado, or F-150. They’re on the lots.