ANN ARBOR, MI
– Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., has unveiled long-bed versions of the all-new 2007 Tundra full-size pickup truck. The unveiling took place as part of Toyota’s participation in the annual National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Product Conference, held in Dearborn, Mich.Aftermarket equipment manufacturers had the opportunity to obtain technical data and examine the Tundra Long-Bed work truck in detail five months prior to the vehicle’s launch. In private sessions closed to the public, and closed to other truck manufacturers, NTEA members will be afforded an early first-look at new, yet- to-be-launched pickup trucks.On Sept. 20, Toyota participated in an NTEA measuring session, where it showed two truck configurations developed specifically for work truck customers who consider their full-size pickup truck the most important tool in their bag.The new Tundra Long Bed will be available in Regular and Double Cab versions. With a 165-inch wheelbase, the Tundra Double Cab Long Bed will be the longest pickup in the Toyota truck lineup. It will be suitable for carrying a crew of six-plus maximum cargo. The Tundra Regular Cab Long Bed will provide extra storage capacity behind the driver’s seat and the largest interior volume in its class.Both long bed configurations will come with a choice of three engines, including a 5.7L, V-8 that offers maximum towing of well over 10,000 lbs. and a payload capacity to compete with the best in the half-ton class.With an eight-foot one-inch bed and a substantial bed depth, the Tundra Long Bed will have the deepest box in its class below the rails. To maximize flexibility, the bed will be equipped with the expected six standard size stake pockets, four corner tie-down hooks, as well as an optional deck rail system.The SR5 grade Tundra Long Beds will offer a wide variety of functional options, appearance accessories, and upgraded fabrics and trim. Regular Cab models will also feature a standard grade featuring heavy-duty vinyl flooring and basic equipment targeted specifically for work applications and commercial use.