The new Tundra Capstone grade provides a premium collection of features and upgrades for those who appreciate luxury mated to capability. As the new flagship in the Tundra lineup, Capstone builds on the features of Toyota’s all-new, full-size truck and will be arriving at dealerships this spring. Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but we predict the premium vehicle will be priced at north of $70,000.
The Capstone is powered by the new iForce Max hybrid powertrain that produces 437 horsepower and 583 pound feet of torque. iForce Max relies on a twin-turbo V6 engine, but features a unique motor-generator within the bell housing between the engine and 10-speed automatic transmission designed to provide maximum performance and maximum efficiency.
Resting on a new fully boxed, high-strength steel frame, the vehicle has a maximum towing capacity of 10,340 pounds. During towing applications, the hybrid system provides additional power and torque, while during city driving it focuses on a quiet ride with improved efficiency. For highway driving, responsive linear power delivery is paramount and off-highway exploration is further enhanced thanks to peak torque performance being achieved early in the RPM range.
The new sheet-molded compound (SMC) bed construction features reinforced aluminum cross members under the bed and offers added protection; maximum payload for Capstone remains a low 1,485 pounds.
Depending on the setting chosen, the Tundra’s power train makes use of the electric motor’s instantaneous responsiveness. While the electric motor does the bulk of the work at lower speeds, once above 18 mph, the gasoline engine assumes primary operation for excellent claimed performance in the mid- and high-speed range. When in Tow/Haul mode, the iForce Max system is constantly in tandem operation to provide impressive acceleration and torque for towing needs.
The Capstone features the largest wheels ever offered on the Tundra, thanks to the standard 22-inch chrome rims. A unique grille features a color-keyed outer frame and a chrome inner mesh pattern, automatic running boards, and a premium cabin experience highlighted by standard semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats. A panoramic “moonroof” is standard on Tundra Capstone and to help provide an even quieter cabin, the vehicle features acoustic glass on the front doors for more exterior sound deadening.
A large, 14-inch multimedia touchscreen display comes standard on Capstone, controlling Audio Multimedia system. The new system offers an improved user experience thanks to new sight, touch and voice activation. Voice-activated commands allow the driver to search for directions, find places of interest (POI), adjust audio controls, change the cabin temperatures, and more. The cloud-based native navigation system, aptly named Cloud Navigation, allows for real-time updates for mapping and POI, and Google POI data is integrated to ensure up-to-date search capability.
For ease of entry and exit, Capstone offers standard power running boards, and a standard power bed step for ease of entry in the truck bed. Complementing the Tundra’s new multilink rear suspension system, Capstone offers available adaptive variable suspension (AVS) and load-leveling rear height control air suspension.
The 2022 Capstone grade will be offered in one body configuration: CrewMax with a 5.5-foot bed.
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