1999 Toyota Tundra
Here is the most recent information
I have on the new Toyota Tundra pickups replacing the current T100
in the lineup.
Toyota expects to go head
to head with the Big Three in full size trucks. The Tundra
takes the lessons learned from Toyota's poor first effort with the
T100 and has turned them into one tough truck. Responding
to customer and marketplace demands, Toyota has given this truck
a V8 - and not just any V8. The 4.7liter V8 is also used in
the full size Lexus LX470 and Toyota Land Cruiser. It generates
245hp@4,800rpm and 220lbs-ft of torque at 3,400rpm.
Cab options include both
regular and extended cabs. The extended cab will sport four
doors but with handles on the outside of the cab as opposed to Ford,
Chevy, Dodge, and GMC which place handles to the extra doors inside
the truck. Count on plenty of places to store stuff in the
|The Interior of the truck is standard
Toyota - logically arranged and very carlike. Looks like
Toyota did steal some notes from the Ford Taurus on the radio
and HVAC controls.
Toyota is predicting sales
of around 80,000 units the first year. This versus annual
sales of 750K for Ford, 550K for Chevy, and 350K for Dodge.
Prices have not yet been announced but should be at least the same
as the T100 if not lower because the Tundra will be produced in
Princeton, Indiana at a new U.S. plant instead of imported from
Japan where the T100 was made. Expect to see it on sale in
about May of 1999.
Interesting Fact: Toyota
was originally going to call the Tundra the T150 but backed down
when Ford threatened to sue because T150 sure sounds a heck of a
lot like F150.
315lbs ft @4000rpm
330lbs ft @3000rpm
335lbs ft @3200rpm