It’s official: The powerplant selection for Toyota’s full-size line of Tundra pickups just grew by two, and both power teams are being produced at Toyota’s U.S. engine facility in Huntsville, Alabama, the result of a recent $288 million investment in the facility. The new Tundra engines are both V-6 configurations with turbocharging: One of them is an EV hybrid, and the other generates power through gasoline combustion only. Both engines represent the V-6 selections for the 2022 Tundra, both being built on the physically longest engine-assembly production line in North America, with the capacity to turn out a new, ready-to-fire V-6 every 58 seconds, which works out to 18,000 per month, with total engine capacity at Toyota Alabama now elevated to 900,000 annual units.
Toyota Alabama is now the sole provider of engines for the 2022 Tundra, which will be introduced later this year. The standard i-FORCE 3.5L twin-turbo produces up to 389 horsepower and 479 lbs.-ft. of torque. The i-FORCE MAX powertrain boasts 437 horsepower and 583 lbs.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful engine in the Toyota lineup. The upgrades at Huntsville, long better known for its role in the U.S. space program, represent a total recent investment in the plant in excess of $1.2 billion, keeping a Toyota workforce of more than 1,800 Alabamians consistently busy.