Toyota Global has launched the all-new 3rd Generation Toyota Tundra. This one is faster, bigger and more efficient than the last generation. Everything is BIG in Texas. The full-size Truck is LHD only /North American market exclusive and assembled Toyota Motor Manufacturing, TX.
Variants of New Toyota Tundra
The company is offering six variants; SR, SR5, LIMITED, PLATINUM, 1794 and Top of the line TRD-PRO. Pricing for the new Truck is unknown, but the previous generation starts @ around $35000. Expect the new one to start around the same price and can reach/ cross $60K for the loaded variant.
Some of the main rivals are Chevy Silverado, Dodge RAM, Nissan Titan, GMC Sierra and the world’s best selling Ford F- Series.
New V6 Engine
The V8 is dead. The pickup is available with a 3.5L Twin Turbo V6 pumping 389HP & 649NM of Torque. The second engine is 3.5LV6 Twin Turbo Hybrid making 437HP & 790NM Torque. 10 speed automatic transmission is standard on both engines. Hybrid gets an electric motor coupled between the engine and transmission.
Meanwhile, the previous generation Tundra with 5.7L naturally aspirated V8 was making 381HP and 544NM of Torque. The newer turbocharged engine with lower displacement makes more power and Torque, beside being more fuel-efficient.
Exterior of Toyota Tundra
The Truck is available in Double-Cab and Crew-Max configurations. Depending on body style, 5.5, 6.5- or 8.1-feet long Bed will be available. The Truck has a payload capacity of 880kgs [ increase of 11% over last gen] while it can tow a 5.4 Ton trailer [ increase of 17.6% over the last generation].
The new model is based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture and specifically the GA-F platform, which is designed for the body on frame SUVs and pickup trucks. The pickup shares its underpinning with the new LC300 Land Cruiser. The Hybrid powertrain in Tundra means we will see a Turbo hybrid V6 on the Land Cruiser as well during its life cycle.
Moreover, the new Truck comes with sharp new styling, making it more muscular and conventional. The biggest change is a massive front grille that is visually linked to the ground via a C-shaped radiator shell, with a blackout panel on the bumper gives the Truck a gaping maw of a mouth.
Then comes the chiselled wheel arches making the side profile rather interesting. The new integrated rear bumper ditches the more traditional separate steel unit. The company wanted to give the new Tundra a pinch of modernity with blacked-out-A-and B-pillars, giving the greenhouse a canopy appearance and emphasize its big windows. Like before, the new Tundra offers a rear window that drops down into the bulkhead.
Photo Credits: Motor1
The first thing to be praised is an impressive low dashboard which surprisingly offers several features of technology. The Truck has an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, while higher-end models will get a 14-inch touchscreen mounted high on the dashboard. The new vehicle finally ditches Toyota’s awful infotainment software replacing it with a new tech suite that is more responsive and efficient.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard in all variants, while additional features like Amazon Music and Apple Podcasts will also be available. The whole interior gives a clean and chic look with a thick metal-toned trim supported by HVAC vents. There is ample room in the front row with a deeper centre console providing space for handbag, laptop and other daily accessories. Then comes the side-by-side cupholders and an upright charging pad.
However, the situation for back-seat passengers is not that good with less rear headroom, mainly due to an optional sunroof, while legroom seems excellent all around.