The Toyota T100 is often confused with the RK100, but they both are different. The T100 was a full-sized pickup truck first launched as 1993 model year by Toyota in 1992.
Although, we described it as a full-sized pickup truck, in fact it was a hint smaller than a typical full-sized pickup. However, it was slightly larger than the mid-sizes Dodge Dakota offered at that time. The T100 failed to bring the required sales for the company as they hoped for.
Despite of the slow sales in the beginning, the T100 managed to reach into the mid 40,000 units sold in United States by the end of 1996. Compared to the competitors, these numbers were very small. For instance, General Motors was selling around 700,000 units of its pickup in a year; Ford sales raised from 550,000 to 850,000 units; and the Dodge sales also increased from 100,000 units to 400,000 with the launch of Dodge Ram (1994). The introduction of Dodge Ram cut the T100 sales by 30% in the United States.
At the time of launch, T100 was available with one cab configuration powered by a 3.0-L V6 engine capable of generating 150 hp (112 kW) and torque of 180lb-ft (244 Nm). Toyota released a new 2.7-L I4 engine with an output of 150 hp (112 kW) and torque of 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) in 1994. The 2.7 L engine was added with a view to raise the sales by offering better fuel economy and that too on low price (lower than previous model). Toyota soon realized that the only way to attract the mass customers except for increasing the output of the truck. In 1995, the company added a new 3.4-L V6 engine capable of generating 190 hp (142 kW) and torque of 220 lb-ft (298 Nm). In the similar year, Toyota also launched the Xtra Cab version of the T100 pickup truck.
Since its appearance, the T100 received only minor changes except for the addition of new engines in the lineup or Xtra Cab. In 1994, the company introduced driver-side airbags as standard. Majority of the 4×4 models started receiving the larger 16-inch rims by 1997.
A supercharger was released in 1997 by the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) for its 3.4-L V6 engine. The supercharger then made available for the Toyota’s lineup including T100, Tacoma and the 4Runner. The supercharger increased the power to 260 hp (194 kW) and torque of 265 lb-ft (359 Nm). TRD device was only compatible with the T100 models produced in 1997 and 1998; all the previous didn’t support the device.
The T100 was available in three trim levels including base model, the DX and the upscale SR5. The T100 offered a maximum towing capacity of 5200 lbs (2360 kg) with a payload limit if 2450 lbs.
In 1998, the Toyota opened a new Tundra Gibson County, Indiana plant in the United States as a result of which the production was shifted to United States. The T100 was regarded as the last pickup truck manufactured for the North American market in Japan.
The T100 was ceased and replaced by larger Tundra with V8 engine in 1998.