Thursday, February 09, 2006

Autoshow Season - Uh oh! Toyota's new Tundra

2007 Toyota TundraDetroit...we have a problem. Where Nissan dared tread, but did so with a funky looking full-size that didn't appeal to the die-hard full-sized truck buyer...Toyota has aimed at exactly what these buyers want and delivered.

Amazing what being profitable does for your ability to bring out a product as broad of scope as a full-sized pickup in the domestic makers' vein. The new Tundra will be available with 3 engines (4.0l V-6, 4.7l V-8, and a new 5.7l V-8 of unspecified hp and torque - but expected to be the most powerful V-8 in any full-sized pickup). Towing capacity is stated to be up to 10000 lbs.

2007 Toyota Tundra interiorInside is a stylish, functional, and otherwise typical Toyota car-like interior with a heavy layer of butch added to make it appeal to the buyers of competing full-sizers.

In case you were wondering how this new, bigger Tundra stacks up against its competition...here's how it looks to us (stats are currently only available for the Tundra 4x4 crew-cab - so that's what we used to put together this chart). We ignored the Dodge Ram Mega-Cab since that beast is a class of its own (we used the 4x4 quad-cab instead).









 Toyota TundraNissan TitanFord F-150Chevy SilveradoDodge Ram
Length228.7224.2235.8230.2227.7
Width79.978.878.978.579.6
Height76.476.776.078.576.5
Wheelbase145.7139.8150.5143.5140.5
Bed Length78.767.178.869.276.3
Bed Width65.063.8-61.966.4
Width between wheelwells50.0-50.050.051.0
Bed Depth22.319.922.219.520.2


Unfortunately, it remains to be seen exactly how the interior room, hp, fuel economy, and other stats (like price) stack up against the competition.

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