Toyota Tundra is debuted for the 2022 model year amidst a lot of anticipation by the trucking community. It is a full-size pickup truck that gives a good competition to the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. 2022 also marked the third generation of the pickup truck and debuted a hybrid powertrain that is the most powerful engine on offer. The truck is available in various trims onboard to choose from, of which the SR5 gets the newly-added SX Package.
The SX Package doesn’t fiddle with the internals but brings in a style statement of its own. Available in specific configurations, the Package adds a special Dark Gray Metallic shade to the massive 18-inch alloy wheels of the truck. The body-colored trims have been substituted with darker trims including the rear inboard bumper and the outer door handles. All the badges on the exterior are removed instead of the 4×4 badge, which gets blacked out. A similar blacked-out treatment is available in the interior as well and replaces all the smoked silver trim with black accents. The SX Package also brings four new colors - Midnight Black Metallic, Celestial Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, and White.
Powering the Toyota Tundra is a new i-FORCE twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 that uses Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) setup with 24 valve cylinder heads. The whole engine jargon produces 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain is outnumbered by the hybrid setup, known as the i-FORCE MAX. The i-FORCE MAX produces 437 horsepower and tops the lb-ft figures at 583 lb-ft at just 2,400 RPM. The hybrid powertrain makes use of a motor generator that provides extra oomph and also enables pure EV driving, although not much. The motor generator sucks its power from a 288V Ni-MH sealed battery that is located beneath the rear seats. The 2023 Tundra MPGs are ruled by the hybrid powertrain, with an EPA-estimated 22 MPG combined.
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The 2023 Tundra TRD Pro models, and the other variants with the TRD Off-Road package, get many off-road friendly upgrades that help in exploring the path where the tarmac ends. The truck comes equipped with Multi-Terrain Select that adjusts the wheelspin based on different terrains. The CRAWL Control is off-road cruise control that takes effect at low speeds and helps the driver focus on one less thing. The electronic rear differential adds more traction when the 4WD Low is engaged. To make everything more comfortable, there are 360-degree cameras to give a clearer view of the surroundings.
The 2023 Toyota Tundra is produced exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) with a specific design mantra called the “Technical muscle”. The design mantra focused more on the styling of the modern-day trucks with sophisticated internals but didn’t lose on the outdoor lifestyle core of the overall ownership. The design focuses on getting the best interior comfort and is wrapped with soft-touch materials in the most touched areas.
The Toyota Tundra is a complete package and gets special attention to its safety arrangements as well. The truck comes with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 as a standard addition that brings in a slew of driver-assistance features including automatic high beams, road sign assist, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control, and lane-keeping technology. All the assistance features add more sophistication to the overall package and make driving the truck safe.
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