The current Toyota Tundra is even older than the Land Cruiser 200 SUV: the second-generation pickup truck entered the conveyor almost 15 years ago, in November 2006. And only now the North American division of the Japanese brand is ripe for a full generation change, which will allow the truck to more confidently compete with the fresh Ford F-150 and Ram 1500.
The Tundra has received a heavily redesigned design that we were already familiar with through the teaser campaign, a new frame and a spring-loaded rear suspension. The pickup will only be available in four-door Double Cab and CrewMax versions with loading bays of 1.98 and 1.68 meters.
Even in the basic configuration, the screen of the multimedia system will be eight inches (against the previous seven inches), and more expensive versions will receive a huge 14-inch touchscreen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are supported by default.
As in the case of “Kruzak”, the V8 engine has been retired: the base is now a 3.5-liter petrol turbocharged V6 with 395 hp. and 649 Nm, and an alternative to it is the i-Force Max hybrid system with 443 hp. and 790 Nm. The only transmission is a 10-speed automatic.
The default gasoline-electric is the new Tundra TRD Pro off-road with redesigned Fox shock suspension, Crawl Control, Multi-Terrain Select and optional chandelier. The hybrid can also be ordered in trim levels with the familiar names of Americans Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition, but the base SR and SR5 will do without the electric makeweight.
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Already in the initial configuration, there is a set of driving assistants and smart assistants Toyota Safety Sense 2.5: emergency braking systems with pedestrian recognition, blind spot monitoring, assistance when leaving the parking in reverse.
There are several months left before the market debut of the new Toyota Tundra: dealers will have cars before the end of the year, but we do not know the prices yet. Colleagues from the North American office of Motor1 suggest that the pickup will cost from 36 to 60 thousand dollars.