• Feb 9th 2006 at 1:01PM
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The new Tundra isn’t so much a shot across the bow of GM, Ford and Dodge as it is a shot at point blank range. It’s bigger in every metric dimension: 10 inches longer, five inches taller and four inches wider. It’s more powerful with its top engine (of three) being a 5.7L i-Force V8 from Toyota’s commercial truck operations. Toyota didn’t reveal how powerful the motor is, but the new Tundra will be capable of towing an amazing 10,000 lbs.

Follow the jump for more commentary, live shots of the unveiling and the official press release and specs.

WARNING: We spared no expense with pics on this one. When we say many, we mean MANY pics after the jump. Not recommended for dial-up.

The new truck will also be available in three cab configurations with three trim levels. Overall there will be 30 different models to choose from within the Tundra lineup, which doubles what the current generation Tundra offers.

Other features include a lockable tailgate that features heavy duty dampers on the hinges so the gate will never come crashing down, extra-large side mirrors, a trailer hitch integrated into the frame, a wide-screen backup camera integrated into the tailgate handle, an optional JBL audio system and Bluetooth phone compatibility.

Toyota was also silent on price, but did say that the Tundra would be on sale in 11 months. Toyota honcho Jim Press hinted, however, that it would likely hit the streets even sooner.

How significant is the new Tundra? We’ll leave it to the true truckers among us to discuss.

Toyota Stages World Premiere of All-New Tundra Full-Size Pickup at 2006 Chicago Auto Show

February 9, 2006 – Chicago - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., unveiled the all-new next-generation Tundra full-size pickup truck at a press conference today at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show.

The Tundra was first introduced in 1999 as a 2000 model. Since then, it has won numerous awards and has been recognized for its value, quality and reliability. The completely redesigned 2007 Tundra will be bigger, more powerful and will offer new body and engine configurations.

"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."

The expanded size and power of the new Tundra will be reflected in its ability to tow over 10,000 pounds. To achieve this towing capacity every major component was designed for maximum strength, durability and reliability over the long haul. This will be accomplished with an all-new 5.7-liter i-Force V8 engine manufactured at Toyota's Alabama engine plant. The V8 will be mated to a new heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the new powertrain, Tundra will also come equipped with heavy-duty front disc brakes with four-piston calipers and vented rotors increased by nearly one and one-half inches, and standard rear disc brakes. High capacity cooling and electrical systems will help Tundra tow heavy loads through the toughest weather. Finally, Tundra will ride on a new rock-solid chassis platform with 30 percent higher tensile strength steel.

Development of the new Tundra was spearheaded by Toyota's U.S.-based facilities. Product planning began at TMS headquarters in Southern California. All engineering development was directed by the Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Styling, inside and out, was the work of Toyota's Calty Research and Design Centers in Newport Beach, California and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Finally, the new Tundra will be built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Princeton, Indiana and Toyota's new truck plant in San Antonio, Texas.

Tundra has been super-sized in every metric of comparison with the vehicle it replaces. Its all-new, full-size platform will feature a significantly expanded wheelbase and an increase of 10 inches in overall length. Tundra will also gain nearly five inches in height and will be four full inches wider than before, placing it among the segment leaders in overall size.

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.

Calty designers set out to complement the new Tundra's increased size by creating a design with bold, brave and distinctive character lines that are different from anything on the road today. From the front, the new Tundra features a bold front grille, strong bumper and large headlights with a steely glare, conveying a strong and powerful physical presence. The profile reveals a thicker body and taller doors with character lines and fender flares that add dimension and strength as well as an unwavering stance.

Tundra's powerful and rugged exterior styling characteristics extend to the inside. A "command and control" center 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 class-leading, roomy passenger cabin providing front passengers with four inches more shoulder room. Two-row models will offer rear passengers nearly three inches more shoulder. Front passengers will receive nearly four more inches of hip room while rear passengers will enjoy six inches of additional hip room. Interior storage capacity is increased with the addition of hidden storage compartments, second-row seats that double as work surfaces (two-row models only), and a larger center console box.

For buyers who use their Tundra as a work truck quick and easy access to the truck bed is essential. The new Tundra will feature a tailgate that can be opened and closed with just two fingers. 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. Other design features with workers in mind include large door handles, inside and out, easy-to-turn HVAC knobs, and adjustable headrests, allowing drivers and passengers to ride to their next work site without having to remove protective gear such as hardhats or gloves.

Designers also had safety in mind with the addition of extra large side mirrors to provide a wide field of view, while reducing wind noise and image vibration, always important when towing precious cargo. Additionally, a trailer hitch will be integrated into the Tundra's frame for better stability when handling heavy loads.

