The Toyota Tundra pickup truck could be a novelty in the range of modifications: the Japanese manufacturer plans to create a competitor to the Ford F-150 Raptor. This was reported by The Drive, citing sources within the company. According to the publication, the extreme tundra receiver will be similar to the TRD Desert Chase prototype built for the SEMA exhibit.
Produced for the SEMA show in November last year, the Toyota Tundra Desert Chase prototype was distinguished by a wide body kit, safety frame and additional front and roof lighting. The 18-inch forged wheels are fitted with 37-inch General Grabbers tires. Two more tires were placed on the hull. In addition, the supercharger was equipped with a long suspension and the necessary all-terrain equipment (jack, carbon dioxide cylinder, as well as water and fuel containers).
The demonstration was based on the Tundra TRD Pro powered by the i-Force Max hybrid powertrain. The hybrid unit includes a 3.5-liter V6 turbocharged engine, an electric motor placed between the engines and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The total power of the hybrid unit is 443 horsepower and 790 Nm. The power unit of the extreme version is likely to be a little more powerful, as its main competitor Ford F-150 Raptor is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 HO EcoBoost engine with 456 horsepower.
The extreme Tunra pickup truck debut could take place during a desert race where the pickup truck will show its potential. Although such information has been voiced by insiders, Toyota has not officially confirmed this information.