First Look: 2012 Toyota Tundra


The Toyota Tundra gets very minor changes for 2012. Mechenically, the 2012 Tundra remains the same, but Toyota has simplified some option packages.

A new stand-alone Chrome Package will include a chrome exhaust tip, side mirrors, door handles and 18-inch covered steel wheels. It's available only on Double Cab and CrewMax models. (The CrewMax is pictured above.)

The interior packaging choices have been revised and grouped into four main options: Convenience, Convenience with bucket seats, Upgrade and SR5, the latter of which will now include power seats and the rear window slider on all Double Cab models.

Other interior changes for 2012 include a black upper instrument panel and floor carpets standard on all models, regardless of other interior color choice. In addition, Toyota has broken the Towing Package out of other bundled packages as a separate option, requiring buyers to check a box to get the bigger gears, extra cooling, 7-pin connector, temperature gauge and HD battery.

Of special note, the 2012 Tundra is expected to get a new navigation system in January, and Toyota has decided not to offer a navigation system on 2012 Tundra Grade models until the new system arrives. Also, Toyota will make the backup camera system part of the Rock Warrior package; previously, it was a separate option.

Platinum models will have a Super White exterior color option, as well as styled steel wheels on all models across the lineup.

The 2012 Tundra and will continue to be offered in three cab configurations and will use the same three engine and wheelbase choices as the 2011 model.

You can look at the 2012 pricing info .

Sales of 2011 Tundras have been down considerably, largely because of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that disrupted several different supply chains to many different models in March. With that said, as of this month all the disruption is behind Toyota now and all supply lines are running free, said Bob Carter, Toyota's U.S. vice president and general manager.

Sales are still down, though. To combat this, Automotive News reports that Toyota will ramp up its incentive spending to help models that have fallen behind. for Tundra are down more than 11 percent. In the past, Tundras haven’t had much money on their hoods, but we expect Toyota dealerships to be aggressive when trying to move the 2011 inventory off their lots to make room for 2012s. The end of 2011 could be a great time to buy. 

More pictures below.

2012 Toyota Tundra Double Cab


2012 Toyota Tundra Work Truck


2012 Toyota Tundra Regular Cab


2012 Toyota Tundra With Platinum Package Interior


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