Thursday, February 09, 2006

New Toyota Tundra is BIG News in Chicago

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Bigger is better in every dimension and every significant specification, if the 2007 Toyota Tundra unveiled today at the Chicago Auto Show is an indication. More power. More towing capacity. More length. More width. More .... everything.

Here's how the official Toyota news release describes the second generation Tundra:

"'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."

To read the whole release from Toyota, go here.