• Dec 5, 2006
Toyota has announced that the 2007 Tundra CrewMax (read: four-door model) will be unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in early January. But why wait until Autoblog arrives in Detroit next month to see the big behemoth, we have a blurry cameraphone pic of the CrewMax for you now. The photo was found by Autoblog reader Terry D. on SnoWest.com, a snow mobile forum of all places. Forum member polarman posted the shot along with some incredibly detailed information on the Tundra, which can be read after the jump. He claims to be in the know because he is a Toyota dealer, so while all bets are off concerning the veracity of the following claims, it's quite possible polarman's telling the truth.
Follow the jump for inside info on the Tundra's towing capicity and horsepower rating, as well as the company's official press release announcing the debut of the Crew Max in Detroit.

[Source: Toyota and SnoWest.com]

Despite the hazey lights and incredibly high ISO, you can see just how long that pair of rear doors is on the CrewMax. While Polarman claims the Double Cab model can comfortably seat four, which is true, the CrewMax is clearly in Dodge Ram Mega Cab territory. There's a short bed in the back, which begs the question whether or not Toyota will also release a more commercial grade CrewMax with a longer, more useable bed.

We're also still waiting to get official confirmation on the exact power ratings of the Tundra's 5.7-liter V8, although you may recall an MSNBC article leaked that the engine would produce 381 horsepower. Toyota's been mum on whether or not the leak is true, but again, polarman claims the company has had the engine up over 400 horsepower with success.

And don't think Ford and Chevy will have the last word on towing capacity. Polarman claims the Tundra will be the first half-ton to hit the 11,000 lb. mark. Again, these are rumors and speculation and polarman could be a 14-year-old playing with Photoshop in his mom's basement. But then again, he could be a Toyota dealer that opened his mouth online when he shouldn't have. We'll find out in a few weeks.


PRESS RELEASE:

All-New Tundra CrewMax To Make World Debut At 2007 North American International Auto Show

December 5, 2006 – Torrance, CA - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. will stage the world premiere of the all-new 2007 Tundra CrewMax full-size pickup at a press conference at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The four-door CrewMax will offer the most room, versatility and storage in the Tundra lineup.

Larger in every dimension than the model it replaces, the 2007 Tundra is available in 31 model configurations, with a choice between 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains, and towing capacity of more than 10,000 lbs. This second-generation Tundra offers three cab styles, three wheelbases, three bed lengths, three engines, and three trim levels.

The next-generation Tundra was designed and engineered in the United States and will be assembled exclusively at the company's truck plants in Texas and Indiana.

The press conference will be held on Sunday, January 7 at 12:10 PM Eastern Time in the Riverview Ballroom in COBO Center and simulcast live to the Toyota display area at the show. A video clip of the press conference will be available for viewing following the event on the Toyota.com website.


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      John Basden
      • 8 Years Ago
      12/25/06

      Toyota,

      It amaizes me that you will build a Truck with a short box bead.

      Tyota needs to build the truck with a Eight (8) Bead offered in tow versons (1) Falt Steak Body Bead with lower mounted tool boxes for Jacks and Chain's (2) The City Box as currently being built.

      All of the Truck manufactuers need to take their blinders off and look at the numbers of trucks that have been converted.

      A lot of people would purchase the Flat Bead truck if made available. They can't afford the converson.

      Wake UP!

      John
      • 8 Years Ago
      "1. 381-400 horsepower? It will be interesting to see if the greenie-weenies finally recognize the fact that Toyota builds trucks and SUVs in the best gas-guzzling tradition."

      -Then what? Really, then what? They will all run back over to GM? Honestly, everybody knows Honda is the best in terms of MPG.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Scott - Great point. I'm with you on this one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2. You couldn't have said that any better!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "But 100% of the profits will be reported in yen, not american dollars. Why, you ask? Because we are a Japanese company."

      Yeah! You tell 'em. Much better that GM or Ford profits go to American CEO's and boardmembers! Not that Foreign investors don't own Ford/GM stock and vice-versa.

      Oh and the American made, marketed, and sold Tundra DOES result in very competitive wages for the Americans who made, marketed, and sold them.

      Hell, the American auto industry is starting to look like Wal-Mart these days. The company may be majority American owned, but more and more of the stuff inside is coming from China or other points outside of the U.S.


      Clyde Batter
      • 8 Years Ago
      What about missing the fall deadline to debut the truck? By the time this beast sees pavement, the '07 model year is half-over.

      What about offering customers a manual transmission? Toyota offers none in any Tundra.

      What about this is the 3rd attempt at a full sized truck? What makes us think this time will be right?

      What about Nissan Titan and Ford can already out-tow the Tundra?

      What about the missing longbed version for the crew cab or carmax version or whatever the &^%$ they're calling it?

      You call this "Moving Forward?" I call this moving sideways.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Frack toyota, they said 6 speed auto on all engines, now they taketh away.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What is that, a three-foot bed? Why bother getting a pickup without a bed?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Interesting side note, the 2007 Tacoma is larger in every dimension than the T-100.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #6, HONDA IS "THE BEST IN MPG" because it has wimpy trucks. NO V-8's in the lineup ever! only crappy 6's that have no low end torque or enough power for a real truck. WTF is the ridgeline. Toyota offers a REAL full line of cars with big V-8's and is not far behind Honda in overall fuel economy average. also dont forget the Prius, bigger, faster, nicer etc that the Civic hybrid, yet gets better mileage.

      good ol' toyota
      • 8 Years Ago
      That rear-door is hideous. That thing is a beast, and not a nice looking one at that. If there weren't trucks already as capable, I might not be as offended by it, but I find nothing to really get me excited about it (the size is ridiculous, hp doesn't tow - torque does, interesting features?).

      And it's true, despite the fact that Toyota touts their "green" status, Honda is a far greener company in my opinion. Toyota still has the Prius, but few of its cars get what the EPA says they will (ask one of my guys who bought a four-cylinder Camry and averages about 22 and feels like the tranny has a mind of its own). My Civic and Fusion have no problem falling in their EPA ranges at 33 and 27 (might not get their hwy ratings often, but it happens - our trip to Washington last year in the Civic saw 40 and our trip this summer to Texas saw 33 in the Fusion). My truck for work (diesel) gets like 17 and probably tows more than this Toyota could ever hope to. This thing will probably be rated like 14/20 to get people in the showrooms and then average like 11. So much for the environment.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I bet it's actually just a deft vinyl and foam job of an old T100 by the gang at Winding Road. :-p
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