It will likely be the pinnacle of the Tundra range.

In May 2020, Toyota filed a patent application for the word “Capstone.”

At the time, we guessed it would likely be used to designate a high-end trim, slotting in above the usual Limited designation. It appears we may have been right. A picture has leaked online that shows a brand-new Tundra with the word “Capstone” on what appears to be a chrome trim piece spanning the length of the doors.

The image seems to be an unintended leak. Most likely a Toyota employee, somebody posted a series of videos on Reddit showing the various trim levels. The Capstone snuck in there, and before all the evidence could be removed, a few people used the screengrab tool.


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By simply looking at existing photos of the 2022 Tundra, we can tell this is a high-end car. It has more chrome than the Limited and has a more elegant appearance than the rugged TRD Pro specification.

Our source at Toyota confirmed that it would be a luxury version that sits at the top of the Tundra range. As for what to expect, we can only speculate.

As the most luxurious model, it makes sense that it’s a Crew Max. It will be a family truck, and the 2022 Tundra is already geared for that. The Tundra is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and a ten-speed gearbox. This new combination is good for 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque in standard configuration and 437 hp and 583 lb-ft when coupled with a mild-hybrid system.

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The new Tundra also has a fully independent suspension system for the first time, and the interior is adorned with a 14-inch touchscreen interface. Even the models we currently know of are well prepared for the inevitable battle with the trucks from Detroit.

We’re also intrigued by the additional badge on the hood. The footage is too grainy to tell for sure, but we can see the word MAX. The badge also appears to have a blue background, which Toyota usually uses on hybrid models. So, is this a full-fat Tundra hybrid as opposed to the mild hybrid?

We know a hybrid version of this engine already exists because it’s used in the Lexus LS 500h. Perhaps Toyota is working on an improved version of this engine?

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