Recently, we’ve heard of the I-Force Max engine Toyota is developing. But, no one knew what it is. Now, the first details leaked. The I-Force is a hybrid project which will debut in the next-gen truck. A few sources claimed the Japanese company will start launching new series of its big rigs soon. 4Runner forum claimed that the first unit will be a pickup. But, even this trusted source didn’t expect the 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid.
We also discussed diesel and hybrid options for a smaller Tacoma. Well, it was likely to see the mid-size model with an electric battery supporting the internal combustion engine. But, the 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid surprised us all. According to claims, the pickup will be able to deliver up to 450 hp, which will make it more capable to compete against Ford F-150 Raptor and Chevy Silverado powered by a 6.2-liter V8 unit.
What is I-Force Max Engine?
Toyota finally unveiled what does the trademark “I-Force Max” means. The system is a hybrid drivetrain consisted of an electric unit and turbocharged V6 powerplant. Combined, this configuration will be able to burst 450 horsepower, which is on part with F-150 Raptor. Now, imagine the new 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid with the TRD Pro package. But, there are no updates about this trim yet. Still, a V6 will return a better gas mileage than the existing 4.6 and 5.7 displacements, both V8. Toyota is not confirming the fuel economy and towing capacities yet, but expect an upgrade compared to the current edition.
2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid Also Modernizes the Look
It’s been a long, long time since the carmaker made serious changes on its truck. In the matter of fact, all big vehicles were not updated in a while, including Land Cruiser, Lexus LX, and others. Now, the 2022 Tundra Hybrid is carrying a new engine and brings a new look.
The first teaser images are showing a lot of similarities with the crossover and SUV segment. The latest cosmetic updates we saw on Highlander and RAV4 and the 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid is not ashamed to borrow some solutions from smaller units. For example, C-shaped headlights are something that refreshes the exterior design. The new grille combines classic and new elements. Hood styling also draws attention and reminds fans of Ram 1500 with its bold appearance.
We still don’t know too much about the interior. However, a couple of things are certain. First of all, Toyota is now offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto services. Next year, the company will update the whole infotainment system. Plus, a higher level of autonomous drive will be available. But, for now, it is good to know the new generation of the truck is one the way.
When Will 2022 Toyota Tundra Hybrid be Available?
Not so soon. This is the first update about the pickup we can say it is coming from trusted sources. Well, the most trusted magazines confirmed the arrival of the 2022 Tundra Hybrid. Release date info is still missing, but the truck is not coming in the next 12 months for sure.