Toyota's new factory in Texas is going to be very busy.
The all-new third-generation 2022 Toyota Tundra debuted back in September, marking the full-size pickup's first major redesign since 2006. In that time, the Tundra has been outmatched by the newer Ram 1500 and Ford F-150, but with fresh styling, reworked suspension, new engines, and a revamped interior, the new Tundra is a considerable improvement over its predecessor.
It's a significant step up, but Toyota still has a lot of work to do to convince buyers to favor the Tundra over the Detroit Big Three. After confirming pricing details last month, Toyota has announced the first Tundra has rolled off the production line ahead of customer deliveries.
Production of the new Tundra is taking place at Toyota's new factory in Texas, where 2,000 employees and special guests including Texas Governor Greg Abbott and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg held a ceremony to celebrate the start of the 2022 Tundra's rolling off the assembly line.
"Today, we celebrate the hard work, the dedication and this accomplishment that has been years in the making." said Voelkel. "Thanks to our team members and the outstanding collaboration from our suppliers, there's no question we are delivering the toughest, most capable, most advanced Tundra to date!"
To prepare for the 2022 Tundra's arrival, the Texas facility, which has an annual capacity of 208,000 vehicles, was expanded by 141,000 linear feet and new processes and technologies were installed as part of a $391 million investment.
The team has also raised $650,000 in donations to "strengthen and expand access to transportation, food, STEM education and workforce development" in San Antonio.
With production underway, customer deliveries of the 2022 Toyota Tundra are starting this month, so you should start seeing some on the road very soon. However, some customers may have a longer wait as some orders could take up to 1.5 years to arrive due to supply issues. Starting at $35,950, the 2022 Tundra is powered by an efficient 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 producing 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid version with 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque will be available in spring 2022.