Toyota Considers Heavy-Duty Pickup
Washington DC November 5, 2007; The AIADA newsletter reported that at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show last week, Toyota Motor Corp. quietly parked in its display of wild tuner cars the Tundra Diesel Dually, a concept truck that could be a template for Toyota's entry into heavy-duty pickups.
According to Automotive News, the Tundra Diesel Dually is Toyota's challenge to the Ford Super Duty pickups, GM's heavy-duty versions of the Chevrolet Silverado, and Chrysler's heavy-duty Dodge Ram.
The Tundra Diesel Dually boasts an 8.0-liter inline-six turbocharged diesel engine, a lengthened Tundra frame, and an Eaton five-speed manual transmission.
Toyota has long been expected to build a big diesel-powered version of the Tundra, but the automaker had said only that it was studying the idea. The Diesel Dually, which features four rear wheels with 22.5-inch tires, shows Toyota could jump into the market quickly.
Tundra Diesel Dually Project Truck
"Road Warrior" exterior combined with luxury Interior
Making a bold and adventurous statement about the contrasts between rugged "Road Warrior" performance and opulent luxury, a Toyota Tundra CrewMax diesel dually project truck made its debut at the 2007 SEMA Show.
At its core, the Tundra light duty pickup's stock engine was replaced with a medium duty diesel powerplant plucked from a 35,000-pound commercial truck. The 8.0-liter inline six-cylinder high-torque engine, made by Toyota affiliate Hino, is mated with an Eaton five-speed manual transmission and a Hino back end. Toyota Motorsports Technical Group heavily modified the Tundra to accommodate the beefed-up driveline.
A host of custom exterior treatments point to the off-the-charts muscle under the hood. Prominent examples include forged aluminum alloy 22.5-inch wheels custom made by Alcoa, a diamond plate-lined bed, a charcoal gray metallic flat paint finish and a fifth-wheel hitch rated at 24,000 pounds.
The muscular theme on the outside shifts dramatically to that of luxury on the inside with hand-sewn ginger leather seats, suede pillars and headliner and dual rear captain's chairs with individual DVD entertainment systems.
PARTNERS: Engineering by Motorsports Technical Group Interior by Fast Ed's Interiors Paint by Focus on Cars Wheels by Alcoa Power steps and fuel door by Amp Research Sound system by Kenwood Sound installation by Beach Auto Sound Lighting by PIAA Exhaust by Magnaflow 5th wheel hitch by Reese TOYOTA TUNDRA DIESEL DUALLY PROJECT TRUCK SPECIFICATIONS SEMA CONCEPTS CAB TYPE CrewMax, 6'5" Bed on lengthened frame ENGINE Hino JO8E-TB Medium Duty 6 cylinder Turbo Diesel (intended for 35K lb truck) DRIVETRAIN Eaton 5 speed manual transmission (medium duty application) Hino Medium Duty rear end with Meritor Axles Alcoa 22.5X9 Dually rear wheels and Floatation wheel fronts EXTERIOR Color Matte Charcoal Metallic Trim (Theme) Satin Brushed Nickel Grille Surround Brushed Metal Bed Raw diamond plate lined Wheels 22.5" Alcoa 10 hand hole forged alloy wheels Tires Michelin Energy 295/60/22.5 Suspension Custom dual front struts with Bilstein dampers, Deaver spring pack in rear Fascia Restyled front bumper insert Diamond Plate Rear Bumper Lighting PIAA P4000 Quattro cab lights, LED clearance lights on side and rear INTERIOR (Fast Ed's Interiors) Color Ginger soft touch leather with french stitching and perforated inserts Dash Brished satin aluminum dash panel Shift Knob Ginger leather wrap Steering Wheel Ginger leather wrap Seats Rear bench seat converted to two power captain's chairs and console Headliner Taupe ultrasuede Knobs Satin Brushed Nickel HVAC knobs Door panels Fully leather wrapped in Ginger with french stitching and perforated inserts Door Handles Satin Brushed Nickel Door Sills Satin Brushed Nickel Sound System Kenwood touch panel with full Kenwood sound system Features Navigation, dual rear seat entertainment EXTRAS Reese Signature Series 24K hitch AMP Research electrically retractable step boards AMP research billet fuel filler door Magnaflow 4.5" Polished stainless steel exhaust