Toyota Tundra "Warrior"
By: Mike Levine Posted: 02-07-08 13:20 ET
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Update #1: 02-13-08 06:45 PT

Toyota sources tell PickupTruck.com that even though this package is still being considered as an option group for the Tundra, it won't be called "Warrior", due to trademark concerns over the name with another auto manufacturer.

General Motors was rumored to have considered using the name Chevrolet Warrior for a 'baby' Avalanche built off the now discontinued Trailblazer SUV, but the sport utility truck never materialized back in 2002.

Similar concerns at that time pointed to Navistar International as the owner of the "Warrior" nameplate for a pickup that would have been brought to market under the old International Harvester brand.

Toyota buried a "prototype" Tundra Double Cab in its spread of trucks on the floor at this year's Chicago Auto Show. It's similar in appearance to the TRD Off-Road Concept shown last year at SEMA in Las Vegas.

Toyota spokesperson Joe Tetherow told PickupTruck.com that Toyota is looking to gauge consumer reaction to the trucks's "Warrior" trim package.

The plaque next to the truck reads:

"The 2008 Tundra Warrior presents a new, aggressive attitude for Tundra. The Warrior fights against convention with its monochromatic black exterior treatment, which includes the bumpers, grille surround, headlight bezels, tinted taillights and ceramic coated TRD dual exhaust. The new TRD forged 17" wheels compliment the bold look and capabilities of this Special Edition Concept, as do the brushed metal finish of the mirrors, door handles and billet aluminum fuel door.

The Warrior theme continues to the interior, which features an all-black treatment, including the headliner. Brushed metal surfaces reinforce the tough image of the Warrior, and CAD accessory pedals and shift knob round off the package. The Tundra Warrior is a Special Edition Concept based on the SR5 grade package. Possible configurations include both 4.7-L and 5.7-L iForce V8 engines, as well as 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains."

Exterior
Color: Midnight Black
Grille: Surround Body Color
Grille insert: Satin Midnight Chrome
Hood: Flat black center section
Bed: Genuine Accessory Bedliner
Wheels: 17" TRD Forged Off-Road wheel
Tires: Goodyear Wrangler MT/R 305/70/17
Suspension: TRD Off Road Bilstein Shocks with 2" level
Fascia: Restyled front lower fascia
Front Bumper: Resin body color
Rear Bumper: Body color
Mirror Shells: Satin Midnight Chrome
Graphics: Warrior Logo on doors and tailgate
Headlights: Charcoal headlight bezels
Taillights: Light tint
Foglights: PIAA Ion Crystal Foglight Kit for 2007 Tundra
Fuel Door: AMP Research
Exhaust: TRD Dual Exhausts

Interior
Color: Black
Dash/Door/Console Trim: Brushed Titanium Look
Instrument Bezels: Satin Midnight Chrome
Sound System: Factory Nav with JBL

The truck will be traveling to the Dallas Auto Show next.

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