2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone rumbles into luxury pickup space

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Toyota recently dethroned GM as the country’s best-selling automaker. The Japanese brand has products on offer in almost every segment including the luxury vehicle space with its luxury arm, Lexus. However, Toyota’s pickup truck lineup isn’t as strong as its American rivals, and to strengthen that up a bit Toyota has come with a new generation of the Tundra pickup truck. Refreshed and updated from top to bottom, the Toyota Tundra comes in a fresh new avatar. However, the news here is that with the 2022 Tundra, Toyota forays into the luxury pickup truck space with the luxury trim of the Tundra called Tundra Capstone.

Toyota unveiled the new generation Tundra last fall in Texas and announced to the world that it is all set to take on its rivals in the luxury pickup truck segment. The 2022 Tundra is offered in 7 different trim levels and the Capstone trim sits on top of all of them, even above the Platinum trim which previously was the Tundra’s top trim level, and also above the TRD Pro trim which is the off-road specific trim.

The Tundra Capstone will be offered with just one engine option and comes equipped with an iForce MAX hybrid engine that consists of a 3.5 liter, twin-turbo, V6 engine along with an electric motor. The powertrain churns out a total of 437 horses and 583 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. 4×4 configuration is offered as standard and the truck can tow about 10,340 lbs with a payload capacity of 1,485 lbs. which is pretty decent for a luxury pickup truck. The Capstone trim also comes equipped with an adaptive suspension system and gets air springs at the rear for a cushier and comfier ride. Air suspension also allows the bed to be raised and lowered at a press of a button which is very thoughtful of Toyota. Most luxury SUVs can be raised and lowered and hence why shouldn’t a luxury pickup truck not have that functionality.

The Tundra Capstone sits on large 22-inch chrome alloy wheels and it is for the first time that the Tundra will ride on such large wheels. It has a large chrome-clad rectangular front grille that gives the truck a very strong presence and a hulking appearance. The headlight design looks striking and the tall beefy hood just adds so much drama to the truck’s overall look. The Tundra Capstone will only be available in double cab configuration and will have a 5.5-foot long bed. Not just that, the Tundra also gets automatic side step running boards as standard and they deploy every time you open and close the doors.

There are many more interesting bits on the inside than on the outside, after all this is a luxury vehicle. The Tundra Capstone offers 10-way power-adjustable seats at the front and both the rows of seats come wrapped in premium semi-aniline leather and get heating and ventilation features. There are luxury SUVs and sedans at this price point that do not offer second-row heated seats and then here comes the Tundra Capstone that offers heating and ventilation on both rows which is crazy and surprising. A leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel is also offered as standard. The truck also gets a large panoramic sunroof as standard.

The truck comes with a plethora of tech and entertainment features on the inside as you’d expect. There’s a massive 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster on offer with a 10-inch heads-up display. You also get a large 14-inch touchscreen infotainment display along with a 12-speaker JBL premium sound system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM radio, Alexa compatibility all comes in as standard.

Toyota hasn’t compromised on the safety front either. The truck comes equipped with plenty of advanced safety and driver assistance systems. It gets full-speed range dynamic radar-based cruise control with lane departure warning, steering assist, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. You also get a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert and front and rear parking assist with automatic braking. All these features make the truck super safe and ensure you stay protected while you’re inside.

The Tundra Capstone will be offered in 5 different colors. The colors on offer include supersonic red, midnight black metallic, magnetic gray metallic, wind chill pearl, blueprint, and celestial silver metallic. The Tundra Capstone looks great in all the colors and we would have liked it more if it was offered with more color options like its lower trim levels.

Toyota is yet to announce the prices of the Tundra Capstone. The Platinum trim is priced at $56,990 and the limited run 1794 edition is priced at $57,690. Pricing of the TRD Pro is also not out yet and since the Capstone is the top trim level of the Tundra, it will be pricier than the off-road spec TRD Pro as well. We speculate that the Tundra Capstone will cost you somewhere around $75,000.

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