• Feb 13th 2008 at 9:03AM
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Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and we can all admit that this Toyota Tundra "Warrior" prototype has a sinister presence in its shiniest, blackest finery. That silly fake intake is still there in the grille surround, but the rest of the look is successful. It's too bad Toyota didn't pay attention to the TRD Off Road concept's schnoz; thankfully that 2007 show-goer was free of faux scoopery. The Warrior appeared at the Chicago Auto Show to gauge public reaction to the SR5-based upgrade package. We like it. In fact, we think it's the best looking Tundra we've seen. The "none more black" exterior is complemented by various touches of brushed metal on the side mirrors, door handles, and fuel door, the latter of which you'll be seeing a lot of if Toyota builds a 5.7-liter 4x4 version. There's also tinted taillight lenses and handsomely contrasting 17-inch TRD wheels, and can we get a "hell yeah" for the revised lower fascia out front?

We haven't seen any interior shots, but it reportedly banishes some of the Gladware feel of the cabin we experienced when the Tundra visted the Autoblog garage. Mirroring the outside's carbonite treatment, the interior is also decked out in inky hues with brushed metal brightwork. If and when the Warrior hits showrooms, it could be available as an upgrade on 4x2 and 4x4 models with the 4.7- and 5.7-liter V8s, so no V6 Warrior for you.

[Source: PickupTruck.com, photo: PickupTruck.com]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      'Toyota Tundra Warrior' - 'Ford F-150 Raptor'...
      What the hell is the sense of such cars and their names?
      Mostly mental penis enlargement I guess???
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wannabees????? Chevys and Fords and I guess Dodges have already proven that they can get the job done. So a PS Egg looking like truck that only strenght is its I Force 5.7 can go fast. I am not trying to bash the Tundra but it still has to prove itself. US Automakers might outsource their plants to its neighbors but their more American than Toyota will ever be. Blah blah blah but the Tundra is made in San Antonio, with American parts..... its been said before. Don’t get me wrong, I am a for competition am not xenophobic, but for a tundra to be bashing The Big Threes truck is BS.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Toyota is really a environment friendly company. I mean business environment not natural environment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't you all know?

      A Tundra that gets 12 mpg is far superior, environmentally to an F-150 that gets 12 mpg.

      Because Toyota is a green company. At least that what the main stream media tells me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The only Fords that get the horrific mileage Tundra does are the Super Duty trucks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nearly all the 1/2 trucks get bad mileage about 12 to 17 mpg. The only near efficient gas motor is the Chevy 6.0 that at least should get you 20mpg on highway.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great!!! another vehicle to show people that your are cool that gets 12 MPG
      • 7 Years Ago
      Of coarse Dodge discontinued the SRT10 Ram right when things started heating up...I liked that truck too...

      Maybe Toyota should stick with hybrid stuff...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think Toyota's doing a pretty good job of beating the cheap Ford, Chevy and Dodge imports.

      It's hard to design, build and deliver 1/2 ton trucks in the US with all these above mentioned wanna-be's coming in from Mexico and Canada.
      • 7 Years Ago

      do you realize that the ford f-150 is built in america(i believe viginia? and dearborn?) not canada or mexico.
      • 7 Years Ago
      3 internal links on this 1 post.

      /I'm just sayin'
        • 7 Years Ago
        You don't have to click on them - just offering some context. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a newcomer to the truck market and being an unbiased brand owner, i am still suprised at the negative press autobloggers give the tundra. I agree, its faults and recalls are unacceptable, but expected on a completely new platform, especially Toyota. Just because your number 1, dont start dropping your quality. However, the chevy/gmc doesn't seem much better and not one owner i know comes anywhere near its apparent 20mpg. Complete bullsh$t. The dodge interior is a disgrace. And the F-150? Being the no1 selling vehicle doest tell me how good it is, just how many stupid people live in this country. Poor peformance, poor economy and build quality to meet or below its rivals. Titan? Poor interior but otherwise quite good. Pity about the horrible rear diff choice. If i had to drive a big stinking truck, the the Toyota or a Chevy would be a close call.
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