Let’s talk about a truck that’s jam-packed with safety features, is technologically savvy, capable of the tough stuff, and is assembled exclusively in the United States. Let’s talk about a truck that can tow, off-road, and features a sleek interior.
This truck has new features for 2019, and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s the Toyota Tundra.
A truck is only as good as its foundation. That’s why the 2019 Toyota Tundra features a TripleTech frame, allowing for a 10,200-lb max towing capacity (SAE J2807 towing standard compliant). What makes it “triple”? The wide, full-boxed rails for the front portion, a reinforced C-channel under the cab, and an open C-channel beneath the bed for strength, durability, and ride quality.
Choose between two available i-Force V8 engines with the Tundra: the standard 4.6-L i-Force V8 that produces 310 hp at 5,600 rpm and 327 lb-ft of torque at 3,400 rpm or the 5.7-L that produces 381 hp at 5,600 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm.
Both engines use an aluminum cylinder block, double overhead-cam heads with four valves per cylinder, an Acoustic Control Induction System for a broad torque curve, and Dual Independent Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). All models are equipped with a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.
TOW IT ALL
If your application requires a bit of towing, the 2019 Toyota Tundra can handle it. The Tundra features a standard Tow Hitch Receiver and the Tow Package is available on all grades. A one-piece towing receiver uses high-strength bolts that integrate it into the frame. The 5.7-L Tundra’s Tow Package also upgrades Tundra’s cooling and electrical systems. The integrated engine and transmission oil coolers along with an added heavy-duty battery and alternator help the powertrain handle the demands of towing under a full load.
The Tow Package features a TOW/HAUL mode that adjusts throttle sensitivity and transmission shift control, holding lower gears when accelerating or decelerating to help enhance safety and control. Worried about trailer sway? You won’t be in the Tundra. Trailer Sway Control, a function of Vehicle Stability Control, facilitates safe towing by counteracting forces that cause trailer sway. A Trailer Brake Controller allows the driver to view the status of the trailer on the multi-information display screen.
All Tundra models are equipped with a standard backup camera, and select 5.7-L models have available heated and outside tow mirrors with turn signal indicators and manual-extend features.
TRD PRO IS BACK
Sometimes a worksite is off the beaten path, and the Tundra has you covered. The off-roading TRD Pro is back for the Tundra in 2019, and it’s better than before. The Tundra TRD Pro is ready to hit the trails as it is fitted with Fox 2.5-inch front shocks and TRD-tuned springs that provide an additional 2 inches of front lift. Fox 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks in the rear feature piggyback reservoirs to ensure consistent damping performance in tough terrain. The suspension changes net increased rear wheel travel of more than 2 inches.
The 2019 TRD Pro features Rigid Industries LED fog lights for greater visibility on and off the highway. A new TOYOTA grille graces the front, along with a new hood scoop that adds a brawny touch. The TRD Pro features new 18-inch BBS forged-aluminum wheels that reduce un-sprung mass by 3.35 lbs per wheel to improve cornering response and overall ride quality. But all of this toughness also has a soft side found in the cab.
LAP OF LUXURY
The smooth and comfortable ride of the 2019 Toyota Tundra might trick you into thinking you just bought a luxury vehicle. Its soft-touch surfaces, seat stitching, and high-granulated paint on the center cluster enhance the quality and durability of the interior. Standard High Solar Energy-Absorbing (HSEA) glass helps filter out solar heat and UV light energy that could be damaging to cabin materials.
Tundra gauges are grouped in a clear, easy-to-see design. There is also a center-mounted multi-information display screen. Large knobs are featured on the dash that can be operated while wearing gloves, and the console offers multiple storage areas for personal items, work items, tablets, etc. All models feature standard Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming.
All models also have windshield wiper deicer, front and rear mudguards, power windows and door locks, and heated and power outside mirrors as standard features.
Every grade of the 2019 Tundra is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense-P (TSS-P). TSS-P is a suite of safety features that includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function, Lane Departure Alert, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beams. The standard Toyota Star Safety System for Tundra includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Smart Stop Technology (SST) brake override technology.
The Tundra features eight standard airbags, with an Advanced Airbag System for the driver and front outboard passenger. Safety should be a top priority for you and your drivers, but when you add a Tundra to your fleet, safety will be the least of your worries.
When adding a Toyota Tundra to your fleet, you won’t be left to fend for yourself as soon as you drive it off the lot. Toyota’s 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. ToyotaCare is also standard with the purchase of a Tundra. ToyotaCare is a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles.
With these perks, safety features, luxury, and capability, don’t you think it’s time to upgrade your fleet trucks to a 2019 Toyota Tundra?
MODERN WORK TRUCK SOLUTIONS: DECEMBER 2018 ISSUE
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