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Redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra Debuts in Chicago

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Toyota has unveiled the redesigned 2014 Toyota Tundra full-size pickup today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Toyota says that the new Tundra has been redesigned inside and out, while it was designed by Toyota's design centers in Newport beach, Calif. and Ann Arbor. The Tundra will also be built exclusively at Toyota's plant in San Antonio, Texas.

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"Toyota prides itself on listening to its customers and the development of the 2014 American-born Tundra is a perfect example," said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division. "Tundra's new exterior design and all-new interior were inspired by customer feedback requesting a more chiseled exterior and refined interior with improved driver ergonomics, and easy-to-use technology, giving customers more of what they want instead, in addition to what they need."

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The 2014 Tundra will have a grade strategy consisting of the hard-working SR, volume-leading SR5, the well-appointed Limited, and two premium grades: "Platinum" and the all-new "1794 Edition." The new 1794 Edition is a tribute to the ranch, founded in the year 1794, on which the Tundra plant is located in San Antonio. Tundra is offered in three cab styles, two-door Regular Cab, four-door Double Cab and four-door CrewMax, all available in 4x2 and 4x4.

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The 2014 Tundra looks even more rugged thanks to a new front design that integrates the hood and grille for a chiseled and modern industrial image. Designers increased the size of the front fascia and tightened up the surfaces and character lines to punctuate Tundra's pulling power and wide stance. The chrome grille has a taller, bolder look visually connecting the upper intake to the lower bumper. The front lower bumpers are now a three-piece design, allowing for grade differentiation and less expensive replacement parts. In addition, the fenders and wheel wells have been squared-off for a wide and sturdy stance.

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The 2014 Tundra's interior gets improved ergonomics, new front and rear seat designs and the CrewMax's rear seats can now be folded up for more cargo carrying capability. The interior has a rugged, interlocked construction with an all-new instrument panel. The meters feature 3-D metallic rings and individual gauges grouped in a clear, easy-to-see design with a center-mounted multi-information display screen. The console design holds multiple storage areas for personal items and electronics plus additional padded surfaces and accent stitching in premium grades. Both Double Cab and CrewMax will be available with a bench or bucket seats for the front row.

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The 2014 Tundra will be available with three engine options. The base engine is a 4.0L V6 with 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft. of torque that is mated to a five-speed automatic. The available 4.6-liter DOHC i-Force V8 offers 310 horsepower and 327 lb.-ft. of peak torque, and the 5.7-liter DOHC i-Force V8 produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. of peak torque, in both gasoline and "Flex Fuel" variants. Both V8's come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Toyota has also added a few segment firsts like a new Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a standard back-up camera, and standard Bluetooth.

The 2014 Toyota Tundra will arrive in September.

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