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Toyota 4Runner



  • rward99rward99 Posts: 185
    Tried an on-line translation tool and came up with this. It appears to be some sort of 4 wheel dampening device, each working in conjunction with the other and the braking system too.

    ------Translation from Babel Fish -------------
    Generalizing controlling the movement of suspension of 4 wheels, the mutual cooperation shock absorber which raises travelling efficiency - system " X-REAS ". This worldwide beginning & technology of adoption, do the distribution of the ground load which falls on each wheel and the optimal control of dynamic attitude of the body. The shock absorber - you connect with respect to opposite angle. At that time the unit which adds optimum attenuation power in compliance with condition was installed. The cornering which also grip of braking and the inside which because of this, are stabilized low utilizes in the maximum became possible. As for " X-REAS ", it could not taste so far, the three-dimensional running is offered. *2001 year August presently the respective company investigation
  • jimxojimxo Posts: 423
    Looks a lot bigger. Thanks for the pics.
  • peter78peter78 Posts: 284
    Congratulations "coolguyky7" won our informal contest by getting a picture of a new 4Runner. Wow, it is cool. It looks a little like a Rav4 in front and a Sequoia on the side and well like a Honda Pilot or a wide 4Runner from the rear. I love the picture with the "4Runner" on the back, showing that there is no doubt this is a 4Runner. I have a digital camera in my car just in case I saw one but I am glad to say "YOU WON".
  • tbcreativetbcreative Posts: 357
    OH YEAH!!! Thanks, Coolguyky7! That was just what the doctor ordered to cool me down...

    I'm not sure what model 4Runner this is, but I LOVE the re-design! I can't wait to see more of it, and I especially can't wait to drive one in a little over a month! It looks so much cooler than the Sequoia, which is a big relief. The aggressive front end and nicely sculpted rear, with liftgate and power window no less, make this a really great-looking replacement!

    Okay, so if the new accents on the new Sport Edition are actually silver and not chrome, that may be acceptable, because I like the silver bumper accents on this one. I might still prefer an all-black truck, but now I can rest a little easier until I see more.

    This really made my day. Thanks again! -TB

  • peter78peter78 Posts: 284
    First thing I did was save the pictures to my hard drive, just in case the Toyota police stop the pictures. IT IS OUT NOW.
  • peter78peter78 Posts: 284
    Here is another forum of 4Runner guys who have seen the pictures of the new 4Runner. I would say their opinion of it, is (well) somewhat negative.;f=13;t=012362;p=

    This site has the actual pictures posted on their site.

  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    Give credit to jf01. He posted the link to that message board on the 4Runner 2003 thread. Although I will accept a little of it :-D
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    I thought it was going to be much more the GX470.
  • g_huskyg_husky Posts: 32
    I just saw the pictures of what very likely could be next vehicle. If an obnoxious Toyota dealer sales rep and inflated pricing do not get in my way, that is. I like it. While many will shop both 4runner and Pilot, they still are quite different in terms of their target. If you want or need the v8, prefer the utility of a truck-based vehicle, do anything more than light towing that requires power to the rear wheels, and prefer/need a premium 4wd/AWD set-up, the 4runner will move to the top of your list. Better styling (IMHO) and more aggressive looks are icing on the cake, and many will buy 4runner over Pilot for the image aspect. I view the Pilot 3rd row seat as a gimmick since its oriented to only small children and has practically no room behind it when open, so even though its there its usefulness is in question. Yes Honda will sell boatloads of Pilots to those wanting a presumably very reliable minivan substitute that rides and handles like a car. Frankly Pilot is not the type of vehicle that inspires my lust. I for one am happy Toyota is covering the bases and giving me a vehicle that meets our needs, a market Honda decided it did not want Pilot to address.
  • kjack100kjack100 Posts: 133
    Yes, we have a winner or two. My take...the front is fantastic, the rear is ok. The aluminum inserts on the bumpers and the rear wind deflector are going to take some getting used to. Maybe this is the SR5 version since there is no Limited badging. Love the Pacific blue. Congrats Coolguy.
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    A lot! It appears to have a beefy roof rack too. Only wish the new 4.0(?) V6 also came with the 5-speed automatic, like the V8 does.

  • mrwhipplemrwhipple Posts: 378
    Sure glad it doesn't look like the GX470. That thing has too many strange sharp angles going on in its styling.

    The front is nice but the rear is a little odd. Could be cleaner. Reminds me of the trailblazer.

    Wonder what that light gray thing is on the front, part of the bumper or skid plate.

    Hope we get some interior shots soon.
  • bigorange30bigorange30 Posts: 1,091
    that it doesn't look anything like the original spy shots we saw. The covered up car in the spy shot pictures looks longer and more boxy.
  • mrwhipplemrwhipple Posts: 378
    That previous link just put up more shots.

