Toyota Australia has kicked off its Tundra evaluation program with the first re-engineered right-hand drive vehicles now in some customers hands. Known as the Insider Program, it will see 300 potential buyers lease the US-sourced pickup truck.
Offered on a Full Service Lease basis as part of a real-world evaluation and validation program, customers will report back regularly to Toyota on their experience with the Walkinshaw Automotive Group built vehicles.
Apart from moving the steering wheel and pedals to the right-hand side, the US-built Tundra Limited features several new or modified components including the steering rack, instrument panel, firewall, headlights, cabling, harnesses, and front seats.
Carpet and trim have also been modified, with many of the new components sourced from the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series. The Tundra Limited is powered by a 3.5-litre twin turbo V6 petrol engine, delivering 290kW and 650Nm.
This is paired with a 36kW/250Nm electric motor generator and 6.5Ahr nickel metal hydride battery (Ni-MH) that delivers total outputs of 326kW and 790Nm. The i-Force Max powertrain delivers extra punch for a strong acceleration, particularly when towing.
The engine drives through a 10-speed automatic transmission with Eco, Normal and Sport modes that is combined with a part-time all-wheel drive system with a two-speed transfer case and automatic limited slip differential.
With a maximum braked towing capacity of 4500kg, the Tundra also offers two selectable tow modes that optimise transmission shift points, pedal response and power steering depending on the load.
Sitting on a ladder-frame chassis with a front double wishbone and rear multi-link suspension, the Tundra features electrically-assisted rack and pinion power steering. Stopping power is provided by big 354mm front and 335mm rear ventilated discs.
As a full size pickup, the Tundra sits on a 3700mm wheelbase with a wide front and rear track of 1737mm providing on and off-road stability. Its rigid body measures 5955mm long and 2040mm wide. It tips the scales 2778kg.
Inside you’ll find seating for five with a 60/40-split rear seat back. All seats are trimmed in synthetic leather with 8-way power adjustment, and heating and ventilation, for the front pair. A leather-accented transmission shifter and steering wheel are included.
All essential information is provided by a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, with a central digital speedometer and analogue-style tachometer. Dual-zone climate control with rear seat vents, and power windows, including the sliding rear glass, also features.
A wireless phone charger, five USB ports, and adaptive cruise control join a huge 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It features Bluetooth, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto, AM/FM/DAB+ radio and a 12-speaker JBL speaker system.
The Tundra comes standard with a 3500kg tongue and ball (capable of 4500kg with appropriate tongue and ball accessory), 12-pin wiring harness, trailer brake control system and a trailer back up guide that provides visual and audible assistance when reversing.
A full suite of Toyota Safety Sense features include the autonomous emergency braking pre-collision safety system with day and night pedestrian and daytime cyclist detection, lane departure alert, lane trace assist, emergency steering assist and automatic high beam.
For a single monthly payment of $2,500, the lease covers all six-monthly/10,000km scheduled servicing and maintenance, mechanical repairs, replacement tyres, and roadside assist. Comprehensive insurance and rego are also included.
If you’re interested in being part of the Tundra evaluation program, contact your local Toyota dealer.