Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. (TMS) rolled out its all-new “next generation” Tundra full-size pickup truck at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Atlanta.
The 2007-model truck, due to arrive at dealers early next year, is “bigger and better” than the current model and was designed in the U.S. with business users in mind, said Al Smith, corporate manager — fleet/rental, at a show-floor news conference.
“A work truck configuration with an 8-ft. bed will be available for both the regular and extended cab versions and all models will feature increased interior and exterior storage,” continued Smith.
Key features will include an all-new U.S.-built 5.7-liter V8 as well as a 4.7-liter V8 and a 4.0-liter V6; new 6-sp. heavy-duty automatic transimission; disc brakes all around; towing capacity of over 10,000 lb.; new chassis platform with 30% higher tensile strength steel; and a wheelbase of 145 in., which is 10 in. longer than the current model.
In addition to its longer wheelbase, the new Tundra will gain nearly 5 in. in height and will be 4 in. wider than the current version. The pickup will be offered in more than 30 different models, nearly double what's now available.
The interior boasts a “command and control” center that TMS said provides an unobstructed view of the instrument panel, and puts knobs, switches and buttons within close reach of the driver.
All Tundra models will feature a roomy passenger cabin providing front passengers with 4 in. more shoulder room and 4 in. more hip room. Two-row models will offer rear passengers nearly 3 in. more shoulder room and 6 in. of additional hip room.
The new Tundra will feature a tailgate that can be opened and closed with just two fingers, said TMS. In addition, robust dampers on the hinges have been added to help cushion the tailgate when opening and also help reduce bouncing when driving with the tailgate down.
Safety features include extra large side mirrors to provide a wide field of view, while reducing wind noise and image vibration. A trailer hitch will be integrated into the Tundra's frame for better stability when handling heavy loads.