Toyota Tundra at the Chicago auto show preview
By Lou Ann Hammond, Tue, 21 Feb 2006 08:00:00 PDT
This has to go first because it is the most talked about vehicle of the show. They're building bigger trucks in Texas and more of them. Most of the world introductions at the Chicago Auto Show will include trucks. The Tundra was first introduced in 1999 as a 2000 model. Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A.,Inc. unveiled the world premiere of the all-new 2nd generation 2007 Tundra full-size pickup truck at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show.
The completely redesigned 2007 Tundra will be bigger, more powerful and will offer new body and engine configurations. The engine will be a 5.7-liter i-Force V-8 and will come in three trim levels; base, SR5 and Limited. The Tundra can tow over 10,000 pounds and you won't need an extra hand when hooking up the tow-hook. Toyota has an optional wide-screen backup camera.
"From bumper-to-bumper, under the hood and from the inside out the new Tundra is a true American truck that will set a new benchmark in the full-size truck segment," said Jim Lentz, TMS group vice president and general manager. "It will be aimed at the True Trucker, the true opinion leaders among full-size owners. True Truckers are highly credible because they use, punish, and demand the most out of the pickups they buy."
Buyers of the new Tundra will have a choice of three engines. In addition to the new 5.7-liter V8, the capable 4.0-liter V6 and the legendary 4.7-liter i-Force V8, both also built in Alabama, will be available. The new Tundra will come in three cab configurations. It will retain its three-grade strategy with the Base, SR5 and well-appointed Limited trim levels. In all, Tundra will be offered in more than 30 different models, nearly double the current generation.
DIMENSIONS (inches); Overall length: 228.7,Overall width: 79.9, Overall height: 76.4,Wheelbase: 145.7,TRUCK BED DIMENSIONS (inches):Bed length 78.7,Bed width (at wheel wells) 65.0, Bed width (between wheel wells): 50.0, Bed width (wall-to-wall): 65.0,Bed depth: 22.3
This all-new Tundra will be built in America at both Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Indiana and the new San Antonio,Texas plants. The Tundra is expected to take sales away from the Ford F150, General Motors Chevy Silverado and the Nissan Titan.
Is there any segment Toyota doesn't have a competitor for? How about the Ford Ranger?