Toyota has revealed the new generation of its rugged SUV the 4Runner with a totally new shape, new trims and new powerplants. Unlike the previous 4Runners which were literally pick up trucks with a roof for the cargo area, the 2010 model has got its own character as a tough and handsome off-roader. It clearly follows the same design line as the FJ-Cruiser.
2010 4Runner is offered in three modes: top-of-the-line Limited, a well-equipped SR5, and the Trail grade for hardcore off-road tasks. It also comes with a pair of good engines to support its four-wheel-drive system which has a central differential lock and can be had in 4×2, or part time 4×4 or full-time 4×4 modes.
Permanent 4x4s get a 4.0-liter V6 VVT-i mated to a five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission with 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. The other engine which is standard for the 4×2 is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with VVT-i with 157 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission.
Toyota has been very keen to make this car a full blooded off road car so apart from the chunky and muscular body and good ground clearance, it is fitted with many electronic systems to help it shine when it’s time to play rough. Some of the standard features include A-TRAC system that can distribute driving force to any one wheel in contact with the ground, Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (for trail grade model), Toyota’s Crawl Control, Multi-Terrain Select system, Downhill Assist Control, Hill-start Assist Control and…
For the interior too Toyota reflects on practicality and equipments you need most when you are not on the road! 4Runer has three rows of seat and can be had with leather or fabric upholstery (based on the trim level – trial grade comes water-resistant fabric). The luggage area is pretty good, and you can extend it by folding third and second row seats. They can be folded from the side, or at the rear, using separate one-touch mechanisms.
Toyota 4 Runner also has some cool features like the SOS button, or the Party Mode button! which apparently boosts the bass and tune the equalizers of the car’s Premium JBL audio system and provide excellent outside audio for tailgating!!!