Customer deliveries are still months away, however.
The 2021 Toyota Tundra is well past its sell-by date, but that's okay because an all-new 2022 model is on the way. As you may know, the Tundra will subsequently be available with a twin-turbo V6 engine producing more power than the outgoing naturally-aspirated V8.
The Tundra is expected to go on sale in December, with specific models following in March 2022. Even so, an eagle-eyed Toyota fan recently spotted the Double Cab and CrewMax models months before they're going on sale, posting them on the Tundra3 forum.
It's nothing we haven't seen before, but it is nice knowing there are a few units already roaming out in the wild.
The styling will be divisive, but oversized grilles are very much in vogue at the moment. Can it even be considered a pickup truck if it doesn't have a grille large enough to swallow a medium-sized moose? Not that it matters, because we're far more interested in the interior. The old Tundra was highly outdated, but the new interior looks epic. A little OTT in TRD trim, but that large 14-inch optional touchscreen looks the business.
Our deep dive into the specifications revealed several suspension and technology upgrades, which will serve it well in the inevitable battle with the Nissan Titan, also a brand-new model.
Sales have remained relatively static since 2005. Even with customers being aware of the imminent arrival of the all-new Tundra, Toyota sold 8,828 units in August.
This isn't surprising, considering the results of J.D. Power's 2020 US Automotive Brand Loyalty Study, which revealed that 60% of Toyota buyers keep buying a Toyota. People also tend to keep their Tundras for longer. The same study showed that the top five cars people keep are all Toyotas.
This bodes well for Toyota, which is also feeling the pressure of the semiconductor chip shortage. With the Tundra scheduled for a December launch, Toyota's head of marketing is confident that its customers are willing to wait.