The 2024 Tundra enters with new options for exterior looks and off-road performance, Toyota announced on Aug.22. The Toyota racing development (TRD) off-road package is now available on Platinum grade 4×4 as is a three-inch suspension lift kit, now available as a factory-installed accessory.
The lineup for the 2024 Tundra offers SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, and 1794 grades.
Putting More Power in Powertrains
The Tundra offers new powertrains: a twin-turbo V6 engine and a hybrid twin-turbo V6 Both engines team with a 10-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence (ECTi). The new 10-speed features a sequential shift mode, uphill/downhill shift logic, and TOW/HAUL driving modes.
The i-FORCE, twin-turbo V6 uses DOHC 24-valve cylinder heads and dual VVTi systems to yield 389 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque.
The i-FORCE MAX hybrid powertrain has 437 horsepower at 5,200 rpm, and 583 lb.-ft. of torque at a low 2,400 rpm. This new powerhouse is also efficient, with up to EPA-estimated 20 MPG city/24 MPG highway/22 MPG combined fuel economy ratings, depending on model grade and drivetrain.
The new i-FORCE MAX combines the twin-turbo V6 with a motor generator with a clutch located within the bell housing between the engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The motor generator provides additional power through the transmission, while the engine start-up, EV driving, electric assist, and energy regeneration are done via the hybrid components. The system employs a 288V sealed nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery located under the rear passenger seats.
Standard on Tundra TRD Pro models and 4×4 trucks equipped with the off-road package are off-road upgrades that enhance off-pavement exploration.
CRAWL control functions as a low-speed, off-road cruise control that allows the driver to focus on steering while the Tundra maintains one of five selectable speeds.
TRD Pro and 4×4 Tundras equipped with the off-road package come standard with an electronically locking rear differential to provide added traction in 4WD low applications.
The multi-terrain monitor also comes standard with the Pro and TRD off-road 4×4, allowing the driver to check the immediate surroundings for potential obstacles. Pressing a button on the console activates front, rear, and side-camera views on the center display.
Homegrown: For Truck People, By Truck People
The Toyota Tundra was designed in the U.S. and is assembled exclusively at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas (TMMTX) in San Antonio.
Steel is used throughout the chassis to help increase rigidity over the previous generation Tundra, while aluminum is used in key areas to help reduce weight. Frame crossmembers are more than double in size to provide additional reinforcement and rigidity.
A new front cross member is used for the steering, which adds rigidity while enhancing steering input and handling dynamics for the driver. For Limited grade and above, the cab is mounted to the frame with hydraulic mounts to enhance ride comfort.
All Tundras feature a power-release tailgate controlled from the key fob.
The third-generation Tundra ditched leaf springs in favor of a new multi-link rear suspension. The change helps improve ride comfort, straight-line stability, and overall handling dynamics.
The maximum towing capacity for Tundra increases 17.6% over the previous generation, to 12,000 pounds. The maximum payload increases to 1,940 pounds, an improvement of more than 11%.
For TRD Off-Road packages, Bilstein monotube shocks improve damping for on- and off-highway driving. For maximum off-road performance, TRD Pro grades are fitted with 2.5-inch diameter FOX internal bypass shocks. The front FOX shocks provide the truck with a 1.1-inch front lift.
The Tundra is available with a rear air suspension system with automatic and manual leveling functions. Another first for Tundra is the available adaptive variable suspension (AVS) system.
Premium Towing Machine
Beyond the added chassis strength, the Tundra offers features to help make towing easier. For added visibility when trailering, the available panoramic view monitor (PVM) uses cameras to display a top-down view of the truck on the available 14-inch display.
Views include the rear truck bed to check on cargo, a rear split view to show what’s nearby on each side of the trailer, and a hitch view to assist with trailer connecting.
Available power extending and folding tow mirrors offer an improved view of a trailer, thanks to a taller profile and revised mirror curvature that help enhance the driver’s field of view. The new mirrors are heated and feature integrated turn signals and blind spot monitor (BSM) notifications.
They also house the cameras for the PVM/MTM systems. LED trailering lights on the mirrors are controlled from inside the cabin to provide light rearward toward the trailer when needed.
When connected with Toyota’s integrated trailer brake controller, the Tundra’s available blind spot monitor can recognize blind spots for both the truck and the trailer. The available new air suspension system offers the ability to load-level the rear height to achieve the right balance between the truck and trailer.
TSS 2.5 Standard on All Tundras
Tundra models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 on every grade. This advanced system includes:
- Pre-collision System with pedestrian detection with intersection support
- Road sign assist (RSA)
- Full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control (DRCC)
- Lane-keeping technology: lane departure alert with steering assist (LDA w/ SA), lane tracing assist (LTA), and sway warning system
- Automatic high beams (AHB)
- Blind spot monitor (BSM) with rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA) area is available and comes standard on certain grades. Plus, the available parking support brake is designed to implement brake control when there’s a possibility of a collision with a stationary object, approaching vehicle, or while parking
Automatic high beams are designed to detect preceding or oncoming vehicles and automatically switch between high- and low-beam headlights. Road sign assist (RSA) is designed to recognize certain road sign information using a forward-facing camera and display the signs on the multi-information display (MID).
Toyota Audio Multimedia
The third-gen Tundra introduced Toyota’s all-new Audio Multimedia system designed and engineered by Toyota’s Texas-based Connected Technologies team. An all-new Human Machine Interface (HMI) delivers advanced interaction through sight, touch, and voice activation.
The virtual intelligent assistant provides a virtual companion that is more advanced and personalized than ever before. Intelligent assistant requires an active Drive Connect trial or subscription.
Cloud-Based Navigation for Down-to-Earth Adventures
The cloud-based native navigation system offers real-time Over the Air (OTA) updates for mapping and Points of Interest (POIs), as well as integrating Google POI data for up-to-date search capability.
The new navigation system allows drivers and passengers to use voice-activated commands or the touchscreen to search for directions, find points of interest, or explore local businesses.
The agent can request dispatch of emergency services to a vehicle’s exact location or assist authorities in locating a stolen vehicle. Service Connect provides drivers with personalized maintenance updates, vehicle health reports, and maintenance reminders.
Big Screen for Driver
There are two new instrumentation panels on Tundra: the available 12.3-inch TFT panel or a combination meter that includes a 4.1-inch digital multi-information screen (MID) with analog readouts.
Aside from vehicle diagnostics, the new displays also provide access to safety features, navigation, audio controls, off-road features, and towing functions.
On the combination meter, the 4.1-inch MID screen toggles between multiple screen options that include navigation, audio selections, vehicle diagnostics, and more.
Standard with the i-FORCE MAX powertrain, the 12.3-inch display illuminates when the vehicle is powered on to display one of five rotating Tundra animations that fill the screen.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet