Toyota Alabama to be sole North American producer of new Toyota Tundra engine

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The new 2022 Toyota Tundra, who’s Twin-Turbo V-6 engine will be produced exclusively in Alabama. Photo via Toyota Newsroom

Toyota recently announced that their Huntsville manufacturing plant, Toyota Alabama, will be the exclusive North American producer of the brand-new, twin-turbo V-6 engine for the 2022 Toyota Tundra. Keep reading to learn more about Huntsville’s role in the new Toyota Tundra engine, which represents a $288M investment in the Toyota Alabama plant.

Introducing the Brand-New 2022 Toyota Tundra

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Say hello to the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra. Photo via Toyota Newsroom

When Toyota announced 2022 Toyota Tundra, they stated that the newest generation of their heavy-duty pickup was redesigned from the ground up—including the engine. Starting with the 2022 model, the 5.7L V-8 engine that had become standard on the Toyota Tundra will be phased out in favor of Toyota’s new i-FORCE MAX 3.5-liter Twin-Turbo V-6 engine.

According to Toyota, the new Twin-Turbo V-6 will produce 389 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. In addition, the new Toyota Tundra will have a maximum towing capacity of 12,000 pounds, and a maximum payload of 1,940 pounds.

Your Next Toyota Tundra Engine Will Be Produced in Alabama

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The 2022 Toyota Tundra’s i-FORCE MAX 3.5-liter Twin-Turbo V-6. Photo via Toyota Newsroom

Thinking about buying a 2022 Toyota Tundra? If you do, you can drive confidently knowing that your vehicle’s engine was manufactured right here in Alabama. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc. (TMMAL), located near Huntsville, will be the exclusive North American producer of the new Twin-Turbo V-6 engine. Now, don’t confuse TMMAL with the upcoming Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, U.S.A., Inc plant, which is also located near Huntsville.

As of 2020, TMMAL was responsible for roughly one-third of all Toyota engines manufactured in the United States. Now that they’ll be the sole North American producer of the Twin-Turbo V-6, TMMAL plans to produce 900,000 engines a year—a 35% increase.

In order to meet this demand, Toyota is looking to hire 450 new employees at their TMMAL plant, bringing the total employment up to 1,800.

Think you’ll be driving one of the 2022 Toyota Tundra’s with the Alabama-produced engine? Tag us @thebamabuzz to let us know!

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