Toyota has released detail of their upgraded Tundra line of full-size pickup trucks for 2015. Fresh from a major redesign in 2014, the 2015 Tundra makes some changes and adds features that will make it a stronger player in 2015.
A new brawnier and more capable TRD Pro off-road model will join the Tundra line that includes the SR work truck series, SR volume series that can work or play, the well-equipped and amenity-rich Limited and the two premium trucks, the Platinum and the 1794 Edition. There will be three cab styles: two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab, and the super-sized four-door CrewMax.
The 2015 Tundra power trains are all V8. The previous generation V6 is gone. The standard engine will be the 4.6-liter i-Force V8 that produces 310 horsepower and 327 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The optional – more popular – engine is the 5.7-liter i-Force V8. The 5.7L cranks out 381 horsepower with 401 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Both engines are teamed with a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with 4WD optional.
The Tundra for 2015 runs on uniquely designed wheels for each model with the Tundra SR and SR5 grades using 18-inch styled steel wheels, while the Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition will feature 20-inch alloy wheels. The 2015 Tundra will continue its rugged ride capability through a double A-arm front suspension that uses coil-over spring shock unit. A front-mounted steering rack helps enhance steering feel and response, while decreasing the overall turning diameter. The rear suspension uses staggered shocks mounted outboard of the springs to help improve dampening efficiency. Spring rates are tuned to provide a flat vehicle stance when fully loaded.
To maintain control on or off road, the Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system integrates traction control (TRAC) to enhance grip on or off-road. The Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto-LSD) will augment performance in deep sand, mud and on mixed-friction surfaces. A driver selectable mode control allows a choice of normal mode, VSC, TRAC and Auto-LSD functions to maximize traction and control. The 2015 Tundra 4×4 models have an on-demand, electronically controlled four-wheel drive system featuring 4×2, 4×4 Hi and 4×4 Lo ranges.
For those looking for tow capacity, the 2015 Tundra – with a Tow Package – will have a maximum tow capacity of 10,500 pounds (4×2 Regular Cab) as tested under the J2807 protocol. Special Tow Package rear springs help provide level full-load rear suspension height and maintain a full range of suspension travel. An Integrated Brake Controller (ITBC) will) be available on those models equipped with the 5.7L V8. This was serious omission when they introduced the 2014 versions and will be available later in the model year. Models with the 4.6-liter V8 include an under-dash pre-wire for consumer installation of a trailer brake controller.
Models ordered with the Tow Package will also get a selectable TOW/HAUL shift mode for the 6-speed automatic transmission. Power, heated extendable mirrors are available and back up cameras will come standard on all models. A Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert is available (Limited CrewMax, Platinum and 1794 Edition), which detects vehicles not visible using mirrors alone. The Cross Traffic Alert feature warns drivers of cross traffic via indicator lights in side-view mirrors and a warning buzzer.
2015 Tundra Standard and Feature elements
The 2015 Toyota Tundra is not only a tough truck for off-road and work, it is also a truck for family and recreation. The new generation Tundra has a convenience, comfort and recreational side to offer as well. Toyota has given extra attention to make the cabin ride both softer and quieter with new insulation and noise/vibration dampening elements.
All 2015 models come with a standard back-up camera, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, All have a standard windshield wiper de-icer, front and rear mudguards, power window and door locks, and heated, power, outside mirrors. Standard High Solar Energy-Absorbing (HSEA) glass reduces solar heat transfer keeping the cabin more comfortable in hotter climates.
Convenience is found in the large control knobs that are easily operated even while wearing gloves. The console has abundant storage for personal, work and electronic items. Double Cab and CrewMax models have rear seats that fold up for additional secure cargo capacity. The 2015 Tundra also features an easy-lower-and-lift lockable tailgate that can easily be removed when necessary.
Premium elements in the Limited include leather seating surfaces in Black, Sand Beige or Graphite with matching soft-touch door and console surfaces, and wood-style interior trims. The list of added amenities include dual zone air conditioning and a 10-way power driver seat with power lumbar support. The exterior features chrome door handles and side mirrors, 20-inch alloy wheels and a deck rail system.
At the Platinum and 1794 Edition levels, the seating is upgraded to perforated, premium leather-trim with matching door and instrument panel inserts, and chrome console accent badging. Other amenities include a 12-way power driver’s seat with memory and a 4-way power passenger’s seat, both with heat and ventilation; a 12-speaker touch-screen Entune Premium JBL Audio system with navigation, power moon roof and parking sonar.
The TRD Pro model has a complete TRD suspension upgrade that raises the vehicle by two-inches and creates a higher and level road height that extends wheel travel to all four corners. Its TRD package includes an engine skid plate, larger diameter TRD-tuned Bilstein High-Performance shocks with internal hydraulic bump stops plus piggyback external reservoirs. Other distinctive elements of the TRD Pro include the special blackout Toyota grille, TRD Pro bed panel stamping, matte satin black badges and black headlight bezels. The TRD Pro rides on 18-inch TRD black alloy wheels clad in exclusive Michelin Off-Road Package tires, and even has its owns distinctive sound generated through the TRD dual exhaust system. The exclusive hot color for the TRD Pro is Inferno. Attitude Black and Super White are also available.
The 1794 Edition (we will call it the heritage edition) is named for the ranch property where the Tundra plant sits in San Antonio, Texas. It honors and reflects the tough and rugged traditions of early Texas ranching with its western lifestyle theme. The interior of the 1794 has exclusive saddle brown premium leather-trimmed seating with embossed leather and ultra-suede accents. Matching soft-touch materials accent the shift console, the front and rear door trim, and the instrument panel. The 1794 Edition also includes many of the luxury elements of the Platinum including heated and ventilated front seats, LED daytime running lights and the Entune Premium JBL Audio with navigation.
The Tundra TRD Pro will be available sometime in September. Pricing for the TRD Pro ranges from $41,285 for the Double Cab with the 5.7L V8 to $43,900 for the CrewMax V8. Pricing for the regular Tundra line is SR $29,020, SR5 $30,060, Limited $37,535, with both Platinum and the 1794 priced at $44,825. Prices do not include delivery, processing and handling.