Forget those grainy spy shots, this is official.
We've known the new third-generation Toyota Tundra was coming down the pipe for a while. We've seen darkened spy shots, we got a look at its new iForce engine, and just yesterday a dealer leaked an honest to goodness full-color picture. At that point, Toyota was sick of it and it revealed the new truck itself.
The new pickup is dominated by the upright, black geometric grille with a cool new LED light package on either side. An auxiliary light sits in the middle, and that combined with the TRD-branded wheels we're guessing this is the off-road package. Both the bumper and wheel arches look to be covered with a Rhino liner-type coating.
We can also see that the DLO (daylight opening) is a little different than the outgoing truck and it looks to be sporting one of the shorter bed packages. We do love the paint scheme though. The overall shape looks pretty cool too, sort of like a bigger Tacoma or pickup-style 4Runner. It looks like it comes with a healthy ground clearance and we're liking the subtle rock rails too. Toyota didn't add any info with the image, so we're left with what we've already predicted.
We've heard that the new twin-turbo V6 will produce 450 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque, going out through a 10-speed automatic. This engine will mate to a hybrid drivetrain, yielding stellar fuel economy of up to 30 mpg. As for the second engine, the details are less clear. If we had to guess, Toyota could offer a less powerful iForce engine as the base powertrain, helping to bring down the Tundra's starting price.
As of right now, we'll say we're cautiously optimistic. We'll get more information soon.