Capstone Course: Toyota Gives 2022 Tundra Another Luxe Grade

Toyota’s redesigned Tundra full-size pickup truck becomes the latest to go full luxury with the new Capstone trim, arriving as a late addition for the 2022 model year — the same year Toyota has redesigned the truck. Power for the Capstone will come from the Tundra’s i-Force twin-turbo hybrid V-6 and make 437 horsepower and 583 pounds-feet of torque (the hybrid drivetrain is optional on lesser trims). But just how plush is the Capstone?

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It starts on the outside with obligatory giant wheels — standard 22-inchers, the largest ever on the Tundra, according to Toyota (the truck maxes out at 20s otherwise). Standard power running boards provide easier entry into the cabin, and a standard power bed step helps owners access the 5.5-foot bed (the Capstone will only be available in a crew cab, which Toyota calls CrewMax, with a 5.5-foot bed).

Climbing inside, the tech-laden Capstone will have both a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 14-inch touchscreen — the latter with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto — as well as a standard 10-inch color head-up display. Those items are also available on lesser grades.

The truck’s perforated leather seats feature semi-aniline cowhide trim, and they’re available in a Capstone-exclusive black-and-white combination seen here. Open-pore wood trim accents the center console and passenger side of the dash, and a Capstone badge inlaid in the dashboard wood illuminates upon entry. To top things off, Toyota says the Capstone comes with a standard panoramic moonroof, and it’s the only Tundra in the lineup with standard acoustic glass on the front doors.

Capstone Capabilities

The Capstone can still do truck things, however. Its towing capacity is 10,340 pounds — less than the Tundra crew cab’s 11,450-pound maximum, but not the lowest in the lineup. Payload is 1,485 pounds, however, which is the lowest rating among the Tundra’s many configurations; it’s almost 500 fewer pounds than the truck’s 1,940-pound maximum.

Pricing and Release Date

Toyota says the Capstone will arrive in dealerships in the spring, but the automaker has yet to reveal pricing. The current most expensive Tundra is the 1794 Edition crew cab with a 6.5-foot bed and the hybrid powertrain. It starts at $62,715 (including $1,695 destination). We’d expect the Capstone to be more than that, though we don’t yet know how much more. Stay tuned.

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