2011 Toyota Tundra Will Add Trailer Sway Control, Other Changes


Toyota has announced several important mechanical and feature changes for the 2011 Tundra light-duty pickup truck.

The 2011 Tundra will get several interior updates that include discontinuing an ashtray as a standard feature and replacing the cigarette lighter with a 12-volt power outlet. The headrests have been revised with a new design.

Mechanical changes include updating the base 4.0-liter V-6 engine with a dual VVT-i system with roller rockers and hydraulic lifters that can variably adjust both the intake and exhaust valves for enhanced performance and efficiency.

To help improve towing safety, trailer-sway control programming and brake override technology have been added as standard equipment, but Toyota has yet to add a factory-installed integrated trailer brake controller option, which is offered in Ford, GM and Chrysler full-size pickups.

Trailer sway control uses a truck's stability control sensors to detect unintended side-to-side movement at the rear wheels while towing and uses the truck's ABS system to help counteract yaw caused by unwanted trailer motion. A trailer brake controller allows the driver to control the amount of gain (brake boost) applied to the trailer's electric brakes when the driver applies the vehicle's brakes.

The MSRP for the 2011 Tundra will range from $23,935 for the regular cab 4.0-liter V-6 two-wheel-drive model to $42,455 for the Limited Crew Max 5.7-liter V-8 four-wheel-drive model, an increase range of $425 to $480, or up to 1.7 percent. There will be no price increase for high-end Limited models.

[Source: Toyota via TundraHeadquarters]


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