The first Toyota 4Runner is launched before 25 years in 1984. It was based on four-wheel-drive Toyota pickup truck. This SUV is the combination of ability to go anywhere and in the same time driving passengers safely and comfortably.

The four generations of 4Runner were sold in more than 1.5 million SUVs.

The fifth generation of Toyota 4Runner will be released in 2010 and it is expected to be one of the best sellers on the market. More agressive than the Highlander and more quick than the FJ Cruiser, the 4Runner combines the toughness and durability of body-on-frame construction with multi-use design that excels at a wide variety of tasks. There is also an option for third-row seats allowing up to seven passengers capacity.

The new generation of 4Runner will be entirely different. It will be bigger than the predecessors. The body will be taller, wider and longer, so the vehicle is more safe and more comfortable. The big SUV is also designed to have better off-road abilities. The active safety is maintained by  Toyota's Star Safety System™, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with traction control (TRAC), an Anti-Lock Brake System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) helps to ensure stability by compensating for oversteer or understeer.

There are different drivetrain configurations, which include rear wheel 4x2, part-time 4x4 and full-time multi-mode 4x4 with a locking center differential.

All 4x4 models are powered by a 4.0-liter V6 combined with five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission. The 4x2 models will be equipped with 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 4-speed automatic gearbox or the 4.0-liter V6 with the five-speed ECT-i automatic.

The interior is completely redesigned to gain extra comfort for the passengers. The option list for the 4Runner is huge, so every taste of the customers will be satisfied.

"In 1984 the first 4Runner helped cultivate and foster the up-and-coming SUV market, said Bob Carter, group vice president and general manager of Toyota Division.

"When the new 4Runner launches later this fall it will continue to be a perfect fit for young, and young-at-heart, outdoor and off-road enthusiasts."

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