After much (much!) anticipation, the arrival of the all-new third generation Toyota Tundra is almost upon us. And judging from the specs, the wait was well worth it.
The automaker calls this the toughest model yet, featuring a high-strength boxed, steel-ladder frame and aluminum-reinforced composite bed and multi-link rear suspension. Maximum towing capacity has been increased over 17 per cent compared to the previous truck now rated at 12,000 pounds, and maximum payload 11 per cent to 1,940 pounds.
Buyers will be able to choose between two different twin-turbocharged V6 engines: a conventional variant providing 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, or the i-FORCE MAX hybrid with a mighty impressive output of 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque and a low-speed EV mode. Both are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
As always, the latest Tundra is versatile and sold in two four-door configurations each packaging one of two bed sizes: the Double Cab (6.5 or 8.1-foot bed) or the CrewMax (5.5 or 6.5). In addition, a total of six grades are offered from the base SR to top-of-the-line, ultra-rugged TRD Pro.
Inside, there’s more technology than ever before highlighted by the new Toyota Audio Multimedia infotainment system powering either a standard eight-inch touchscreen or available 14 inch boasting pinch-and-zoom functionality.