The Tundra will be loaded with standard-equipped comfort and convenience features. An array of options and accessories will also be offered, such as a JBL premium audio system with Bluetooth telephone compatibility, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a wide-screen backup camera integrated into the tailgate handle for enhanced rear-view safety.

"As much as the new Tundra has changed, there are a few things that remain the same," said Jim Press TMS president and COO. "Tundra will again offer the most comfortable, quiet and refined ride in the full-size truck segment. Its build quality, reliability, and durability will, again, be second to none."

The all-new Tundra will arrive in dealer showrooms in early 2007.



Overall length: 228.7

Overall width: 79.9

Overall height: 76.4

Wheelbase: 145.7


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

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      • 8 Years Ago
      5-stud wheels, brakes that might be adequate for a Corolla and a rear axle that looks as if it should be under a car!!

      And once again, Toyota missed the mark with its suitcase sized bed -- will they ever wise up and build a real truck for someone that needs to haul something other than golf clubs or groceries?
      • 9 Years Ago
      i'm already imagining it with flaresides, front and rear spoilers, fender flares, mag wheels, dual exhaust, tonneau cover blah blah blah, cause you know thats where its going....
      • 9 Years Ago
      Toyota at its best....when the Ram first made its transition everyone looked at it weird but not accept it....the design for this truck isn't that bad and yes it does look a lot like the Tacoma and some other trucks....WHO CARES! It might have less horse power but that doesnt mean it wont out perform the "big 3". In 1999 it out performed all other trucks, and this time it will again. Motortrend Truck of the year? hell yeah....just wait and see....everyone will eventually want one....expect the demand to be high because no one really wants to buy a broken down FORD or DODGE...hahahaha....CHEVY is ok...dont mind it....
      • 9 Years Ago
      I've owned GM, Chevy, Ford & Dodge trucks for the past 35 years. They are all pretty good until about 40,000 miles or just out of warranty. The Ram's were the best looking trucks but have the worst drive trains. Last Ram 1500 had just 40,000 miles then the auto tranny just went. Wasn't worth fixing so I traded it in another new Ram - now lots of clunking and front end problems. My friends with Toyota trucks just keep racking up the miles with no real problems. I'm switching to this truck soon as I can order it!! I love American products but is the new Toyota any more or less American than anything else????
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm in the market for a full-size truck so I've been looking at all of them--just looked at an '06 Tundra today. I dunno about the '07. It's a monster. I measured my garage, and it won't fit. That extra 10" takes the nose into the workbench. The thing is, both the 2500HD and the F-250 have every bit as much capability as this one (I don't know Dodge at all). The 2500 can tow 12,000 lbs. The F250 can do 12,500. So what's the big deal about 10,000? Bed capacity and size are equivalent. Toyota builds good stuff. I'm not knocking it per se. It's just that this is more hype than reality. Look at the specs and you'll see. Toyota thinks it's a new party only because they've only just arrived--or will in '07.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I like the interior than the body shap. The body looks like a Dogde Ram. But toyota is toyota. When a diesel engine toyota will come out? Is it possible to make the current toyota (2003-2006) with gearbox handle as of 2007 toyota? That will be wasome.
      • 9 Years Ago
      wow, all i can say is the people that post on these message boards are so full of it. i mean sure they succeeded in going bigger, but they also succeeded in going much uglier. the current tundra was arguably the best looking truck next to the f150, but even the nissan titan looks better than this crap. if ford put out a truck that looked like this y'all would be ripping it like crazy...kinda like yesterday with the navigator
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wait.....bet you there'll be a 3/4 ton and dually coming.....Wheels...could be better....but 18's will be a standard(maybe not on standard cab)....the hp will be more than 300...You Ford and GM people are p.o. cause your company is going broke because U.A.W. (no excuses), I actually own a GM truck and love it.....New Toyota Tundra will create better trucks from all major 3.....competion makes it better for all of us.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hope it's as good as my 03 Access cab was, and my 04 Dble Cab is. Lot's of trouble free miles on both Hope the extra bulk doesn't eat up those extra horses. The shifter/console look a little too Titanish, but I could probably get used to them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Have one on order, will be in my garage on 2-16-07. After checking this thing out my wife might want to replace her Land Cruiser. This will be my 11th Toyota, cant wait to hook on to my fifth wheel and fly around the American made trucks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      look out boys here comes the man
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Glenn Arlt", 35 MPG? You're in a Toyota fanboyism induced dreamworld.
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