Toyota 4Runner 2010 for the U.S. market
The Toyota 4Runner 4×4 was launched back in 1984, based on the four-wheel-drive Toyota pickup architecture, as a smaller alternative to the Land Cruiser. And while it was last seen in the early 1990s around here, the 4Runner continued in the U.S. market, with styling harking back to the 80s original. Now, as the Middle East prepares for the launch of the blobby 2010 Prado, the Americans are celebrating the launch of the blocky 2010 4Runner. While both share similar platforms and engines, the American-built 4Runner looks far more purposeful.
The 2010 4Runner is offered in three models, namely the top-of-the-line Limited, the well-equipped mid-range SR5, and the Trail grade for those who require maximum off-road capability.
Drivetrain configurations include rear-wheel 4×2, part-time 4×4 and full-time multi-mode 4×4 with a locking centre differential. All 4×4 models are equipped with a 4.0-litre V6 mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The 4×2 models will be equipped with either a 2.7-litre 4-cylinder engine mated to a 4-speed automatic or the 4.0-litre V6 with the 5-speed ECT-i automatic. Optional third-row seats allow for up to seven-person capacity.
The new 4.0-litre V6 generates 270 hp and 376 Nm of torque, using Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), good for 10 horsepower more than the optional V8 of the previous generation. The DOHC 2.7-litre makes 157 hp and 241 Nm of torque.
The A-TRAC system is standard equipment on all 4×4 models. The system can distribute driving force to any one wheel in contact with the ground, making terrain irregularities and slippery patches transparent to the driver. An electronic-locking rear differential is standard on the Trail grade.
The Trail grade offers Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) as an option. KDSS improves terrain-following ability by disconnecting stabilizer bars to allow for more axle travel, and better suspension articulation in slow, difficult terrain. Toyota’s Crawl Control (CRAWL) feature is standard on the Trail grade. With the transfer case shifted into low range, Crawl Control regulates engine speed and output (along with braking force), to propel the vehicle forward or in reverse at one of the five low-speed settings. The Trail grade also features a Multi-Terrain Select system which allows the 4×4 operator to dial in wheel slip control to match the terrain.
All 4Runner 4×4 models are standard-equipped with Downhill Assist Control (DAC), which is designed to augment the low-speed ascending ability of low-range by holding the vehicle to a target speed with no driver intervention. All V6 4Runner models come standard with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).
A double-wishbone independent front suspension, combined with new, variable-flow rack and pinion steering, complement a four-link rear suspension.
The Limited grade comes standard with an X-REAS suspension system. X-REAS automatically adjusts the damping force of shocks when driving over bumpy surfaces, or when cornering.
A system of eight standard airbags includes front, side-mounted and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, and side curtain airbags for the second and third row. A rear-view monitor system is standard on Limited and Trail grades and optional on the SR5. The system displays in the rear-view mirror, helping to keep track of hard-to-see objects to the rear of the vehicle. A rear clearance sonar system is standard on SR5 models. A Smart Key System featuring keyless entry with push-button start is standard on the Limited grade.
The Premium JBL audio system has a six-disk in-dash CD changer and 15 speakers. For models equipped with the optional navigation system, a four-disk CD changer is used, and XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, and iPod with MP3 control functions are included, with 15-speaker JBL audio. A “party mode” setting raises the bass and transfers the equalization to the rear of the vehicle to provide outside audio for tailgate camping.
Unfortunately, the 2010 Toyota 4Runner will not be offered in the UAE or any other GCC country. After the original 4Runner left the Middle East, it was replaced by the Land Cruiser II and then the Prado, which incidentally is due for a replacement in a few months.