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2022 Toyota Capstone debuts soon as new luxury hybrid pickup

Toyota will soon debut in the luxury segment with the 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone, a full-sized hybrid pickup truck.

Besides a lot of chrome—side mirrors to door handles—the upscale Tundra features 22-inch wheels. It’s the biggest set ever installed by Toyota on its full-size pickup truck.

Deployable running boards, perforated leather upholstery for the black-and-white seats and real wood inserts on the dashboard are standard. The illuminated Capstone logo is featured on the dash.

The panoramic moonroof is included as standard equipment, and so is the power bed step. The new Toyota will include acoustic glass for the front doors to make the cabin quieter. A self-leveling air suspension for a smoother ride is optional.

Equipped with the i-Force Max hybrid powertrain, as denoted by the chrome badge, the Tundra Capstone features 437 horsepower, 583 pound-feet of torque, electrified with twin-turbo V6 and a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The 2022 Toyota Capstone will soon debut.
The 2022 Toyota Capstone will soon debut.

The new Tundra has a towing capacity of 10,340 pounds and is standard with a 5.5-foot bed. Exterior paint color choices reflect the vehicle’s modern edge: Wind Chill Pearl, Supersonic Red, Midnight Black Metallic, Celestial Silver Metallic, Blueprint and Magnetic Gray Metallic.

Prices have not been disclosed, but the starting MSRP for the 2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone is expected to be more than $70,000. It’s scheduled for release in the spring of 2022.

James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: james@jamesraia.com.

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Ray
4 days ago

Swing and a miss. They call it a hybrid but lend no discussion as to the electric drive portion, assuming it has one. Too bad. A truck that could electrify an RV when not pulling it would be of great interest to boondockers and/or people wanting backup to their power grid.

Jim G.
4 days ago
Reply to  Ray

It says: Equipped with the i-Force Max hybrid powertrain.

John Koenig
4 days ago
Reply to  Ray

I’ve yet to see a trailer connector with wires bigger than 10GA (and could easily be 12GA or smaller). The amperage needed to charge / power more than trailer lights or recharge BIG batteries would take a MUCH heavier gauge of wire than is currently used. Yes, these limitations can be overcome BUT, in the scheme of things, trailers are a small niche market. I certainly WON’T hold my breath that these problems will be solved anytime soon or in an economical way.