    There is a green SR5 that has really bad gray plastic that runs around the entire truck. Similar to the Nissan Frontier and Sequoia. I hope that isn't final. It's pretty bad. It's very angular in styling. Oh no.
  • bigorange30bigorange30 Posts: 1,091
    If so, they sure have cheapened it up with that plastic all the way around. I hate all the plastic that the American makes are sporting these days. Overpainted plastic is OK because at least it still looks like metal but the matte finish plastic looks so cheap. Why do they think we like that stuff?
  • mrwhipplemrwhipple Posts: 378
    It looks unfinished.
  • peter78peter78 Posts: 284
    Now that we have the side view of the blue 4Runner it matches that of the green plastic ???, so I would have to say it is the 4Runner. I agree with your view of plastic on the green 4Runner. Kind of like a Chevy Avalanche.
  • coolguyky7coolguyky7 Posts: 932
    That green one is a 4Runner.
  • rward99rward99 Posts: 185
    I'll have to say that this version is definitely different than the one I saw in February. They must have decided that the external change wasn't dramatic enough and went back to the drawing board. Front and rear are very different. The front looks more like a RAV4 and the tail lights are wider than the video. Sides are about the same. Just goes to show you that you can't count on early release pictures.

    I don't know that I like it at all. I'll have to see it in person before I make up my mind.

    I'll show the pics to the other guys that saw the video and see what their opinion is.

    Someone should have gotten closer to take a picture of the interior. I'd like to see if they've done anything to that.
  • peter78peter78 Posts: 284
    The Person who took the pictures, (Paul S at the Outdoor Wire forum), said he looked inside. He said and I quote "I just want to say I looked in the windows of the green one and the guages are like the ones on the Highlander. It is more plush than our third generation. It does have an advanced 4 wheel drive system from what I heard.".

    Here is the link;f=13;t=012362;p=3

  • Not a bad looking machine, however what's with that huge angled rear pillar? Looks out of place and creates an ugly rear side window. Maybe in a dark color the angled pillar will no be as noticeable The two tone green/gray looks cheap. A heavily discounted 2002 with a TRD supercharger installed is looking very appealing around now.

    My two cents.
  • whothemanwhotheman Posts: 169
    Since 1992, that is a specially designed pillar, symbolizing speed, aggression, and sportiness. It's one of the things that make 4Runner look so special, in case you hadn't noticed it's uniquely sporty appearance before compared to an Explorer, for example.

    Love the new look! Not convinced the lower body is "plastic", at least not like the GM plastic. It is probably the hard, football-helmet plastic that the current 4Runner uses on it's Limited fender flares. Wish the wheel arches were round, not GM square. Still looks good.
  • whothemanwhotheman Posts: 169
    Is it more than Sequioa? Same as Tundra with V8?
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    will make a big difference in terms of looks. The monochromatic Limited models are the most conservative, and will probably have the widest appeal. The SR5's looks will depend heavily on what other color faces the gray cladding. It could look great or terrible, depending on how the colors interact with one another.

  • tsc1991tsc1991 Posts: 1
    Good afternoon everyone. Looking for a top tier navigation system for my "Runner"- any suggestions?
  • tbcreativetbcreative Posts: 357
    Coolguyky7, I don't think there's any disputing the green one is a 4Runner. I'm questioning which model is which. If you zoom in really close on the green one in PhotoShop, it appears to have a Limited nameplate by the front fender, and the blue one has an SR5 after the 4Runner nameplate by the front fender. I thing the guys who posted these pics didn't quite get the story straight.

    I think the new rig looks awesome, and I can't wait to test drive one in September. There are a few things I like better about the 3rd gen that I will miss, like the beefy fender flares, but I think this is the best new Toyota design yet. It has all of the right elements from the Sequoia, RAV4, and Highlander, without loosing the 4Runner identity entirely.

    I'm not sure what your beef with the rear "c" pillar is, redwhiteandblue, because, as Wotheman points out, that's been an attractive trait of the 4Runner for some time, including the one you're talking about running out and getting. It doesn't look that much bigger to me, especially since the entire truck has grown out a few inches in all directions.

    And I agree with Wotheman about the cladding. Don't forget that these are low res. digital photos that lack the crisp detail necessary to distinguish detail and color. My feeling is that the lower cladding will be just like the current cladding available with the 2-tone treatment. When you zoom in closely on these pics, you see a lot more detail.
  • jf01jf01 Posts: 88
    When I was looking at the side, it seemed to me that it said "Limited 4WD" on the side versus "4Runner SR5." I waw wondering where the trim designation was, considering it's not on the back. Wouldn't it be a little redundant to put "4Runner" on the sides and the back? In regards to the cladding, in the picture w/ the green one, it looks like that cladding is shiny (looks somewhat reflective), meaning it is probably similar to what is on 4Runners now?
  • tbcreativetbcreative Posts: 357
    I looked again at it even closer, and you are right! Sorry about that. The "Limited" is really hard to make out, but that definitely says "4WD." I'm not sure what the green one says, I just hope it isn't a "Sport Edition" badge. Maybe it's just an SR5, or maybe it's a Limited 2WD. According to the guys who posted it, it's an SR5, so I guess I'll keep my pie hole shut until we learn or see more.

    I see you agree with my take on the cladding too. I don't know why anyone would think Toyota would go to the look of the Avalanche or Aztek, when none of their other vehicles do. Of course it's not going to be any different from the 2-tone on the current model.
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