As expected, Toyota unveiled today the 2014 Tundra at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show and honestly to tell you, this looks the most significant refresh of the popular pickpup since its launch as a 2007 model. According to the official press release, the 2014 Tundra will be available in five versions: the SR, colume-leading SR5, Limited, Platinum and 1794 Edition.
Regarding the design, the 2014 Toyota Tundra comes with a new hood and grille, chromed grille, new front lower bumpers with a three-piece design, a new bed design, an integrated spoiler and “Tundra” stamped into the sheet metal. The integrated spoiler in the deck helps with fuel efficiency, while the tail lamps express a tool-like quality to match the appearance of the body.
Like the front bumper, the rear bumper changes from one piece to three, for lower replacement costs. Inside, the 2014 Tundra was improved and focuses on styling differentiation between grades and improving the availability of features most important to truck buyers. The SR5 features a professional gear theme, with metallic accents and bold contrasting fabric.
Most importantly, the all-new design uses premium surface treatments to enhance interior quality and durability. The Limited grade features leather seating surfaces matching soft-touch stitched door and console surfaces, and wood-style interior trims. It will be available with Black, Sand Beige and Graphite leather-trimmed interiors and will have standard auto HVAC controls.
Platinum grade gets perforated black leather-trimmed seats with double-stitched diamond plate leather, door and instrument panel inserts, and chrome seat and console accent badging for an upscale yet urban feel.
Moreover, it receives many standard amenities, including a 12-speaker JBL audio system with Entune, heated and ventilated front seats, navigation and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The 1794 Edition offers a western lifestyle theme and includes exclusive premium saddle brown leather seating with embossed leather and ultra-suede accents.
Just like the Platinum, the 1794 Edition includes an array of standard features that includes heated and ventilated front seats, JBL audio and Entune, navigation and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The 2014 Tundra will be available with a choice of three engines. The entry-level 4.0-liter V6 engine (paired with a 5-speed automatic transmission) delivers 270 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. peak torque.
The 4.6-liter V8 engine (paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission) offers 310 horsepower and 327 lb.-ft. of peak torque, while the 5.7-liter DOHC i-Force V8 (paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission) produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of peak torque, in both gasoline and "Flex Fuel" variants.