The Toyota Tundra has been redesigned for the first time in over a decade, so it’s no surprise the truck is looking to make a splash at SEMA.
Headlining the event is the TRD Desert Chase Tundra, which is based on the Tundra TRD Pro and is inspired by desert racing assistance vehicles.
Undeniably aggressive in appearance, the pickup has been fitted with a wide body kit that includes domed fenders that help cover 18-inch forged aluminum wheels wrapped in 37-inch General Grabber X3 tires. The model also sports a tubular front bumper, long-travel suspension and a custom roll cage with rigid lights that can be electronically raised and lowered.
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Since the concept was conceived as a support vehicle, its bed has been equipped with everything an off-road racer could possibly need. In particular, there is a custom-mounted all-terrain jack, a 6.8 kg (15 lb) CO2 cylinder as well as fuel and water cans. They are joined by two spare tires and an ARB Tred Pro recovery board.
Under the hood, there’s an all-new i-Force Max powertrain that consists of a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6, a nickel-metal hydride battery, and an electric motor that is effectively sandwiched between between the engine and a ten-speed automatic. transmission. It enables the truck to produce a combined power of 437 hp (326 kW / 443 hp) and torque of 583 lb-ft (790 Nm).
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When we tested the Tundra earlier this year, Toyota announced plans to offer a dealer-installed lift kit and an assortment of other accessories. Now we get a glimpse of that thanks to a custom 2022 Tundra Limited fitted with the TRD Off-Road Package.
Highlights include a TRD lift kit that provides an additional 2.6 inches (66mm) of ground clearance while improving approach, departure and tilt angles by 5 degrees, 1 degree, and 2 degrees. , respectively. Other off-road perks include a TRD skid plate, TRD cast aluminum running boards, and a set of TRD off-road wheels and tires.
The accessories don’t end there, as the model also comes with a bed extender, folding tonneau cover, bed mat, dash cam, and storage boxes. swivel in the bed. These are just a few of the over 100 accessories for the redesigned pickup.
Power comes from the non-hybrid version of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. It produces 389 hp (290 kW / 394 hp) and 479 lb-ft (649 Nm) of torque, making it more powerful than the previous 5.7-liter V8.
Besides the torquey engine, the truck was fitted with the aforementioned TRD Off-Road package. It includes an electric locking rear differential, a Multi-Terrain Select system as well as Crawl Control and Downhill Assist Control.