Unveiled to the media last fall in Louisville, Ky., Toyota’s all-new next-generation full-size Tundra pickup has been completely redesigned for the 2007-MY. Mammoth in size and equipped with knockout V-8 punch, the new Tundra is 10 inches longer, five inches taller, and four inches wider than its predecessor. Built entirely in the U.S., Toyota set its sights on “Americanizing” the Tundra to compete in the domestic light-truck market.

With 31 model configurations, the 2007 Tundra is offered in three trim levels (Base, SR5, Limited), three cabs (Regular, Double, CrewMax), three wheelbases (126.8, 145.7, 164.6 inches), and three bed lengths (5.5, 6.5, 8 feet). All beds are 22.2 inches deep, and CrewMax — not currently fleet available — and Double cabs seat up to six passengers.

Styling Inspired by FTX Concept

Sporty and agile in complexion, the 2007 Tundra was styled after the FTX Concept, which debuted in 2004. Borrowed exterior styling features include a pronounced trapezoidal grille, high-mounted jewel-like headlamps, 18-inch wheels, and rounded, athletic body. Inside, the Tundra also adopted the FTX “command and control” philosophy, which provides the driver an unobstructed view of the road and easy access to all knobs and controls. The truck’s adaptable interior is designed to fulfill workstation, comfort, and storage needs. For maximized cargo capacity, the Regular Cab features a 40/20/40 front bench seat and passenger fold flat, while in Double and CrewMax cabs, rear seat backs fold flat into the floor.

Packing V-8 Power

Still reputed a tough and rugged work truck, the Tundra hasn’t compromised its grit for glamour. It can tow up to 10,800 lbs. when equipped with Toyota’s Tow Package featuring the tow/haul shift mode. The Tundra’s powerful 4.0L V-6 236 hp and standard 4.7L i-Force V-8 271-hp engines are mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, while the all-new 5.7L i-Force V-8 381-hp engine carries a six-speed automatic. All three integrate electronic throttle control and variable valve timing with intelligence and both V-8s are available in four-wheel drive. Depending on the powertrain, the 2007 Tundra’s EPA-estimated fuel economy ranges between 14 mpg (city) and 20 mpg (highway).

Standard Safety Features

The Tundra’s STAR safety system comprises a host of standard safety features, including automatic limited-slip differential, providing some wheel slip for better acceleration in snow or mud. Vehicle stability control integrates traction control, helping to keep the truck on the road by automatically applying the brakes to individual wheels when the system detects front- and rear-wheel slide. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist maximize brake pressure for better control. The Tundra is also equipped with standard front- and rear-seat side and roll-sensing side-curtain airbags.

Options and Warranty

Options include a navigation system, backup video camera, and dual-zone automatic climate control (standard in Limited models). The 2007 Tundra is backed by a basic 36-month/36,000-mile warranty.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet